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Old 09-12-2019, 11:31 AM
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Would you sew the batting together before or after preshinking?
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:37 AM
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I wouldn't think it would make a great deal of difference, but I would sew it together afterwards, mostly because the batting is easier to work with in smaller pieces.
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I sew it together after preshrinking.
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I never preshrink batting, so when I've pieced it, it's been before any washing. For me, the batting is first washed after the quilt is completed.
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Read what the batting package says.

Some say "do not wash" before quilting.
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Old 09-12-2019, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by JustAbitCrazy View Post
I never preshrink batting, so when I've pieced it, it's been before any washing. For me, the batting is first washed after the quilt is completed.
Same here - never prewash batting. Only washing it gets is after the quilt is completed. Your batting may suggest preshrinking, however, so check your instructions. I use W&N 100%.
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Old 09-12-2019, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
Would you sew the batting together before or after preshinking?
I think ... you are asking about pre-shrinking the batting only ... and not fabrics with batting?

I only pre-shrunk battings (baby quilt size) a couple of times, and found them to be such a gooey mess to flatten out and dry, that I have never done it. The frustrations never outweighed the rewards of doing so.

That being said, if I were to think of pre-shrinking, it would definitely be the smaller pieces,
as there would be less of a gooey mess to fight with!
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:27 PM
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I've only done it a couple of times. My hope is that the quilt will not be as "crinkly". I've used warm and natural both times I've preshrunk batting. I just wet it with warm/hot water in the sink, squeeze it out and dry it in the drier. It worked fine.

(I do not wash before gifting.) Sometimes, I prewash the fabric, sometimes, I don't.

It was easy. I encountered no problems with doing it. However, I'm not sure how it turned out after washing.

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Old 09-12-2019, 09:08 PM
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Thanks everyone.
QuiltE, I'm not really planning to wash the batting. Just spray with water
until damp then dry. Hope it will shrink some. If I don't forget, I plan to
measure before and after to see how much it shrinks. Just an experiment.
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Okay, I have been doing since I started batting like this since I started 9 years ago. I get 5 white washing hand squares wet with cold water. I put the batting ready with sprayer water lightly gently in the dryer. And then I throw in the squares every time 5 minutes to fluff it up and it does gets most of the batting the wrinkles out. They lose lots of gentle creases when it is done. When I started drying it and when they are done - love them with the top of the backing and then the top of the batting and then the quilt. They get it done.
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