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Thread: To Wash, or Not to Wash?

  1. #1
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    Nov 2011
    Bee Branch, Arkansas
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    To Wash, or Not to Wash?

    Do you wash all your quilts after quilting, before giving it as gift or before entering in contest or fair exhibits? I know the longarm quilted ones are Ok, but what about the ones not done on a longarm but on your home machine? I've heard pros and cons on this also. Is this something judges look for in competitions? Oh, I'm so new at this and so many questions?????????????

  2. #2
    Super Member
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    Mar 2011
    Central NJ
    Can't answer your questions as to competitions but as to gifting...yes, I always wash my quilts before gifting. I hand quilt so there are marks, oils/dirt from my hands, dog hair, etc. I'd like them to be clean when giving them.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Sturbridge, Ma
    I will answer from the judges point. One item on all judging sheets is "Appearance" which means is it clean and without major wrinkles etc. So the answer is probably yes if the quilt was soiled in the quilting process.
    Should be free of pet hair and free of odor. Some quilts come to competition smelling so bad it is difficult to stay in the room. One show I judged this past year had one quilt that had been put in a plastic bag until ready for judging.

  4. #4
    Super Member
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    Feb 2011
    New Rockford, ND
    yes i wash my quilts in tide free, before giving
    them away.

  5. #5
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    Mar 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    If it is going to be judged, I would say not washed but only if it was clean and odor free. After all that work I would hate for a fabric to bleed or fade. Ideally you have washed any problem fabric before assembling your quilt. If it is to be given for a gift, I wash, put in the dryer until almost dry and then block to restore wrinkle free state.

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