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Thread: Wash or Not Wash

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    I don't know what to do some people wash they quilt when thy finish it and some do not i want to know what should i do are you suppose to wash it ....what you think and what should i do????

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    I did not wash after finish and don't know what is the useful 4 washing

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    I wash all my quilts after I've quilted them. It seems to set the " puckers" and looks different and complete to me. My LQS told me not to forget the washing after I was done. I figured my quilt was not finished until it was washed and dryed.

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    I was after I finish, mostly to make sure nothing looks "off" before I give it away. But I also have a dog, and want to limit the dog fur also.I would hate to have a seam come out, or something horribly wrong after it comes out of the washer. Mostly, I suppose this is just paranoia.

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    Because I have so many cats I have to wash my quilts after finishing to help remove all the cat hair. But even if I didn't have cats I would wash for the following reasons:
    To remove any markings
    To remove any dirt the quilt may have gotten during the quilting process and most importantly
    to ensure the quilt will hold up to washing, especially if it is a gift.

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    I always wash after. It gives me a chance to to a final check on everything before I give it away. Once I had used some poor quality fabric, and after it was done and washed, some of the seams had frayed quite badly. Glad I did it before I gave it away. Since I was under the gun on time, I fabric glued them back together. Cheating, I know, but not time to start over.

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    I always wash my quilts when I finish. I love the way they feel and smell fresh out of the dryer.

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    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.

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    I wash my quilt after quilting but before binding. The fabrics set and I can then lay it on the floor to dry. Make sure the lines are staight and it lays perfectly. If you have a carpet you can use T-pins to tack it down. If no carpet, I use something heavy on the corners. When dry I then square it and bind it. The ones I have not washed were not so well squared after they were washed. Also the quilting marking lines will go away, since I use a water soluble marker.

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    I never wash until I think it needs it.

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    I do not prewash my fabrics. I do wash all quilts before they leave my house. I want to make sure they are clean, free of dog hair and since I use a basting spray, I want to make sure that is gone as well.
    I have a front loader washer. I just run it on a casual cycle with low spin, a little detergent (I use Amway stuff) and a color catcher. I then toss in the dryer on a lower temperature.

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    I don't wash my quilts after they are done. My Grandmother told me a long time ago to never wash a gift because you wash out the good luck and dry in the bad! I know, I know, another superstition, but I've just always done it that way.

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    I wash when I am finished. I don't always prewash, I use starch, Elmer's glue, fusible, etc... I wouldn't want to wear clothes that had all of that in it without washing it first, and our quilts are in contact with our skin too :D:D:D

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    Great question, thank you for asking. This is a recent question for me, I had never heard of washing when complete. I do prewash 99% of my fabric, if its precut I don't prewash.
    I did wash when I used basting spray.

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    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.

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    I always wash it before I give a quilt away. Then I know it's gone throught he machine once and if there is a problem, I'll know about it before its gone.

    I wouldnt wash a wall hanging though. I'm not likely to wash it anyway.

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    I don't wash.

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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.
    Thanks, that is a great idea :thumbup:

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    Like this idea!

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    I only prewash Batiks ,Flannel, and Swap fabric..if it is mandatory,

    Flannel, especially when mixing it with cottons, or used on the back or a cotton quilt...it shrinks more than cotton.

    Other than that, I wash every quilt when it is done..in case it falls apart! :roll: and because of the chemicals on the fabric from the manufacturer. I love they way they look and feel after i get them out of the dryer..

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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 like your idea, may have to copy :)

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    I wash everything before i use it in a quilt. If it is going to shrink or the color run, I want that to happen before I put it in a quilt. Some batiks need to be treated with Synthropal. It hellps to set the dye so it doesn't run anymore. I find that dark colors like purple or navy tend to run and some reds do too. I was always told the rule is wash all or none of your fabrics in a quilt.

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    I always wash the quilts before I give them away. I think it makes them all clean,soft & snuggly, and removes any yucky finish stuff as I don't pre-wash my material.
    I toss a color catcher in, if I think the colors might bleed.
    :)

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    I always wash mine when done. Even if it's just for me. I just like the way they look.

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    I don't prewash my fabrics, unless I'm afraid it isn't colorfast. So I do wash my quilts. I make a lot of baby quilts and I don't want to send any chemicals their way.

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