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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNEC
    I thought I read in one of the stack & whack books - that you shouldn't wash the fabric before hand - I think the reason was that washing sometimes warped the fabric so it as harder to cut the stacks correctly.

    Will have to reread that part of the book
    I thought I read that too!!!
    No prewashing for OBW

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    what a lot of discussion this topic always generates!! I never prewash as I like the fabric as it comes off the bolt. I always wash my quilts when they are finished, and have never had a problem - some of the fabrics don't even wrinkle up all that much - depends on how much quilting. It really is a personal choice, and I can't see the point of washing all the sizing out and then starching the hell out of the fabric to make it stiff again!

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    ohhhhhhhhh.........as a past 4-Her, being taught to pre-wash fabric before making clothing and whatever else, didn't change for me when I started quilting. Old habits are hard to change. But I also learned something else. I buy most of fabric at quilt shops, so I do buy quality stuff, fat quarters and larger amounts. My third quilt I completed 8 years ago was for my daughter and husband. I prewashed all the fabrics, a navy blue (Nancy Crow), a bright yellow, white fabrics with scrappy blocks (misc scraps from 20 years of sewing and quilting). Used a marking pencil made for quilting to mark personal design long-arm quilting on borders. Once LA quilting was completed, put binding on and did a final washing before it was given to the kids. My mother was just sick, when she pulled it out of the washer.......the blue ran, ran, ran...the yellow ran, ran, ran. And to top it off........the varigated thread (high-end)purchased at a quilt shop also ran for all it was worth too.........My mom felt so bad, because of the work I had put into, and knew that I had washed everything before hand, and also knew that I had hand washed in kitchen sink (HOT water) the "blue" before I put it in the washer for a general wash. As you can tell I was't taking any chances. Well even after that, it still ran.

    Yes, we don't like the threads from the fabric after a washing, but my cure for me, is to only "fill" in hot water, run on gentle cycle, and "spin" twice. It cuts down on the threads that we get. As to the fat quarters, and I just also include doing this for the Jelly rolls, I wash in hot water in the kitchen sink or very large bowl. I have found that using my spagette spoon for stirring helps "stir-out" any color that might be left on them. You will be surprised how many times it will take to hand rinse before the water is clear. then I run on the gentle cycle in "spin" mode.

    I have use the "color catchers", and believe they work really well. I even include a couple when I've given a quilt to someone with explanation of use. Was told if I had use this for the kids quilt, in the pre-wash stage, may not of had the running of fabrics. Course they had just come-out, so I hadn't heard about them till after this had happened. I now use the "color catchers" when I pre-wash "all" my fabrics whether for quilting or clothes. Then I press them with my iron and starch as I am working on blocks.

    Hope I helped someone with my 30+ years of experience with fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robinlee
    ohhhhhhhhh.........as a past 4-Her, being taught to pre-wash fabric before making clothing and whatever else, didn't change for me when I started quilting. Old habits are hard to change. But I also learned something else. I buy most of fabric at quilt shops, so I do buy quality stuff, fat quarters and larger amounts. My third quilt I completed 8 years ago was for my daughter and husband. I prewashed all the fabrics, a navy blue (Nancy Crow), a bright yellow, white fabrics with scrappy blocks (misc scraps from 20 years of sewing and quilting). Used a marking pencil made for quilting to mark personal design long-arm quilting on borders. Once LA quilting was completed, put binding on and did a final washing before it was given to the kids. My mother was just sick, when she pulled it out of the washer.......the blue ran, ran, ran...the yellow ran, ran, ran. And to top it off........the varigated thread (high-end)purchased at a quilt shop also ran for all it was worth too.........My mom felt so bad, because of the work I had put into, and knew that I had washed everything before hand, and also knew that I had hand washed in kitchen sink (HOT water) the "blue" before I put it in the washer for a general wash. As you can tell I was't taking any chances. Well even after that, it still ran.

    Yes, we don't like the threads from the fabric after a washing, but my cure for me, is to only "fill" in hot water, run on gentle cycle, and "spin" twice. It cuts down on the threads that we get. As to the fat quarters, and I just also include doing this for the Jelly rolls, I wash in hot water in the kitchen sink or very large bowl. I have found that using my spagette spoon for stirring helps "stir-out" any color that might be left on them. You will be surprised how many times it will take to hand rinse before the water is clear. then I run on the gentle cycle in "spin" mode.

