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    do you wash baby panel..

    I'm make 15 baby quilts for the pregnancy center for single mothers, I wanted to do some easy and fast ones. I have a lot of baby panels so thought I would use them, all I'm going to do is add a 3.5" boarder, this way a 11/2 yd of fabric will fit the back and just bind them and done.

    My question is do I wash the panels first or wash them after I have quilted them.

    the fabric that I would use for the boarders and backing has been washed as this is coming out of my stash....I have already sewed boarders on 8 of the panels, what do you think I should do wash them after I have the quilts all done or take the boarders off that I have on...

    I tried doing a search but didn't come up with anything about washing a panel

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    My motto is wash none of the fabric or all of the fabric. I don't mix pre washed and non washed fabrics because the panel may shrink and throw off your borders.
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    I have been told if you wash one fabric you wash it all. I would prewash by hand in hot water. I have washed panels before and they came out fine. But I wouldn't take the borders off. You could wash one and see if there is a shrinkage problem. If the panel shrinks and puckers the border then you can decide on all the others.

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    I'm inclined to pre-wash everything. Having said that, you have already put effort into 8, so if I were you I would take one and use it as a test. Sandwich, quilt, bind and then wash....if it works out....you have your answer. 15 is a lot of little quilts, so try and make it as stress free as possible. Don't forget to show us when you are done....you know how we love pics. I think it's a really nice thing you are doing....it's tough being a Mum, being a single Mum is even tougher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
    My motto is wash none of the fabric or all of the fabric. I don't mix pre washed and non washed fabrics because the panel may shrink and throw off your borders.
    I agree. with this.

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    i'm one of those who have mixed washed/pre-washed fabrics in lots of projects-without problems- i seldom pre=wash panals- i generally pre-wash yardage-i've made lots of panal quilts- there has never been any adverse results when it's all done- & i ALWAYS wash my finished quilts before they go anywhere-especially donation quilts. i say- continue on- but if you are worried- finish the quilting/binding on one & wash it- see what happens- i throw mine in the washer- regular detergent- regular cycle- then i toss it in the dryer- then i take them out & admire them...
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    I normally wait til after it's completed. I just like how it wrinkles up after hand quilting. Before or after, just make sure you do with a baby blanket. There are all sorts of chemicals on the fabric.

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    I rarely, if ever, prewash. By the time a panel is sewn, quilted and bound, I've never had any shrinkage problems. And, I've been doing it this way for 20+ years.
    Laurie in NYC

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    I am from the "anything is okay" school of prewashing. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, sometimes I mix the 2. The only thing I always prewash is fabric predominately red, black, navy or orange. But I do it in the bathroom sink for small pieces. In hot water, if the water turns color. I do it again with retayne, and let it soak for a day after the retayne. If it is still giving off color, I dry it and put it in a bin with other culprits. when I get more fabric (enough to do a load), it all goes into the washer with color catchers. Then I feel safer to use it. I don't always wash after the quilt is done. Also part of my "anything is okay". Most mothers of babies prewash anything that is given to them - in their detergent of choice. So not prewashing a baby quilt (for me) is okay.
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    I agree with above poster....don't take off the borders, wash in the sink, watch for bleeders, treat accordingly....and I always wash when done to get rid of any chemicals or dirt/oils from my hands during construction.

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    Whenever I buy fabric I surge the ends and wash it before it goes in my stash room, then when I am ready to use it I know it is ready to go.

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    I would first check to see how the panels are for straightness. If everything measures square before washing, I would slap on the borders and quilt. If the panels are off kilter, I would hand wash and block them square before adding borders. I have found that a lot of panels are printed off or are stretched when put on the bolt. I have even had to cut off printed borders from panels to get them square enough to add borders.

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    I am one of those people that pre-wash everything before it is used in a project. In fact I wash my fabric when it comes home from the fabric shop, that way I know everything has been pre-washed.
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    Thank you to all for your good advice on to wash or not to wash..

    I always wash my fabric before I put it in my stash but when I got the panels I didn't, I really didn't know what to do with them.. The panels were given to me by the ladies from our church to make the baby quilts for the center...some are old and some new but all pretty cute. I just had to provide the backing and sew and quilt them, it was a big help to get the panels for free.

    I will take your advice and finish one and try and wash it to see what it does.. I would hate to rip off all the boarders that I have on already. I'm trying to do them all together like cut all the boarders sq all of them up and so on, it makes the making of the quilts a little faster.

    Thanks all for your help...I can always count on you ladies for good advice .

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    I wouldn't wash the panels. If they are straight now, they could go wonky with washing. Fabric shrinkage is not an issue if the quilt is moderately quilted (not tied, and not quilted in lines 12" apart). Once quilted, the batting controls shrinkage of the fabric; mixing washed and unwashed fabric in this kind of quilt is fine.

    I would wash only fabrics that I suspect could bleed profusely. Moderate bleeding is not a problem if you wash a quilt in a large machine (that uses a lot of water; not a domestic front-loader) in Synthrapol.

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