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    Unless it's a kit, I prewash mine. I always throw a color catcher sheet in with them too.

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    I Never thought of pre washing pre cut squares but I will from now on. Worked on Christmas place mats, spilled something on one the first time we used them and had to wash it, was totally ruined because one of the squares bleed all over the other ones. I will take the suggestion and hand wash like colors.

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    I used to prewash but no longer do. Am an avid user of fat quarters and they were a pain to wash. Would do some kind of pretest with bright red or blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    I don't ever pre-wash except when requested for a swap. I haven't had a problem and I use brights all the time, especially red.
    I don't wash them either. But if I did wash fat quarters, I would do it in the sink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I sometimes do the Q-tip test. Wet a Q-tip with hot water and rub it over the fabric. If the tip discolors. then wash.

    FQs can be rinsed in a bowl of water and wrung dry inside a bath towel. The final drying comes from the iron. Quick and easy.
    Great idea.

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    Growing up, I was taught to prewash everything...more for the shrinkage factor than the bleeding. This was for clothing construction. I still prewash as I find that even LQS fabrics can be just a bit "off" after washing. I would rather know that before I put hours into a quilt and then have the quilt skew after its' first washing.

    Patti

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    If the fat quarters are from a quality, higher end manufacturer I don't wash them. Chain store fat quarters should probably be prewashed.

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    I use a mesh bag for fat quarters and also throw a towel in the washer. This helps alot.

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    If it is a dark colour I would wash it, or at least do the swab test. Mostly I don't prewash as I prefer the stiffness of the fabric when new. If I ever prewash I starch before cutting.
    I do pre-wash for swaps though as some people seem to have allergies to the dressing in the fabric.

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    I don't prewash my fabric,unless someone wants it that way, such as a swap etc. But you can do small pieces like fat qtrs in a salad spinner, instead of them getting all tangled in your washing machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter2
    Today I bought fat quarters from the Black, White & Currant by Color Principle for Henry Glass collection. I'm trying to decide if I should wash and dry them. There is so much debate about this, what do most of you do? I'm sure this is on the board somewhere but I don't know how to look for it. All of you are so wonderful and helpful, its like all of you are friends. Happy New Year to everyone.
    Don't laugh but I put them in my salad spinner
    :oops: ,then iron them dry. LOL Liz

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    I never pre-wash my fabric. I like to sew on it while it still has some body and I like the look after it is washed as it puckers some. If I am concernd about colors running I put in a color catcher sheet for the first wash. You can find these in the detergent section of the grocery store. If you do have a quilt that runs, you can still save it by washing it with color remover that is sold with the fabric dies.

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    I washed my fat quarters today, put them in a mesh bag and used a color catcher sheet, put them in the dryer for a couple of minutes. Turned out great. Thanks for all you advice.

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    Thanks for all the advice...I was wondering this myself....I think I'll gently prewash and slightly dry....

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    I soak both fat quarters and jelly roll pieces. I don't want to go through all of that work and find that something bleeds. Rather than washing and drying pieces in your machine (will fray terribly), just soak pieces in warm to hot water for about 20 minutes. Take pieces out of machine, squeeze out excess water and let dry on drying rack. This also helps with preventing shrinkage which can cause pieces to pucker later on.
    Arlene

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    I usually do not prewash anything. That being said, I recently participated in a FQ exchange that required prewashing. I was blown away by the shrinkage in a couple of the pieces. It was some of the more inexpensive fabric that shrank. This has led be to rethink the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arlmar
    Rather than washing and drying pieces in your machine (will fray terribly), just soak pieces in warm to hot water for about 20 minutes. Take pieces out of machine, squeeze out excess water and let dry on drying rack. This also helps with preventing shrinkage which can cause pieces to pucker later on.
    Arlene
    Begging to differ here. Washing and drying by machine does not guarantee "fraying terribly". There are as many ways to avoid fraying as there are those of us who manage to prewash with little or no fraying at all. As for line drying to avoid shrinking, that's one of the many reasons I prewash everything...so it does shrink all that it is going to.

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    I am open to suggestions as to how to wash fat quarters and jelly role pieces so they do not fray. When I soak the pieces I tend to soak them in hot water so they do shrink. I am absolutely looking for the shrinkage to occur before I begin piecing.

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    I wash everything.

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    I want my quilts to be used, so, yeah, I wash and dry any fabric that comes into my house before I use it.I learned that horrible lesson on my first peiced quilt, ... after it was washed, I had to fix a bunch of seams.... I've just started starching my tops before I baste them,makes the fabric so much easier to handle.

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    I haven't gotten the chance to work with FQ but my yardage always gets washed. I made a quilt and didn't do this and learned the hard way. I use the color catcher sheets and they are magic. The last load had solid black and a white and they came out great!

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    I prewash everything, never with fabric softener.

    some fabric shreds worst than others, but at least I know color fast !

    A lesson learned !! So sad after a finished quilt !

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    Only if they are flannel.

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    I don't wash fat quarters and I really don't wash fabric anymore, period. I used to years ago, but quilting fabrics from the major manuf. are so much better now.
    If I were to do just a 2-color quilt (red & white or blue & white etc) I would probably wash them but otherwise, no.

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    I wait till I have finished the quilt because the fat quarters are so small.

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