    I have use the "color catchers", and believe they work really well. I even include a couple when I've given a quilt to someone with explanation of use. Was told if I had use this for the kids quilt, in the pre-wash stage, may not of had the running of fabrics. Course they had just come-out, so I hadn't heard about them till after this had happened. I now use the "color catchers" when I pre-wash "all" my fabrics whether for quilting or clothes. Then I press them with my iron and starch as I am working on blocks.

    Hope I helped someone with my 30+ years of experience with fabrics.
    ^^^5's from a Canadian past 4-H'er :thumbup:

    Any others here with green blood? :) :

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    I have always prewashed my fabric. Then I use a lot of starch. And my quilts still get that old quilt look when washed.
    That's because the batting shrinks.

    On a different note, I want to point out that fabrics that are washed will likely shrink a lot more than fabrics that are not washed but heavily quilted into a quilt. Quilting stabilizes the fabric to the batting and backing. A fabric that would otherwise shrink more than the other fabrics in a quilt will only shrink as much as the quilting permits. That's why, for example, people like me who do not prewash fabrics don't see horrific amounts of shrinkage in finished quilts. I just adjust for shrinkage of the batting (about 3% in the all-cotton batting I use), as this is what will control shrinkage of the fabric.

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    I use to never prewash UNTIL a lady gave me a quilt top she has been working on and got tired of. It was a complicated design done in black and white. I finished it and then washed it using one Shout color catcher and cold water. She had told me she had prewashed the black. When I opened the washer, I was shocked. I had a dark grey and light grey quilt and it was not pretty. It was ruined. It looks like it is about l00 years old but in my eyes it is ruined. Now I test all material and then wash it before starting to sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by Robinlee
    ohhhhhhhhh.........as a past 4-Her, being taught to pre-wash fabric before making clothing and whatever else, didn't change for me when I started quilting. Old habits are hard to change. But I also learned something else. I buy most of fabric at quilt shops, so I do buy quality stuff, fat quarters and larger amounts. My third quilt I completed 8 years ago was for my daughter and husband. I prewashed all the fabrics, a navy blue (Nancy Crow), a bright yellow, white fabrics with scrappy blocks (misc scraps from 20 years of sewing and quilting). Used a marking pencil made for quilting to mark personal design long-arm quilting on borders. Once LA quilting was completed, put binding on and did a final washing before it was given to the kids. My mother was just sick, when she pulled it out of the washer.......the blue ran, ran, ran...the yellow ran, ran, ran. And to top it off........the varigated thread (high-end)purchased at a quilt shop also ran for all it was worth too.........My mom felt so bad, because of the work I had put into, and knew that I had washed everything before hand, and also knew that I had hand washed in kitchen sink (HOT water) the "blue" before I put it in the washer for a general wash. As you can tell I was't taking any chances. Well even after that, it still ran.

    Yes, we don't like the threads from the fabric after a washing, but my cure for me, is to only "fill" in hot water, run on gentle cycle, and "spin" twice. It cuts down on the threads that we get. As to the fat quarters, and I just also include doing this for the Jelly rolls, I wash in hot water in the kitchen sink or very large bowl. I have found that using my spagette spoon for stirring helps "stir-out" any color that might be left on them. You will be surprised how many times it will take to hand rinse before the water is clear. then I run on the gentle cycle in "spin" mode.

    I have use the "color catchers", and believe they work really well. I even include a couple when I've given a quilt to someone with explanation of use. Was told if I had use this for the kids quilt, in the pre-wash stage, may not of had the running of fabrics. Course they had just come-out, so I hadn't heard about them till after this had happened. I now use the "color catchers" when I pre-wash "all" my fabrics whether for quilting or clothes. Then I press them with my iron and starch as I am working on blocks.

    Hope I helped someone with my 30+ years of experience with fabrics.
    ^^^5's from a Canadian past 4-H'er :thumbup:

    Any others here with green blood? :) :
    ME! ME! DH and I are still involved in 4H.

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    BakerMom .. Way to go on still being involved. Are you both leaders? what type of clubs?
    American or Canadian 4-H?

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    Pre-wash for me! Don't like the chemicals. Plus great check for colorfastness! To each his own~

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    I always prewash all my fabrics in warm water, dry on regular, no starch, ever. I always use Polyester batting and I wash it as soon as I hand sew the binding to the back, then I use warm water and dry on low.
    This works for me.

    It is important that everyone do what they like and what works for them. No experts here nor quilting police.

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    I always prewash my fabrics.

