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  • toggpine
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    I mix them all up as I'm a avid pre-washer of everything but the pre-cuts. No problems here either.
    I've even used non-traditional fabric like brocades, silks, and satins in some quilt tops. Those won't stand up as well as regular cottons though, and I will back them with either a fusible interfacing or a muslin foundation.

    It sounds as if Vernona's quilts have been loved to pieces! (The very best problem for a quilt to have!) Those can be tough to repair, but I'd probably applique a replacement piece over the top.

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  • Blondie
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    I do this all the time and will say that no problems at all. Once it is quilted and washed, no issues.

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  • vchale
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    My husband's grandmother made quilts for my kids when they were young. She used some new, some old (who knows how old) fabric from clothing. Several of the pieces have shredded and it sure is a pain trying to mend them.

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  • auntiemern
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    You won't have a problem mixing pre cuts with fabrics cut from clothing that has been washed many times. That being said, I'm not sure what you mean by 'flat'. Your quilt will 'crinkle' once it is washed, whether you use washed or unwashed fabric. BTW, welcome to the forum.

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  • Quiltfreestyle
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    Originally posted by Cat n bull View Post
    I mix old, new, washed, not washed, pre-cuts, yardage, all the time.

    You can not tell at all which was which in the finished, washed quilt.
    I agree with you, I mix all kinds of fabric in my quilts & have never had any problems.
    I think it's a personal choice, so do what you feel comfortable with.

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  • bhaggerty
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    Originally posted by Cat n bull View Post
    I mix old, new, washed, not washed, pre-cuts, yardage, all the time.

    You can not tell at all which was which in the finished, washed quilt.
    Me too! No problems yet!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Cat n bull
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    I mix old, new, washed, not washed, pre-cuts, yardage, all the time.

    You can not tell at all which was which in the finished, washed quilt.

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  • Jean Sewing Machine
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    Originally posted by JimsQueenie View Post
    Hi Penelope, I have quilted for over 23+ years and I prewashed all my fabric when I bought it and have a lot of pre-washed fabric that I have incorporated into my quilt with pre-cuts or fabric that I have bought from quilt stores. I saw a person speak on this issue and she said that the dies are different in the fabrics now and the fabrics don't shrink like they used to. There may be some, but not a lot if you buy quality fabric. I have never had a problem either with mixing the fabrics. Piece and blessings, Vicki
    Vicki! Glad to see you here on the forum!

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  • JimsQueenie
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    Hi Penelope, I have quilted for over 23+ years and I prewashed all my fabric when I bought it and have a lot of pre-washed fabric that I have incorporated into my quilt with pre-cuts or fabric that I have bought from quilt stores. I saw a person speak on this issue and she said that the dies are different in the fabrics now and the fabrics don't shrink like they used to. There may be some, but not a lot if you buy quality fabric. I have never had a problem either with mixing the fabrics. Piece and blessings, Vicki

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  • yeeehawterri
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    I've never had trouble with prewashed fabric (I no longer prewash) and precuts. Everyone has their preference.

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  • Pandabear
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    I per wash yardage but not precuts and use both in a quilt. I haven't had a problem yet.

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  • BobW
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    This is a great question. I hadn't thought of it. But it makes sense now that it has been brought up.

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  • vchale
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    I never prewash precuts or yardage. I did make 1 quilt where I used an old sheet for backing and it washed fine. I don't think I would mix old and new fabric in my quilt top.

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  • JCY
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    Personally, I'd never mix unwashed pre-cuts with other washed fabrics. They will shrink at a dif. rate. JCY

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  • Lilly
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    I'm relatively new here but until the "Oldies" chime in with more authority I'll try to help. I've been sewing with both pre-cuts and pre-washed fabric for over a year now and have never had a problem. I actually have never heard of anyone who sewed exclusively with pre-cuts. O, maybe some use a jelly roll and a charm pack but that's almost always combined at least with yardage for the backing and often some pieces of sashing. Great to have you on the forum and keep those questions coming because we all learn from each other's questions.- Lilly

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