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    When you give your quilting for a gift

    Do you always wash it before giving it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmabby View Post
    Do you always wash it before giving it?
    I do not. I figure if it is for a kid, the mother will wash it whether I have washed it or not, so I just let her have that privilege. My recepients seem to like the new look that quilts have before they are washed. Most of my wall hangings never get washed.
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    You will get plenty of responses, for and against. I personally wash mine prior to gift giving to make sure that all hand oils and dust are off the quilt before it goes to the receipant. I have cats and dogs and although they don't lay around on my fabrics or works in progress, their hair and dander are always floating around in the air. I also wash my fabrics prior to using them due to allergies and the chemicals used in processing the fabrics make my hands itch something terrible. I sew my binding on by hand and I like the way washing it hides any imperfections that there may be in my stitching. I do give it a good steam to get out the big wrinkles but I like the wrinkly look after it is washed.
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    I wash before I use also....allergies to the formaldehydes. And, I was after it is made, but only for quilts, not WH or table runners. That way the recipients don't get surprised thinking that they did something wrong if it wrinkles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by natalieg View Post
    I wash before I use also....allergies to the formaldehydes. And, I was after it is made, but only for quilts, not WH or table runners. That way the recipients don't get surprised thinking that they did something wrong if it wrinkles.
    Okay, whats a WH?
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    WH = wall hanging? My best guess.

    I too prewash all fabrics and usually wash the finished project. I was the very upset recipient of a wall hanging for my infant son some 36 years ago and with his asthma and allergies was told to launder everything in his room at least weekly --- suffice it to say the wall hanging shrank and bled and ran all over the place. So, to avoid any9one having the same problem I prewash. And I use warm water to do it in. Cold water will often cause embroidery floss dyes to run where warm won't.

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    Yes, I do. However, I do not dry it in the dryer.
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    Oh yes, I always wash as soon as the binding is done and the label is on. But, only for one reason... quality control! This way, if a seam pops or the binding missed a few inches(yes, it has happened oops!) then I can catch it before it goes out the door. I would be so worried if I didn't do this "QC check" on it before giving, it would drive me bonkers!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJisChaos View Post
    Oh yes, I always wash as soon as the binding is done and the label is on. But, only for one reason... quality control! This way, if a seam pops or the binding missed a few inches(yes, it has happened oops!) then I can catch it before it goes out the door. I would be so worried if I didn't do this "QC check" on it before giving, it would drive me bonkers!!
    I agree I always wash and dry. I just know the one time I don't the whole thing will fall apart! LOL

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    "Quality control" is in the back of mind also when I wash my quilt before gifting!

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    If it's a baby quilt I wash/dry it before sending...but if it's not.. I don't. I have washed/dried the fabrics prior so sewing, and while I do have dogs they don't hang out in the sewing room much.

    I do dryer FLUFF them just to de-lint - and remove any stray thread ends on them.
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    Definitly! i would never let a quilt go out the door without it being laundered and ready-regardless of being a gift, a donation, or to a show- the final step to every quilt i create is washed and dried after the binding-
    too many hurt feelings/undo stress can be caused by the recipient being the first one to wash their new quilt- i want to see how they come out before anyone else (just in case)
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    sometimes-just depends on the recipient-I rarely wash a baby quilt-I tell the mom to wash it however she washes baby's clothes-I don't keep special laundry soap on hand. Other quilts I want to see the end result with the shrinkage-a look I love. Table runners etc. I don't wash.
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    i wash before. i want to be sure there are no surprises when the giftee washes it.
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    Yes I do, and I usually include a bottle of Quilt Soap for future care.

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    I also wash before gifting to remove starch, sizing, and quilting marks.
    "I've always been crazy, but it's kept me from going insane!"
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    Yes, I always washed it after I am done with it. I don't want any surprises for the gift recipent. A thread could come loose, dye could fade (even with a color catcher, although it has only happened one time for me and it was a batik that did it). 99.9% of the time no issues, but you never know. I do not put them in the dryer though.

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    Yes, I always wash.

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    No, I don't always wash a quilt before I give it away but always include Shout color catchers with it in case one or more of the colors were not washed. Most of the time I do wash my fabrics first but there always seems to be one that gives off color.

    Quote Originally Posted by jmabby View Post
    Do you always wash it before giving it?

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    Me too!
    For the same reasons...I like to make sure they make it through the wash with no issues
    Quote Originally Posted by PJisChaos View Post
    Oh yes, I always wash as soon as the binding is done and the label is on. But, only for one reason... quality control! This way, if a seam pops or the binding missed a few inches(yes, it has happened oops!) then I can catch it before it goes out the door. I would be so worried if I didn't do this "QC check" on it before giving, it would drive me bonkers!!

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    I would not some people have allergies to some soaps. i am allergic to most detergents so i would attach washing and drying instructions and let them handle the washing themselves.

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    I always wash & dry before I give a quilt.
    1. My cats always find a way to claim anything that I am working on. They are sneaky! I rely on the dryer ta kill the dander.
    2. Although I washed my fabric before I made the quilt I want ta know if anything will run.
    3. I use glue for a lot of my seams instead of pins & some of it does get out of the seam allowances. I want ta wash all of the glue off.
    4. I also want ta know if any seams come apart. I don't want someone else to think that they had ruined it.
    When I give my quilts away I tell 'em not ta dry 'em so that they will last longer.
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    I always wash.

    1) To get the dog hair off.
    2) To make sure it doesn't fall apart.

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    I always wash to make nothing is going to fall apart and if there are any issues I can fix. I usually dry on low for about 25 minutes and then lay on bed to dry completely.
    Juliebelle

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    I always wash.
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