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Thread: Washing a quilt

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    Junior Member laadw's Avatar
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    I just finished a quilt that I stippled. I want to wash it to get that crinkly feeling. I have never done this before. What is the best setting to use.

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    I wash mine on gentle cycle and then i line dry them. They get that puffy, wrinkly look you are after.

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    I wash mine on the gentle cycle and dry them on the perma press cycle. It works great.

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    I wash mine on the gentle cycle too--but I throw them in the dryer on low.

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    I also wash on "Casual" setting and throw into the dryer on a low temp.

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    I just throw it in the washer on a warm wash/cold rinse and then into the dryer on regular setting. I figure that the folks that get the quilts I make for them won't be doing anything special for washing so I want to make sure they hold up to regular washing.

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    Did you square it yet for binding? I wash mine before I bind it, block it on the floor and air dry and then bind it.

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    I always bind mine first. I don't want the uncovered edges to fray.

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    I was mine in the washer on gentle, dry on low. I also put my binding on first. :D:D:D

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    I have never washed one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    I always bind mine first. I don't want the uncovered edges to fray.
    I don't wash it enough to fray. I just soak it enough for the water soluble thread to dissolve if used, the water soluble marker to go away, and wet it enough to block. I short spin gets rid of the excess water and then lay it flat to block.

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    As soon as I finish sewing on the binding I put mine into the washer - put in small amount of detergent and fabric softener - fill it up - let agitate for a couple of minutes - turn it off - let it soak about 5 minutes - let it agitate again for a couple minutes - let it spin and let it rinse normal. After the final spin, I put it in the dryer - on low and rearrange it every so often. When dryer stops I lay it out on my glass topped dining room table and leave it overnight to make sure it is totally dry. I then put it in a plastic bag and take it to work to show Daughter and son - then I give it away or I keep it. Long answer but, it works for me. I have probably washed 20 or more quilts like this and to date I haven't had any casualities.

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    You might want to throw one of those dye catcher sheets (sold at Joann's) into the wash with it to avoid dyes bleeding onto light areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laadw
    I just finished a quilt that I stippled. I want to wash it to get that crinkly feeling. I have never done this before. What is the best setting to use.
    I wash quilts on the gentle cycle and bout half dry them in the dryer and then line dry them.

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