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Thread: How to clean???

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    I have just completed quilting a top that is from the 40's and I did not wash it before quilting as I was afraid to. It is all quilted now and really needs washing. How should I go about it? I need help.

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    Do you have the binding on it yet? I would if it isn't before washing it :D:D:D

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    It is all bound and finished. Do I want to just give it to the daughter all finished or should I clean it???

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    I would wash on gentle and use a gentle tumble dry

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    I put mine in the washer and dryer and they came out fine. I did 3 that were some my Grandmother had pieced in the '40's and '50's.

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    I do gentle wash cycle and tumble dry and have had no problems so far. Have done new and old quilts this way.

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    I have added a picture. Also does any one know what this block is called???

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    How are the signatures done -- written in ink or embroidered? That will make a difference in how you wash it.

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    The signatures are all embroidered.

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    Also the hand piecing was very well done.

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    I just have to say that this is a wonderful quilt!! :)

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    If it was me, I'd take it to the dry cleaners

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    I think washing on gentle and tumble dry should be just fine.

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    Good luck with the washing. I have no idea on this subject. Very unique quilt, nice work!

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    i wash mine on a gentle/delicate cycle and in the summer, i just lay them on the back porch to air dry. Not sure how i'll dry this one i'm currently finishing...

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    Is there any way you can test the signatures to find out if they are colorfast? I would be afraid to wash it unless I were absolutely sure whatever was used for the signatures is permanent. Or, are those embroidered signatures? If embroidered, again you have to make sure that the dye in the floss won't run.

    I would hate to send a quilt like this to the dry cleaners; I normally would use either the top-loader method of washing (stop before agitation cycle and hand agitate, then spin out, add rinse water, hand agitate again, then spin out) or a gentle cycle in a front-loader. It is the signatures that give me pause....

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    I wonder if the black thread would run? Thread wasn't as colorfast as it is now. It's a lovely quilt. As previous poster has said, the signatures are the part I would be concerned about.

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    soaking is the only way to do old quilts. then spin and fill with clean water. soak, then spin again.

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    I wash them on gentle with a short cycle. Use Synthropol, or any low foam detergent like Woolite. I rinse mine twice and spin them out. I put them in the dryer but take them out before they are 100% dry, then hang them over my quilt frame to completely dry.

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    THird generation of quilt washers here. None of us ever did anything special---just wash them and dry them.

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    I always was mine on gentle with a mild soap, then I always lay my quilts on my bed to dry. I never put my quilts in the dryer. I flip it half way thru the day & let the other side dry. The heat from the dryer will shrink the blocks & in time will fade the blocks.

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    i do cold water gentle, with retayne. after the retayne, in a separate wash, again cold and and gentle, woolite or baking soda. when i dry, i dry all the way. i think hanging old quilts is harder on them than completely drying them.

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    How cool! I wash all my quilts on delicate and low tumble dry.

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    gentle cycle cold water and dry on a cool heat setting is how i would do it

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    I would also put a "color catch" in with it when you wash it.

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