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Thread: Wash or Not Wash

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    Super Member Deecee's Avatar
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    I don't wash finished quilts - but I don't use starch, glue or basting spray and I am very particular about keeping them clean while working on them.

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    If you have used any spray starch, sizing, marking tools, or have not pre-washed your fabric, it might be a good idea to wash. Using cool water and very little, if any, soap, will assure that the colors are fast, and any chemicals are washed out of the fabrics. Sometimes it even gives the quilt a new look then before washing.

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    After the quilt is done, I wash on the delicate cycle with warm water, very small amount of soap, with an extra rinse, and tumble dry low heat. I do not wash wall hangings. There is generally a small amount of shrinkage, maybe 2-3%, just enough to give that wrinkly comfortable soft puff and it seems to "set" the thread and fabric together. I prefer working with new fabric, I like the smell and feel of it! When it is washed first, it has to be ironed and the fuzzies need to be trimmed away, extra work! But if you swap blocks, they want it prewashed. However, if I were going to work with bold colors that were going to be next to a bright white, I would consider a prewash. I admit some people are concerned about fadding, but I have never had a problem with my fabrics, except when I have been working with old (50+ years old) fabric.

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    I NEVER pre-wash my fabrics because I am too lazy to iron all those yards of fabric to get them ready to cut. I ALWAYS wash my completed quilt with a color catcher because I love the way it puckers up a little and looks.:-)

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    I always pre-wash my fabrics before cutting and always wash after the quilt is finished. The quilting takes on an entirely new look after it has been washed. I love the way it feels after this final washing. It's much softer looking, feeling, etc. But I can see both sides of the debate. I don't think there is really any wrong way, just personal preference. Just watch out for fabrics bleeding into each other. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyg
    I wash when my quilt is all done to remove any marks I may have made and to wash out the glue. I glue down my binding before I hand-stitch it down. I don't have to use pins doing it that way. Anyway, I need to wash out the glue.
    What kind of glue do you use?

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    I prewash some dark fabrics before using but always wash quilts after they're finished. They're softer that way plus I mostly wash out the cat and dog fur that fabric sometimes acquires in my house. Have 2 baby quilts in planning stages and will prewash darker fabs but also definitley wash afterwards. Never wash the wallhangings and am on the fence about the quilted bag I'm making for a friend.

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    What is a color catcher?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I toss mine in the dryer with a very damp, large bath towel and a dryer sheet. It comes out fresh and all the fuzzies are off.
    I kinda like your method........the only ones that I wash when finished are the chenille ones to get the fluff, fluffier.......

    I prewash my fabric for quilts but don't bother for hangings........

    I will think about this after-washing.........mmmmmmm

    thanks, I will try it on the next one going out.

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    I wash all fabrics when I get them home from the store and as soon as I finish the hand sewing on the binding, I put it into the washer, then the dryer. I always FMQ them and washing and drying make them look so much better. I would not even think of giving or storing a quilt that was not freshly laundered. :-D :-D :-D

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    A color catcher is a sheet (similar to a dryer sheet) that is thrown into the wash. It pulls all of the color from the wash water onto it to keep one color from migrating onto another. You can find it with the laundry stuff. I think Shout carries a brand of it.

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    I wash my quilts when they are done. It just makes them look fresh and comfy. I also use warm water,gentle cycle and dry on low heat.

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    When you wash them do you dry them in dryer???

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    I wash EVERYTHING. Don't want to worry about shrinkage after quilt is finished and all fab shirnks some. After quilt is done, I wash/dry. Love the way the quilting show up after its w/d. I always w/d before giving the quilt away. Want to make sure my house smells are out of it.

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    That is good advice!

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    I just toss quilts in my drier and check frequently for lint. I even preshrink my cotton or cotton/blend batting. Soak it for 10-15 min...no aggitation since it will shred...spin dry and toss in the drier. (Bet this starts another discussion...ha ha ha.)

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    I wash and dry my finished quilts with a Shout Color Catcher to make sure the fabrics don't run and I machine wash on a gentle or hand-wash cycle with a gentle detergent like Ivory.

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    I do both, wash and not wash, depending on the quilt.
    If it is a quilt for show, I always wash so I can block the quilt to make it hang perfectly.

    My method: Wash your quilts in the washing machine BUT don't agitate very much at all. I have a top load washer so I fill with cold water and let it soak for a while. Then I use my hands and squish around a little. I let it agitiate for only a minute or two. Then I let it rinse and spin out etc.

    What is hard on your quilts is the agitating, not the spinning so agitate as little as possible. After the quilt is spun out, I VERY CAREFULLY lift the quilt and put in the dryer for about 5 minute increments and rearrange when the buzzer rings. Always be careful when handling that wet quilt. This is when it is fragile from the water weight.

    Once the heaviness of the quilt is gone, usually about 20 minutes, I take it out and lay it flat on the floor and let it dry the rest of the way. If the quilt is for show, I pin it to the carpet to block it. If not for show, I just let it dry.

    What do I use to wash my quilts? I use a small squirt of Dawn dishwashing detergent in the washer. Small so you don't get too many suds.

    Another trick to make that quilt nice and soft: use a lot of fabric softner in the washer and a dryer sheet in the dryer. This makes even a quilt that has been machine quilted to death nice and soft. It also smells wonderful!

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    Now I'm in the mood to wash a quilt.

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