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Thread: Do most of you wash fat quarters

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    Super Member quilter2's Avatar
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    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.

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    I always pre-wash, especially to make sure they're colorfast. I often will put an old white sock in the load so I can easily see if any dye comes out of the fabric. I knew someone who did a red and white quilt once without pre-washing. First wash of the finished quilt was a disaster.

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    For fat quarters I usually do not wash unless it is for a swap . They are so small to begin with and can tangle really bad. But if they were red I would probably try since that is the color that tmeds to run the most

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    I agree with Sharon...sometimes I cut off a corner and drop it in a clear glass with a little bit of hot water and see if it bleeds.

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    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.

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    I seldom wash fabric before using. If a dark or bright color I'll check it for bleeding first and if it does I don't use it in a quilt, it will just fade fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    For fat quarters I usually do not wash unless it is for a swap . They are so small to begin with and can tangle really bad. But if they were red I would probably try since that is the color that tmeds to run the most
    That is what I do too.

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    I always prewash everything. Fat quarters are the smallest precuts I ever buy, and not all that often, but those get prewashed just like everything else.

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    Please prewash. Recently I was working on a shower gift for a niece (placemats, napkins, tablecloth etc) her colours were black and a deep red. I thought I was safe to wash these colours together without thinking about the fact that two of the fabrics had white polka dots. I ended up with blacks and reds with pink polka dots. Needless to say I headed back to the fabric store to correct the situation. Lesson learned

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    I always prewash. I hand wash the smaller pieces.

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    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.

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    I like your tips, Mad Quilter. I'll remember the Q tip test, and the bowl of water/ironing trick.

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    I pre-wash everything. I serge the cut edges first so there is no raveling. If a fabric is cut off grain or the color runs or it shrinks, I want that to happen before I use it. The serged edges are a sign for me to know that it has been prewashed when I throw the remaining fabric in the scrap box or back in my stash........depending on how much is left.

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    I very seldom pre-wash. Today's fabrics do not run like they did years ago. If I am using a dark color, I will do a test on it to make sure the color does not run.

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    I pre-wash by hand. That way I do every piece individually and if the colours run, they don't run onto anything else. I have found lots of colour bleeds from current fabrics. There is always shrinkage with cotton, so by pre-washing I am hoping to avoid too much puckering from later washings. I add enough puckers!!

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    I prewash too. My son sometimes says that the upstairs bathroom looks like a labratory with all of the little bowls set out.
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    I hand wash fat quarters and then toss them in the dryer. Seems to work ok.

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    I must say that I wash everything, then it usually gets folded straight out of the dryer and I press just before using, though I have pieces bigger in my scrap bin than a FQ

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    I usually don't wash my fat quarters. Only when being used for a swap.

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    I prewash everything...by hand if its tiny. I just can't imagine putting hours of work into something and having one "renegade" fabric mucking it up.

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    I also hand wash and dry in very low setting in dryer, take out before they are totally dry and iron .

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    No I don't. I only buy top of the line quilt fabric. THAT said a batik or hand dyed one would get hand washed first.

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    I've had expensive quilt shop fabric run before, be careful.

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    I LOVE this hint Mad Quilter!! Thanks so much, never thought about doing it that way and it makes it much easier.

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    What about bom? I have not prewashed those. But yesterday I did have a block that is pretty red. I put it together anyway.

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