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    I just read all the logs on washing FQ before using them. I guess I better start washing fabric before cutting it. But do you wash the completed quilt once it is finished? How do you do that if you do? How do you dry the quilt if washed? I just finished 2 quilts. Thanks you your input.

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    When I wash quilts, the ones I use, I do it in the washing machine on gentle cycle. I then lay it on the back porch, over a king size sheet, and strech it out to square, cover with another sheet, put bricks on the edges of the sheet to secure it and let it dry flat. all of this is in the shade. Hope this helps, but then I am nuts, or so it seems....

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    My quilts are purely for cuddling under (no bed quilts yet), so I just wash and dry as I would my sheets, washer, then dryer. Works great for me! Oh and I rarely wash my fabric before cutting and I haven't had any problems yet, but pre-washing is a highly personal preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabricnut
    I just read all the logs on washing FQ before using them. I guess I better start washing fabric before cutting it. But do you wash the completed quilt once it is finished? How do you do that if you do? How do you dry the quilt if washed? I just finished 2 quilts. Thanks you your input.
    I don't prewash fabric (except for flannel, which I prewash and dry twice before using). If I suspect a fabric might bleed, I test it with some water before using. In my experience, normal amounts of quilting stabilize fabrics enough so that they won't shrink disproportionately.

    I always wash a quilt for the first time in Synthrapol. Synthrapol suspends any unset dye particles in the water so it is rinsed away instead of settling into other fabrics. My quilts are made to be used, so I machine wash and dry as I do other things.

    Synthrapol is inexpensive and widely available in quilt shops or online. Amazon has it now.

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    I don't prewash my fabrics. I do wash all my quilts before they go out the door. I just throw them in my Front loader washer with just a little regular detergent and a Shout Color Catcher cloth or 3 and run on a "Casual" setting with a med spin speed then just throw in the dryer on the Casual setting with a warm, not hot temp

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    I never really wash my quilts.

    I do put detergent in the washer, let it fill and then push the quilt down into the water and let it soak. If it won't stay under water I put a towel on top to keep all the quilt submerged.

    I might walk by the washer once or twice and push it around a little to make sure it gets equal chance at the detergent and water.

    Then I spin the water out and refill and push the fabric down in the water again.

    Then I spin the water out and refill all over again (send rinse).

    Then I put it in the dryer on low low heat for a few minutes - maybe 5 or 6 minutes.

    Finally I spread it out on the cleanest and least used piece of rug in the house on top of a large white sheet.
    It dries very quickly and doesn't do anything to the rug.

    Several of my quilts are 20 plus years old and they look wonderful.

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    wow, love reading everyones comments, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenagwis
    My quilts are purely for cuddling under (no bed quilts yet), so I just wash and dry as I would my sheets, washer, then dryer. Works great for me! Oh and I rarely wash my fabric before cutting and I haven't had any problems yet, but pre-washing is a highly personal preference.

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    Ditto! Mine are for cuddling under too. I always on wash/dry the finished quilt, especially if I used washable glue when assembling the binding. But I prewash most of my fabric before I use it, unless it's a precut. I use a color catcher sheet on both the fabrics and finished quilt.

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    I do gentle wash cycle with synthropol for color fastness and then tumble dry for short time and lay flat

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    I figure my quilts are going to be machine washed and dried by whomever I give them to, so that is what I do. I want to do it first to make sure there are no problems...

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    The first thing I do when I put the last stich in the binding is go throw it in the washer. I wash on warm with regular detergent. If I remember I throw in a color catcher. I dry my quilts in the dryer and pull them out and turn them once in a while so they get evenly dry.

    I want quilts that I give to people to be fresh and clean. It can be ages between the time I start a quilt and when I put that last stitch in the binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    I figure my quilts are going to be machine washed and dried by whomever I give them to, so that is what I do. I want to do it first to make sure there are no problems...

