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    DITTO for Traditional Quilter!!!!

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    I love to wash my quilts as soon as I'm done with the binding. Love to see the crinkle, feel them soften up. It's not finished til it's washed and dryed at my house. I've been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning just to see it completely finished.

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    Why?? I work slow and I know it got dusty in addition, it will be washed in when it gets to its destination . Calla

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    Is there any way to avoid that crinkly look? I'm thinking of trying poly batting - ? Also have a wool batting ($$!) but now it sounds like it'll crinkle too - ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    Is there any way to avoid that crinkly look? I'm thinking of trying poly batting - ? Also have a wool batting ($$!) but now it sounds like it'll crinkle too - ??
    When I want a more modern look I use either pre-shrunk Hobb's 80/20 or Quilter's Dream poly. The QD poly is more like a cotton batt than the old style poly batts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    Is there any way to avoid that crinkly look? I'm thinking of trying poly batting - ? Also have a wool batting ($$!) but now it sounds like it'll crinkle too - ??

    Preshrink everything! Including the batting. Here is a link to a blog about prewashing/preshrinking your batting
    http://suegarman.blogspot.com/search...inking+batting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    When I want a more modern look I use either pre-shrunk Hobb's 80/20 or Quilter's Dream poly. The QD poly is more like a cotton batt than the old style poly batts.
    Thank you!! I just don't care for the flatness of the cotton batting; would prefer a bit of puff without the crinkles so I'll check those out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    Thank you!! I just don't care for the flatness of the cotton batting; would prefer a bit of puff without the crinkles so I'll check those out.
    I am not real fond of the super flat cotton batting either so that's why I use Hobb's 80/20 a lot. It has just a little loft to it so it really shows off your quilting.

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    I agree with what you have said. Maybe I will start to wash them.

    Quote Originally Posted by w7sue View Post
    I had never thought of washing quilts after they are finished. There are many great reasons to do so and maybe I will start. All the quilts that are used in my home are washed and dried when necessary. There is one hanging on the clothesline right now since my 14 year-old dog had a horrible accident on it during the middle of the night - it actually went into my washer for a hot water wash! It did just fine and smells so much better now ... lol. Before anyone gets worried about it being on the clothesline, part of my line stays in the shade all day so it is ok.

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    I like to wash mine to make sure there are no surprises. Threads that need trimming are also way easier for me to see after it has been washed. It goes in for a normal wash and dry cycle.

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    Never wash a finished quilt. Let the recipient do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    Is there any way to avoid that crinkly look? I'm thinking of trying poly batting - ? Also have a wool batting ($$!) but now it sounds like it'll crinkle too - ??
    The best poly that I have found is made by the Warm Co (same co that makes Warm & Natural) is Soft & Bright. I love it. Unlike most of you, I don't wash my finished quilts. I don't like the crinkled look which is why I use Soft & Bright. I just washed a queen size that I had made several years ago (my bedspread) and draped it over the deck railing to dry, and it looks like I ironed it. I was so pleased at how it came out. I do wash all of my fabrics as soon as they come into the house.
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    Yes, I always wash mine. I want to know if there are any problems before I give it to someone.
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    As I use glue to attach the binding, I always wash/dry before giving it to the recipent. Plus I want to know if its going to bleed now instead of later when a very distraught person calls me about it happening. Nothing worse than someone thinking they've destroyed the gift I gave to them. As I don't wash my fabrics beforehand, this takes the worry off my back too.

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    I always wash. I love the crinkle plus I have a cat with long white hair.

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    I do not wash my finished quilts......ones I keep or those I gift. With gifted ones I will infom receiver to wash I cold water then dry in dryer on gentle....if they do or don't -?

    I do not use any fab that " bleeds", if they bleed when I test( cut a piece dump in cup of hot water) I don't use. I only wash when bsolutely needed. Air fluff in dryer occasionally to freshen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    I ALWAYS - last step after binding is tossing the quilt in the washer- then the dryer----every quilt---every time---I want to see how it comes out before it goes to whom ever it is going to...
    I totallly agree, plus I want to be sure there is no left over dust, grime, cat hair, etc, that might have gotten on the quilt while I was working on it. And I love the slight shrinking from the batting & the softened feel after it is washed. That slight shrinking does hide some quilting mistakes.

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    I've always washed my quilts when I've finished. I hand wash, a quick spin, then line dry. I was taught by my first quilt teacher to always prewash and just couldn't use unwashed fabric so I don't have a worry about shrinkage or color runs.
    I think this is another of those issue which have advocates for both sides. To each his own I guess.

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    Absolutely wash and dry it every time before gifting. The quilts are very dirty at that point, from all the handling, my pups on it while I'm sewing on binding, etc. Plus, to get the glue out (I glue baste). In addition, if there are any problems on the quilt I want to know BEFORE I gift it. I always use color catchers, too - should have bought stock in that company years ago... : )

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    better to find a problem before you give it away! I always wash mine.

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    I agree with all of the above, always wash it when completed. Because of the size, large, of most of my quilts I take them to the laundramat. Kind of lurk around the machine until its done. Think of it as an unveiling, a rite of completion.

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    It looks like the majority wash when finishing. Do most of you have front load washers? I have been told that the agitation in a top load can harm the quilts so take mine to the laundry mat. How many of you use a top load and if so is there a size limit of quilt you wash in it?

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    I always wash any baby quilts before I hand them off. I would hate for the baby to accidentally ingest any leftover dyes (I don't prewash my fabrics). I recently made a baby quilt that bled a little, and thankfully I was able to run it through the washer a second time (before hitting it with the dryer), and all the bleeding came out. Whew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    I ALWAYS - last step after binding is tossing the quilt in the washer- then the dryer----every quilt---every time---I want to see how it comes out before it goes to whom ever it is going to...
    Me, too. Plus, I like the way it looks after washing.

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    I wash and dry every quilt I make.
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