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Thread: Washing instructions

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    Senior Member diannemc's Avatar
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    When giving a quilt as a gift do you give washing instructions? If so what do you put on it..??

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    I just tell people to wash it in a front load washer on delicate and warm and then dry it in the dryer. That is what I do with all of mine and they seem to be holding up rather well.

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    Ditto to the above and I also give them a couple of color catcher sheets especially if I've used strong colors, just to be on the safe side.

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    nope i only give my quilts with love once it is out of my hands it is there's to do with what they wish. I would love them to use it to death. If they ask i would tell them.

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    I wash all my quilts before gifting.
    Usually I write: "This quilt is all cotton and can be washed in a regular washer with warm (not hot) water, regular detergent, spun dry, and damp dried in your dryer. I usually drape mine over the back of the sofa, or some other place, to finish drying. It is made with love and meant to be used and loved; if it needs repair, call me; enjoy!"

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    if I was going to sell a quilt I would.
    when I give someone a quilt I don't. I don't put anything in my quilts that requires special handling-just normal care.

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    I will tell them how to wash it. My grandmother was happy to hear she could actuallly wash the quilt I had to laugh at that. It think it gives the recipent a sense of "ok I can use the quilt" She now uses them more.

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    I generally put washing instructions on the label (back), paricularly with charity quilts.

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    i include care instructions on my label...
    name of quilt, made by, city, state, date; any pattern used or other pertinent info and care instructions/fiber content...
    example:
    quilt top 100% cotton
    hobbs 80-20 blend batting
    backing poly fleece
    machine wash cold on gentle cycle, tumble dry medium heat.
    or...
    100% cotton fabrics, batting, thread
    machine wash cold, gentle- tumble dry low or hang to dry.

    what ever the case may be, but any quilt i am parting with have instuctions and fiber content included on the label

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    I just tell them. Wash on gentle w/ cold and dry on low or hang.

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    In the beginning I didn't but now do. Cold gentle wash, air dry or dry on low heat and do not dry clean.)

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    What are color catcher sheets? I never heard of them.
    Where can purchase them?

    Crazy Baker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazybaker
    What are color catcher sheets? I never heard of them.
    Where can purchase them?

    Crazy Baker
    Shout makes Color Catcher sheets. They are usually available at Wal Mart, groceries, etc. in the laundry section next to such things as stain removal, dryer sheets, etc.

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    I pre-wash all gift quilts, but do not pre-wash a customer's quilt unless asked to. I do include a quilt care sheet with every gift or order. I am happy to email that sheet to anyone.

    Quilt Care and Storage Sheet

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    I wash every quilt as soon as I finish the binding. With all the starch I use, and all the handling, I figure it needs it, and I want to see how it looks after washing. When I give them away, I give directions for how to wash them. Before I started quilting I had no idea how or whether to wash a quilt. If someone had given me one, I would have worried about how to take care of it. I think it's a kindness to tell someone that yes, the new quilt can be washed, and giving instructions. This provides the freedom to use the quilt rather than put it on a shelf.

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    I tell mine, machine wash, cold, delicate cycle, then machine dry on low. Mine all do fine this way, as I prewash all my fabrics before I work with them....

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    I print out washing labels on the photographic fabric. I've included our intructions.

    Lanny
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    Thanks for info. Crazy Baker

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