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Thread: Do you wash a gift quilt before giving?

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    I haven't been on this board long, so maybe this has already come up. But I've been wondering ... when you make a quilt as a gift for a family member or friend, do you wash the quilt before giving it as a gift? Or do you leave it as it is so everything is crisp and "unwrinkled"? Thanks for the feedback.

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    I don't prewash before giving them as I like the crisp clean look to them. Others I know wash to give them the wrinkled look .

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    I don't prewash either.

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    I prewash baby quilts. But others I don't.

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    It depends on who I am giving it to, some have allergies and can only use certain detergents/softeners. Other's I wash if I haven't prewashed the fabric. Each situation is different... :D:D:D

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    I always wash.

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    I always wash mine before giving; God only knows what might be lurking on the poor thing by the time I'm done! It's not as bad now that the cats have all passed on... but I quilt where ever can, inside, outside....so far, I've been able to manage to to keep food away ..... hmmmmm cookies & quilting, just sorta go together......

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    I wash because I have cats, and I don't want the quilt to have any kitty hairs on it. My babies roam our entire house, so it's entirely probable the quilt will have hairs on it. I wash, dry and put immediately into a plastic bag.

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    I like to wash it cause for some reason I am always terrified that I will pull it out of the washer in shreds or something lol. So I wash it and make sure everything holds together and that nothing bled or anything. :)

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    I wash before giving. Mostly because my kitty, Molly, likes to "help" with all the quilts I make, but also just to be sure it will make it through the wash without falling apart. :shock:

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    I wash also - by the time it's done, it's been handled a LOT - and my cat has usually "assisted" a bit, too.

    I also clear off the dryer top, hold it away from me when I take it out of the dryer, fold it immediately and put it in a large plastic bag (NOT a trash bag - one I can see through!)

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    I wash. I have two dogs and I sure do not want to give something to anyone that has allergies to dogs.

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    I prewash to make certain the dyes don't run and are safely set in the fabrics. I also like the old-fashioned look after it's washed.

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    I rarely wash before giving, except occasionally a baby quilt.
    I do, however, always include care instructions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I wash because I have cats, and I don't want the quilt to have any kitty hairs on it. My babies roam our entire house, so it's entirely probable the quilt will have hairs on it. I wash, dry and put immediately into a plastic bag.
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    I always wash for the same reasons, dog and cat fur!

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    I wash them to get the Elmer's glue and starch out that I use when binding. I only use hypoallergenic soap & fabric softener at my house due to my own allergies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    I like to wash it cause for some reason I am always terrified that I will pull it out of the washer in shreds or something lol. So I wash it and make sure everything holds together and that nothing bled or anything. :)
    Me too! I like the wrinkled look, but I especially want to be sure that everything holds together. I'm not easy in my mind about a quilt until it's been washed and dried.

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    It depends on who is getting the quilt. I test my fabrics for bleeding before using them. I do have indoor dogs but I run a sticky roller over the quilt really good to remove any dog hair if I do not wash the finished quilt. It also depends on the quilt. If it is to look like an old quilt with the puckered look, yes I do wash.

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    I always wash. Just makes me feel better knowing that after all the prep, the piecing, and the quilting that I give it to them clean. I also like the wrinkled look though.

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    I am thankful that everyone knew what I was asking. A kind board member brought it to my attention that I didn't "proof" my question. I've asked the Admin to correct it for me. Thanks to all for your answers. You truly are all helpful.

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    I do wash baby quilts, but not others. Hope that helps!

    As far as new clothes, I always wash them as well so that they immediately shrink into what their permanent size will be and if it's a fabric meant to be wrinkly, then I won't have worn it one time nice and crisp and then all wrinkly. Weird, I know! :lol:

    And welcome to the board Gramma! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I wash because I have cats, and I don't want the quilt to have any kitty hairs on it. My babies roam our entire house, so it's entirely probable the quilt will have hairs on it. I wash, dry and put immediately into a plastic bag.
    Same here! If not, the quilt would resemble one of those furry blankets! :lol:

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    i wash before gift giving..i want to make sure it stays together! lol!

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    I didn't used to wash because I like the crisp "unwrinkled" look. I do wash now because I don't want whoever I give the quilt to think they did something wrong when they wash it and it comes out all wrinkled.

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