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    I also am an old 4-Her. It's funny but my husband asked me the other day if I knew what the 4 H's stood for, with out even thinking I was able to tell him. I also prewash. So some things just stay with you no matter how long ago it was learned. I love the fact that we use our old ways and still put the new ways to work. Like alot of people have said, you need to do what works for you. I remember a long time ago after I got married, my mother was over at my apartment. As I was cleaning the sink, she said "That's not the way to do that". All I said was that it may not be the way she did it, but it was the way I did it and the results were what I wanted, A Clean Sink. Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaK
    I also am an old 4-Her. It's funny but my husband asked me the other day if I knew what the 4 H's stood for, with out even thinking I was able to tell him. I also prewash. So some things just stay with you no matter how long ago it was learned. I love the fact that we use our old ways and still put the new ways to work. Like alot of people have said, you need to do what works for you. I remember a long time ago after I got married, my mother was over at my apartment. As I was cleaning the sink, she said "That's not the way to do that". All I said was that it may not be the way she did it, but it was the way I did it and the results were what I wanted, A Clean Sink. Brenda
    Once a 4-H'er, always a 4-H'er ... the blood runs mighty green and thick!! :)

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    I never pre wash and have always been happy with the outcome and never have had bleeding ever..I do like the worn/wrinkled look it makes me want to cover up with it,,,
    Mine are never that wrinkly though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Harriet Hargrave doesn't pre-wash and that's good enough for me. Even if a quilt shrinks some after washing it'll still fit the bed.
    I agree on both counts. Harriet Hargrave's book is my quilting bible :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaK
    I also am an old 4-Her. It's funny but my husband asked me the other day if I knew what the 4 H's stood for, with out even thinking I was able to tell him. I also prewash. So some things just stay with you no matter how long ago it was learned. I love the fact that we use our old ways and still put the new ways to work. Like alot of people have said, you need to do what works for you. I remember a long time ago after I got married, my mother was over at my apartment. As I was cleaning the sink, she said "That's not the way to do that". All I said was that it may not be the way she did it, but it was the way I did it and the results were what I wanted, A Clean Sink. Brenda
    Once a 4-H'er, always a 4-H'er ... the blood runs mighty green and thick!! :)
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I know it's crazy - but I also pre-wash my batting. I don't like the wrinkled look, so I pre-wash everything. I like it to look newer as long as possible.

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    Don't know how that posted twice - sorry

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    I never pre-wash and have never had a problem with major shrinkage or colour bleeds - I think alot of it depends on the quality of the cotton

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    BakerMom .. Way to go on still being involved. Are you both leaders? what type of clubs?
    American or Canadian 4-H?
    American. we are both leaders in a "general" club, with members from cloverbuds(age 4) on up. all of our kids were in thru high school. DH is also a shooting sports instructor. We are camp "mom" and "dad" at our county's camp every year.
    My grandma was a 4H leader back in the 20s and 30s. my dad was in 4H. so were my siblings and their children.

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    I am an old woman who does not have the time or inclination to wash fabric before I quilt it....barely get it ironed when I make a block and/or quilt.

    Besides it makes it look a little bit older when I do wash it and I do not use HOT water, EVER!

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    Jan, How can you tell the difference?
    Fairly new quilter here.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Is it possible that your 60" wide fabric was cotton but home dec weight fabric rather than quilting weight cotton and that's why it shrank so?

    Jan in VA

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    i never pre-wash but to each we are all different what a dull world this would be if we all did things the same way

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    I have done a total turn around about pre washing. When I first started quilting many years ago - I did pre wash everything, mostly to set the colors and just in case they did shrink. Then as the fabrics improved and the dyes became better - I stopped. I did a stack n wack and they said not to pre wash. It was fine - so I stopped washing.

    After having an issue with a backing fabric really shrinking and reading about the chemicals used in fabric dyeing, especially batiks - I am back to pre washing, especially when I am working with kids.

    Jane

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakermom
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    BakerMom .. Way to go on still being involved. Are you both leaders? what type of clubs?
    American or Canadian 4-H?
    American. we are both leaders in a "general" club, with members from cloverbuds(age 4) on up. all of our kids were in thru high school. DH is also a shooting sports instructor. We are camp "mom" and "dad" at our county's camp every year.
    My grandma was a 4H leader back in the 20s and 30s. my dad was in 4H. so were my siblings and their children.
    Mpw there's a 4-H family, true and true!

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