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    I do the same - I also figure most people would wash them on warm and in a warm or hot dryer, so that's what I use. If any little bit is going to come loose, I'd rather know about it before I give it away. Also since I have pets, I like to make sure the worst of the fur is off of them before I give them away.

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    I generally don't wash a quilt that is to be a gift. Since I prewash the fabric and keep the cats off the fabric, I toss the finished quilt in the dryer with a dryer sheet and a damp bath towel.

    When I do need to wash a quilt (or if it's my own) then I toss it in the washer and dryer.

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    I wash finished quilts to get out any marking I did for quilting. Also cat hair, no avoiding it.

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    I wash mine in the washer and dry in the dryer. I know my kids and family and that's what they are going to do too.

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    I wash all my fabric after i buy them. I wash my quilts in the washing machine and put them in the dryer. I do that so I can wash all my marking out. and to get animal fur out.

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    I wash mine on cold water, except for baby quilts- those I wash on hot because I just know that's what will happen to them. I use a color catcher too. I did get some Retayne at my LQS for some batiks that I had bought which were too small to wash. I put them in a sink, used the retayne, and they never bled.

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    I rarely pre-wash fabric. I generally use an all cotton batting so I wash when the whole project is completed. I do pre-wash flannel though - try to reduce the lint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenagwis
    My quilts are purely for cuddling under (no bed quilts yet), so I just wash and dry as I would my sheets, washer, then dryer. Works great for me! Oh and I rarely wash my fabric before cutting and I haven't had any problems yet, but pre-washing is a highly personal preference.

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    I agree here ;)> I have never prewashed fabric.. partly due to my excitement to get started .. and lazy. I usually will wash it after .. as well as I love the puffy look it gets first time washing and snuggly soft;) . It is a preference and those who do ...........believe it wholeheartly .

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    I had not been prewashing my fabric until the past year when I started using the internet to teach myself how the tips and tricks. My conscience says I should because the teachers suggest it. I have now done both and found no difference in the finished product.
    When the last stitch goes in the binding I put it in the washer in a tub of cold water with 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar. My sister believed this sets the colors and I do it religously. I have seen some of my items years later and they may have been washed past their normal life span but the colors were close to day 1.
    After a few hours soak in the vinegar water I add detergent and wash on a gentle cycle. As an earlier poster mentioned, my quilts don't have room to move around in the tub so I let the machine run through the cycles and then run it again. Sometimes the third time. Pop that quilt in the dryer on a heat setting (most people who don't sew will not know to use a low heat setting) I do turn it every 5 or so minutes so it won't get to hot in one place. If it is going to come apart I want to know it before I give it away.
    I want any quilt I make and give to someone to be used.

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    Wash and dry.Unless its an art quilt then I don't or I do it different(depends on what its made of)

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    Sounds like the same way I take care of them and No problems yet, made many quilts without washing fabric first. I personally like my fabric crisp from the start, it makes it much easier to cut. I also throw my quilts in washer on delicate, cool water and low to medium heat in the dryer. Your exactly right.... It's all about personal preference.
    Quote Originally Posted by athenagwis
    My quilts are purely for cuddling under (no bed quilts yet), so I just wash and dry as I would my sheets, washer, then dryer. Works great for me! Oh and I rarely wash my fabric before cutting and I haven't had any problems yet, but pre-washing is a highly personal preference.

    Rachel

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    prewashing is up to your own personal preference. i never wash a quilt if it is being given away. this is my preference since the quilts will look new until the new owner washes it.

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    I guess I came from the old school that thinks you don't wash a quilt until it needs washing. I want my quilts I give away to be new and I let them do the washing. I always prewash my material and I use polyester batting so they have never had one be ruined by washing. I made 7 flannel rag quilts one year for all my grandkids for Christmas and I did wash them several times.

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    I prewash and dry before quilting.

    I had a disaster when I did no do this
    and do not want another one.

    If you can't wash/dry/use then I do not want it.

    JBJ137 from SC

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