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Thread: Laundering quilts

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    I have been wondering how other people clean their quilts. I wash mine on gentle and then air dry them. This is the way my mother has done hers for years. Do any of you dry yours in the dryer, are you afraid of shrinkage or twisting? I would like any feed back and/or suggestions. Thanks.

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    I make my quilts to be used. That's means washing.
    I wash with Orvus paste in the washer on a gentle cycle and tumble dry in the dryer.
    The only quilt I have had fall apart was the first one I made for my son. It didn't get washed, and he was using it all the time. It literally rotted and fell apart.

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    I wash my quilts individually in the washer and then dry them in the dryer. I love the "worn" look and feel of them after they are washed and dried. :)

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    I make my quilts to be used daily, so I wash on my regular setting (I have a front loader) and I always use the dryer on my regular setting. They never shrink, I don't have a twisting problem either. I just open them up before I put them in the dryer. I hand quilt so I never make anything larger than a twin. Hope this helps.

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    I throw mine in the wash and I tumble dry them on low. I haven't had a problem yet. There is some small amount of shrinkage, particularly as I don't usually pre-wash fabrics, but I like the look it gives.

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    i usually will wash a quilt before i give it back. The ones that i've finished have been returned to people who will look at it, and it's not going to get the "abuse" of a child.

    When i wash, i will use a delicate cycle cold water and let it air dry. I try to do that in the summer when i can lay the quilt on the back porch and dry outside. I haven't made a place in the basement yet.

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    I have one of mine in the washer as we speak, it has been washed many times before and then I will put it in the dryer. My quilts are quilted by a long armer or hand quilted by me and so far none of them has fallen apart.

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    I wash on gentle with cold water and dry in the dryer on low or cold air. I like my quilts washed and dried that way but I really can't air dry mine...we have allergies to outdoor things. Besides washing and drying does make them softer. And with kids I like to make sure they are clean and dried all the way through. Hope this helps. :-)

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    I wash all of my normally....regular hot in washing and dry is normal drying. I don't do anything special as when they leave my home I want them to be used and loved without any specific instructions for laundering them. Of course art quilts are a different story....cold wash and light drying until dry. I have never had any problems with these methods.

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    I wash them, dry them, put them where they go. If they can't live up to a normal washing and drying then I should quit quilting. I make them to be used, abused, loved, and worn out. As long as I can see and get to my stash it's not like I can't make more. I don't make them to be museum pieces.

    My antique ones are given special attention but not the regular quilts.

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    I put everything, even my silk clothing and underwear, in the regular washer and dryer. If it is a big quilt, I will take it to a laundromat and use the large front-load machine, but that is rare. My top-load washer will handle a king-sized comforter, so just about everything will fit.

    I do us a delicate or hand-wash cycle as needed.

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    I always put them in my own washer & dryer even the king size ones. I have a stack washer & dryer, but it's a full size one. I haven't had any problems to date.

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    Between the dogs, kiddo and husband our quilts are washed at minimum once a week. My favorite quilt is the one my mother made for my daughter when she was 1, that was all batiks. I quickly claimed it as mine and have used it daily since then. It gets washed with cold water with all free and clear soap and then dried on low. I have never had a problem with the washings. This quilt is well loved and still looks brand new other then the fingernail polish stain...

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    As long as it is adequately quilted and stitched/pieced, I don't think laundering a quilt will hurt it. The ones I have made get heavy laundering, and I haven't heard of one falling apart yet :D:D:D

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    i put them into the washer...my own if they fit, the laundrymat if they are too big...then i toss them into the dryer. I love how they come out all soft and fluffy!
    even my silks/velvet/corduroy/wool/flannel crazy quilt gets tossed into washer and dryer (for almost 10 years now) nothing bad has ever happened. except the one time i did not have a couple appliques stitched down well and they came up....I felt that it was a really good thing i always wash my quilts as soon as they are finished before they go to anyone. that way if anything is going to happen i will know and can fix it before the recipient has to deal with any stress.

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    I do same as you.

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    I just toss mine in the washer and dryer like normal clothes. I do tend to wash a new one alone for its first washing with a color catcher to judge how much/if it will bleed. When I know it's okay, it's then just considered normal laundry. I make my quilts to be used and loved. If they end up falling apart in years to come, well that's just an excuse to make another quilt!

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    I throw mine in the washer and dryer.

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    I wash the quilts I use in the washer and hang them outside to dry. They have lasted for years, I only wash them twice a year. I like the look and feel of new quilts so I don't wash them. I have scads that I have made and need to find homes for them so I can have room for all I have in the works. I never wash my fabric before I cut it, as I like the feel of new. I've never had any to bleed yet in 20 + years of quilting.

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    In the washer. Reg cycle. Reg detergent..gotta get that thing clean again. Toss in drier. Ready to use again.

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    Mine are all handquilted but they go in the washer and dryer. They are meant to be used. This is from the lady who washed her daughter's $800 wedding dress that had gotten dragged in the mud at the historic site reception. I threw it in the washer but did hang it up to dry. Most of the places you pay big bucks to "preserve" your wedding dress throw it in a washer as soil is the thing that destroys the fabric.

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    I hand wash in the tub, spin dry in washer, and air dry on line.

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    wash & dry on normal settings - with 4 cats & a dog - mine get washed frequently & I've not had any problems

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    Wash with a color catcher on gentle. Dry in the dryer, stopping the dryer every 5-10 minutes and adjusting the quilt so it doesn't get wadded up.

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    Our local laundromat has some extra large machines. I use those--both washers and dryers. They get cleaner and dryer faster.

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