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Thread: Do you always wash you quilts?

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    Junior Member Joselake's Avatar
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    Do you always wash your quilts before you give them away? I'm still pretty new and have only done a couple, but so far I' haven't washed them. Do you?

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    Yes. They are all washed before they go out the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Yes. They are all washed before they go out the door.
    Ditto :-)

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    I have dogs therefore I have dog hair and dust in my house. Need I say more? LOL

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    i only wash quilts that will be washed in their future.

    i mainly make art quilts with many types of embellishments and these are never meant to be put in the washing machine.

    if a customer wants a quilt for bedding purposes those are always washed first before handing over to the owner.

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    I always wash mine first because I always have at least one seam that needs to be repaired after that 1st wash (usually in the borders too!! you'd think I could sew one straight piece of fabric to another by now!). and washing and shrinking helps hide some of my minor oopses

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    YES!!! if anything goes wrong- like a seam comes loose-or a fabric bleed or anything else i want to know- and be able to fix it before it goes to anyone else--- it can be very devestating for the recipient to be the first one to wash their quilt and something happen to it....has been known to really hurt feelings/family relationships

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    I know we just had this conversation earlier this week..but I can not find my post..

    the majority said YES....especially if you have a smoker in the same block as you, you have any kind of animals in the house...etc...

    Since I prewash my fabrics before making the quilt, I generally do not worry about washing it again before it leaves the house...depends on how much handling it gets!

    If I do wash it, I make sure the recipient knows that..and does not wash it again!

    If I don't wash it, I let them know that as well!

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    Yes.....I like to see them all crinkly.....other way reminds me of an old stuffed shirt...too stiff!!!!! lol

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    Yes - I wash it in the machine with regular detergent, some color catchers, and cold water, then dry in drier, just as a recipient would. I figure if it takes special care, it reduces the possibility that they would actually use it.

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    Yes I wash all of my quilts when they are done.

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    there are quite a few chemicals used in the sizing during the manufacturing process and insecticides during shipping so I want to wash all of that out before giving to someone and them thinking it is ready for the bed. Also, when you are piecing and quilting, you will leave oils and dirt from your hands.

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    I wash to get out all the starch from the fabrics. It helps to make them softer also. (I am a starch aholic) hehe Plus I have a cat want to make sure also that it doesn't bleed or fall apart after it gets washed. just because I worry about that stuff.

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    I didn't used to, but since I don't prewash, I've started washing them before gifting. Mainly because I have a dog and a cat in the house so I want to be sure they're not allergic to my quilt! :)

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    All mine are washed before they are given away

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    I prewash my fabrics and I still wash every quilt when it is finished. I don't do art quilts. All my quilts are made to be used. I want to know that it is clean when it goes on the bed or when it is given to someone.

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    Unless they are to sit in a cabinet and never be used..why wouldn't you wash them. I love crinkle and I find washing softens most fabrics.

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    Yes, I spray baste and use less pins for quilting; so make sure it is washed after.

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    I always wash mine too........I am terrified that someone will have an allergic reaction to dog/cat dander from my house........

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    Always. I like the crinkled look. I always wash and dry before gifting. That is probably how the person who gets the quilt is going to care for it.
    Sue

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    Between dogs, marking for handquilting, and the handling, I always wash mine before they go out the door. Because I hand quilt they have a tendency to hang around here for a while and I'm not the most consistent housekeeper either. So dust, messy DH, etc. Yep - wash it. Reg. cycle, reg. detergent, dryer. Just like the recipient would.

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    I've never thought about washing them first. I am going to start.

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    Always!! I want to make sure that if there are any problems, I can take care of them and I like them smelling fresh!! :-D

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    I haven't been washing...you've convinced me to start!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb44
    I prewash my fabrics and I still wash every quilt when it is finished. I don't do art quilts. All my quilts are made to be used. I want to know that it is clean when it goes on the bed or when it is given to someone.
    Same here! :thumbup:

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