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    Just getting through washing an embroidered quilt in the bath tub - am I the only one who tastes the final rinse water to make sure all the soap is out? DH laughs at me for doing it, but it is a white quilt and if you don't get all the soap out, you get those brown stains as it dries.
    Now to wrap it in a bedsheet, spin it in my washing machine (a few rusty spots on inside of machine, that's why the sheet) and hang on the line. Nice sunny, non-windy weather, polyester batting, should be dry by this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    Just getting through washing an embroidered quilt in the bath tub - am I the only one who tastes the final rinse water to make sure all the soap is out?
    I've never felt the need to do that, but if it works for you...

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    Nope, I've got to say that that's a new one on me but like she said, if it works for you. . . . .

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    Ummm, did you say a bad word?

    Nope, never done that.

    Whatever works for you.

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    No I guess I am a bad girl. Open front load washer, pop in quilt, wash, pull out and either put in dryer for that crinled look or hang over rail of porch to dry.

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    Will bath tub washing get out starch? I never used starch before, but am finding it handy in certain places. But I feel the need to wash it out when done. Wondering the best way to do that?

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    Sorry; but never heard of such a thing. I wouldn't dream of tasting laundry water...rinsed or otherwise lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdek
    Ummm, did you say a bad word?

    Nope, never done that.

    Whatever works for you.
    HAHAHA that was my first thought :D
    Hey, whatever works for you!@!

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    Never done that :) As a matter of fact, yesterday I washed (in my washer) an embroidered wall hanging. I used the "Hand Wash" setting with cold water and it came out beautiful. I have a white border and one of the panels is red! I was afraid it would "bleed" but it didn't :) I didn't "taste" anything, though...LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    Just getting through washing an embroidered quilt in the bath tub - am I the only one who tastes the final rinse water to make sure all the soap is out? DH laughs at me for doing it, but it is a white quilt and if you don't get all the soap out, you get those brown stains as it dries.
    Now to wrap it in a bedsheet, spin it in my washing machine (a few rusty spots on inside of machine, that's why the sheet) and hang on the line. Nice sunny, non-windy weather, polyester batting, should be dry by this afternoon.
    I just look to make sure the water doesn't have any bubbles on the surface. I just did an antique embroidered quilt in the washer on gentle and dried it in the dryer and it came out beautifully. I am not one for all that manual labor bathtub laundry requires; brings back too many memories of childhood. If there is a modern convenience I will take advantage of it.

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    Nope, I'm a machine wash girl only. That sounds like way too much work. Plus, I'd have to clean out the tub first to wash the quilt and I'm not doing any unnecessary housework! :>

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    I understand that cleaning out the tub stuff! Sometimes washing a quilt is my excuse for cleaning the tub. Like cleaning the house when company is coming.
    Like I said, there are a few chipped (rusty) areas in the washer tub enamel, so no way am I putting a mostly white quilt in there.
    Just brought it in, it came out nice.

    BTW, about this washing machine. Bought an old house (our first house) in 1981, it was in there on a side porch. Had been sitting our in freezing weather all winter. Tried it, it worked, kept it. After a few months, noticed it was sluggish emptying. Took apart hoses in back, an entire men's longsleeve shirt came out of a 1.5" hose. And no, I did not recognize it. Worked fine after that, had to replace one belt in the last 30 years. It's a GE.

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    OMG that is hilarious. A whole shirt? Was it torn or anything? Did it have a ton of lint on it? I'm amazed it worked at all for you before turning sluggish.

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    That's a new one to me. I think I'll pass though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    No I guess I am a bad girl. Open front load washer, pop in quilt, wash, pull out and either put in dryer for that crinled look or hang over rail of porch to dry.
    Ditto for me - that's how I wash my quilts. I love the crinkled look, so I very rarely even wash the fabrics before making the quilt.

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    I,too, use my washing machine on a gentle cycle ... and use Synthropol.

    ali

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    Can't say that I've ever done that. I use Orvus soap (no phosphates) and have never worried about spots. I machine wash my quilts and I think my new front loader is gentler than I am when I hand wash!!!

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    nope, no tasting from the tub!--wait a minute,hubby hasn't been making BATHTUB GIN, has he?--might taste that!just kidding, don't like gin!

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    Boscobd --do you worry about colors running? I know most quilters pre-wash, i use a lot of scraps (small) so I don't. But I do worry about colors running and only wash in cold water.
    Just finished washing an embroidered top , never used it but it has some discolorations from storage. I think it came out good, I am selling it on ebay as I know I will never get around to finishing it.
    I do like doing the cross stitch embroidery, I think I did about 5 of the kit tops, this is the only one I did not finish.
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    THis was a kit, but I changed the colors as it had a lot of bright colors (two shades of gold) and i wanted more pastels. Yes, I am going to sew up that last bit at the bottom.

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    ha ha! You americans have some funny litttle ways!!! Here in England we mostly drink beer not bathwater!

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