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Thread: Washing before selling?

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    Super Member IBQUILTIN's Avatar
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    If I buy faric or batting at JoAnns, I always wash a quilt before gifting or selling. All of their fabrics come from abroad, and have to be fumigated before entry to this country. It scares me that fumigation residue might get onto something in a baby quilt

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    I always wash, one to be sure it doesn't have a seam somewhere that just wasn't sewn in correctly, and two because I have dogs, and I don't want any dog hairs to go along with the quilt. I do tell them I have washed it and used a color catcher, so if has a little color on the catcher, I tell them, and tell them to use the color catchers until it doesn't run. I don't usually have a big problem with colors running, but I would hate to spend all that time on them just to be ruined because of color running.

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    i always wash mine...even had one dry cleaned!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom
    I saw another thread about washing baby quilts before giving them away. In the same vein, should I wash the quilt before I list it for sale? I was thinking the same thing a couple ladies said--if it's going to fall apart, I want to know while I still have it! And if I wash it, should I put it in the dryer?

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    If it's to be sold, I wouldn't wash it. Just like you wouldn't want to buy clothing that was already laundered.

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    i always wash mine before it goes your right i want to make sure it holds up and is clean

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    Just don't understand why people are so afraid to wash/dry the quilts they make. Think about the the stitches in that sucker. How can it fall apart? I tell everyone I give a quilt to that is should be washed and dried like it was a towel and to add towels to balance the load.

    I always wash/dry before giving away. Washing makes the quilting pop and I can see if I missed an area.Oh, and I dry it completely in the drier! Never an issue.

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    I'm a "washer" as well. I want them clean and fresh for their new owner. I always let them know it's been washed, I tell them about Color Grabbers, and tell them how to launder in the future.

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    I always pr-ewash my fabric, and then wash my finished product to rid of quilting marks, threads, etc, and then I use sizing when I iron it and hang in with a pants hanger with a bag from the dry cleaners over it! I use everything fragrance free as well and put a care label with it!

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    I do not wash prior to giving them away.However... I do tell them it hasn't been washed and it should be washed the first few times in COLD water and Woolite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Good fabric still looks and feels good after it is washed - if it didn't there would be no point in making quilts. I use starch while I'm quilting, and I want it gone before I gift a quilt. Many people have smokers, cats, dogs, or other critters in their homes while they are quilting, and the recipient may have allergies. I can't think of a single reason why a quilt shouldn't be washed when it is gifted, even if the fabric was pre-washed.

    I put most quilts in the dryer under low heat and take them out when they're still just a little damp. I then lay them on a clean surface (e.g. a sheet on the floor) for blocking, if that's necessary.
    I have dogs, cats, and a smoker in the house, so I wash everything and put it in plastic bags as they come out of the dryer(where I let them cool), just before they go out the door (next to the dryer).

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    I usually wash the hand quilted ones. I like to get any oils and soil/blood of the piece before calling it finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggimom
    I saw another thread about washing baby quilts before giving them away. In the same vein, should I wash the quilt before I list it for sale? I was thinking the same thing a couple ladies said--if it's going to fall apart, I want to know while I still have it! And if I wash it, should I put it in the dryer?

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    when i finish a quilt i wash and dry it the same way i believe the recipient will care for it. i want to know how it's going to handle it. and if i sold a quilt without washing it then the new owner washed it and a color ran or a seam came apart...they would not only be mad as all get out, but demanding their money back, i never want to be in that position, so i take on the task of ensuring it will handle laundering ok. i even washed my wool-silk-velvet-corduroy quilt...came out beautifully! tossed in the washer, tossed into the dryer...out FABULOUS!

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    I just saw your post. I live in the Shenandoah Valley, too. West of Edinburg.

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