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Thread: Rag quilt prewash or not

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    Junior Member lynn7448's Avatar
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    Hi!
    I am new to the board and also to quilting. I am going to make a rag quilt for my grandaughter, as my first project.
    The front will be cotton, Warm and Natural batting and flannel back. Since I have a whole different combination of fabrics, should I prewash or not? The flannel is a deep purple.
    Thanks for you help!
    Lynn

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    I would at least wash the flannel, more to avoid shrinkage problems than anything else.

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    I would pre-wash the fabrics, especially the flannel. I would probably wash and dry the flannel at least twice. Flannel tends to shrink a lot more than cotton.

    Be sure to post a picture when you are done! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynn7448
    Hi!
    I am new to the board and also to quilting. I am going to make a rag quilt for my grandaughter, as my first project.
    The front will be cotton, Warm and Natural batting and flannel back. Since I have a whole different combination of fabrics, should I prewash or not? The flannel is a deep purple.
    Thanks for you help!
    Lynn
    First of all welcome to the board from Pipe Creek Texas!!!

    I have made many, many rag quilts over the years. I have never prewashed any fabric. I wash the quilt after it is complete so that it frays better. I guess it is a matter of personal preference....good luck with your decision.

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    I've made many flannel rag quilts and I never prewashed either. You always wash it afterwards to get the fraying to start. I've never had an extreme shrinkage problem either.

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    I have made several rag quilts with cotton top and backing and flannel between. I have never pre-washed my fabrics and haven't had any problems with shrinkage.

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    I would definitly wash the purple flannel!! Purple always bleeds, a lot!

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    I continue to hear from folks on here to pre-wash flannel, but what about the flannel charms? I used them and didnt pre-wash but I haven't quilted it yet either so I dont know if it will shrink. Sure hope not.

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    i have made a couple of rag quilts (lap size) and never prewashed. going to try to do a quilt for hubby with a mixture of cotton and flannel (his old concert t-shirts) so curious how this will work out. i use flannel as the middle fabric - not quite as bulky but a very warm quilt. mother in law is going to get a rag quilt for christmas with cotton on top flannel in the middle and probably cotton on the back. let us know how yours turns out!

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    Made several rag quilts using flannel on both sides 'No' batting used. Did not pre-wash. Warm & Natural will be bulky. For a warmer quilt you may want to use flannel as batting. Will be much softer for little hands to hold.
    She will love the quilt.

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    I would wash the flannel. It shrinks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlp
    i have made a couple of rag quilts (lap size) and never prewashed. going to try to do a quilt for hubby with a mixture of cotton and flannel (his old concert t-shirts) so curious how this will work out. i use flannel as the middle fabric - not quite as bulky but a very warm quilt. mother in law is going to get a rag quilt for christmas with cotton on top flannel in the middle and probably cotton on the back. let us know how yours turns out!
    T-shirt knits will probably curl where cut instead of fraying. Might want to do a practice piece and see what it does.

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    I have never mixed fabrics for a rag quilt. I use flannel front and back and have never prewashed . Never had any problems either

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    I always prewash flannel, just in case!

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    i was thinking of making a border of flannel around each t shirt - or maybe a possible border with cotton- do you think that would work better?

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    Thanks to all for sharing your knowledge and expertise. I did a test with the corner of the purple flannel and it did not fade one bit.

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