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Thread: To wash or not to wash.....

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    Senior Member retired2pa's Avatar
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    I'm curious....after you finish a project that will be given to someone, do you wash it first or just give it "new"? What if it's for a small child?

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    I have not washed a gift quilt, but I give washing instruction.

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    I don't wash either unless it is a rag quilt

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    I always wash because if it doesn't make it I want to be the first yo know!

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    I always wash them.

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    I always wash before giving. If there is to be a problem with washing I want to be the one doing the washing. It's a matter of prefference.

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    I always wash a quilt before I send it off to live in its new home. It can be years between the time a fabric gets bought and when it gets put in a quilt. I quit pre-washing fabrics several years ago for most quilts so by the time a fabric gets into a quilt it could really use it!

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    I wash them all first :D:D:D

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    I do not prewash my fabrics before using them (exception is flannels)
    I do wash all of my quilts before they go out the door. I usually throw in a couple of Shout Color Catchers.

    Reminds me, I just finished 2 quilts, I should get them started in the washer!!

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    I don't prewash my fabrics so I wash the finished product before I give it away. It gives it that puckered look and I also use washable marker to mark my quilting so the wash gets rid of those also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    I always wash because if it doesn't make it I want to be the first yo know!
    Yup, same here!

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    I prewash my fabric and wash before I gift them, especially for children. Small children may often have allergies to the sizing or dyes in the quilt, besides washing makes it softer.

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    I don't prewash fabric (I did however recently wash a bunch of red fabric but did not use hot water nor did I machine dry it, so no shrinking lol) because I like the krinkle look. So I always make sure I wash quilts so they krinkle prior to giving them as gifts so the gift getter doesn't think they "messed" up the quilt!

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    I don't wash I like then to have the new fabric smell :roll: LOL

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    I made a nice lap quilt for Jim's brother for Halloween. The cats sat on it a lot while it was in progress, plus I used chalk to draw the lines, so I did wash this one. It's possible that I could get into the habit. We will see.

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    I don't wash. I love the nice crisp feel of a new quilt

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    I wash the finished quilt too - want to check that there are no seams that need touching up, wash out any glue I've used binding, and any markings I used for quilting. Also gives me a good test that my label text still shows up.

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    I like to wash before giving. Love the crinkle look, the cleanliness, getting rid of chemicals because I never pre-wash, etc. Plus what the others say about it falling apart, bleeding, etc. I'd rather have it happen on my watch, but I'd be mad, mad, mad! LOL!

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    I wash before storing my fabric. Somebody told me that if a fabric comes from Offshore manufacturers it may be sprayed while still in the cargo containers to kill off any insects that may be travelling with it, and to also kill any insect eggs. If this is true, I would not want to give an unwashed quilt to anyone. I make a lot of kids quilts and try to be careful that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltbugs
    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    I always wash because if it doesn't make it I want to be the first yo know!
    Yup, same here!
    Me too.

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    I alway's wash all items even the doll quilts because I live with cats and dogs in the house and people have allergies. Also, when I wash, I use detergent with no perfumes, no dyes, alway's use Clorox 2, and a softener with no perfumes, no dyes so there is no static when they take it out of the pkg. Besides, my body oils and such are on there and I do not want that to be a problem. I also wash all my crocheted afghans, prayer shawls, winter scarves, ets.

    So yes, I wash everything before giving it to people except new clothes with the tags still on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I do not prewash my fabrics before using them (exception is flannels)
    I do wash all of my quilts before they go out the door. I usually throw in a couple of Shout Color Catchers.

    Reminds me, I just finished 2 quilts, I should get them started in the washer!!
    Will we get to see them??????

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    Every one gets a bubble bath, and fab softner, downy april fresh, so they can recieve, fluffy, soft, krinkely. :)

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    i wash everything. i don't know what people are allergic to, and who knows what the quilt has been on or what's been on the quilt?

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    I always wash just to be sure it will not fall apart ha ha :) :)

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