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    Just got quilt back from LA and now putting binding on. Do you wash your quilts before you give them away? I'm thinking I should since it is a wedding gift but just wonder what you do!
    Thanks for any info!

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    I always do.:)

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    line the quilt with fabric softener sheets, although my daughter always washes them befor using

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I always do.:)
    Yep, I do too. That way, it gets the "wrinkling" I love started and I know it is clean of any oil from my/the LAQ's hands.

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    I always wash it before sending them to their new home.

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    I always wash them before giving away.

    Interesting about the fabric softener sheets...never heard of that. I wouldn't do it myself though because of my own allergies. Just something to keep in mind for your recipients. :)

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    I always wash and dry mine before giving them away.

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    I do in part to make sure it won't fall apart and cause the recipient to panic. If something need attending I do it before giving it away.

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    I always wash before giving. I want the quilting to start showing AND if there are problems, they will show with the washing and I can fix or fall back and re-group.

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    I always wash too.

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    I toss mine in the dryer with a large damp towel and a dryer sheet. It seems to take all the fuzz off and gives it a fresh scent while retaining most of the crispness.

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    I wash every quilt before it goes out the door. I usually throw in 2 or 3 color catchers with it as I do not pre-wash before hand.

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    I always wash mine with a few color catchers. REgular machine, regular detergent, dry in dryer. I figure the recipients are more likely to use them if taking care of them is easy. So far so good.

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    I guess I'm in the minority here - I never do. I want them to look new.

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    I'm with you, I do not wash my work before I give it away or sell it. I enjoy the newness of the fabric look.

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    I don't wash mine either. It seems like it would look used. Of course I haven't been quilting all that long and have not made any for myself so I really don't know what one would/should look like after laundering. I pre wash all of my fabrics before cutting.

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    When I make a quilt I handle the fabric so much, starch the fabric, so much touching - I always wash the quilt when I am done. I use my washing machine, cold water, regular detergent, gentle cycle and then into the dryer with a lower temperature heat.

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    I don't wash before giving away unless I feel the quilt needs it for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenda M
    Just got quilt back from LA and now putting binding on. Do you wash your quilts before you give them away? I'm thinking I should since it is a wedding gift but just wonder what you do!
    Thanks for any info!
    yep wash it right after "I" sleep under it...Suppose bring good luck if you sleep under it first!

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    Yes I wash!!

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    I wash them. I have found that many people have read all about the difficulties of sound quilt care and they are afraid to wash them for fear they will destroy them. Plus I have pets, kids, DH who usually touch them in some way and there are cooking odors etc in the house. When I give a quilt away I want it to SMELL like it's new!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by Brenda M
    Just got quilt back from LA and now putting binding on. Do you wash your quilts before you give them away? I'm thinking I should since it is a wedding gift but just wonder what you do!
    Thanks for any info!
    yep wash it right after "I" sleep under it...Suppose bring good luck if you sleep under it first!
    Really? I have never heard of this before. I think I would feel really weird sleeping under someone else's quilt.

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    I like to do this too !! ZZZZZZZZZZZZ
    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by Brenda M
    Just got quilt back from LA and now putting binding on. Do you wash your quilts before you give them away? I'm thinking I should since it is a wedding gift but just wonder what you do!
    Thanks for any info!
    yep wash it right after "I" sleep under it...Suppose bring good luck if you sleep under it first!
    Really? I have never heard of this before. I think I would feel really weird sleeping under someone else's quilt.

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    Never have either!

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    I always wash. I like the look. And even though my fabric is stored in a pet free room, I do all my sewing in our front room and I want to make sure its all clean. One of my nephews has allergies.

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