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    Pre-washing

    Hello!

    I'm relatively new to quilting and will be soon creating my first quilt using pre cuts (jelly roll and charm pack). Most places I read advise not to pre-wash precuts, but I was wondering about the fabric I'll be using for the backing and to create my binding strips. I've always been so used to pre washing any fabric I've used, but I'm feeling if I wash the backing and binding fabrics everything will shrink at a different rate and make for a bubbly quilt that doesn't lie flat. The fabrics are all bright blues and reds (the Airmail fabric collection), so I've also got some worries about bleeding colours!

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    Don't do it!

    I never pre wash anything. I've made something like 50 quilts... just use a color catcher in wash the first time you wash the quilt

    Welcome to the forum
    "Only God is perfect, my quilts don't have to be!":icon_bigsmile:

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      #3
      Re: Pre-washing

      *maybe two or three color catchers if it's a larger quilt
      "Only God is perfect, my quilts don't have to be!":icon_bigsmile:

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        #4
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        The color catchers really work!

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          #5
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          It's an age old topic. There is a lot of outdated information out there, and modern dyes generally do not bleed. I've read to set dyes with vinegar, then not to bother because that only worked on the older dyes. Fabric manufacturers today are not expecting you to prewash these days.

          I'm a fabric washer for many reasons, but as I've taken up quilting I've heeded advice like you've gotten here. And that is just to buy fabric and start cutting and sewing. People even have all kinds of tricks for fixing it after a finished quilt has bled. Just get going and have fun

          *if you're working with a different fabric like shot cotton, some do need to be washed first, but those are rarities

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            #6
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            I don't prewash. I wouldn't prewash a pre-cut for anything due to the fraying & shrinkage that could make piecing a nightmare.

            I just finished a stars & stripes quilt that I truly thought I would have trouble with, I used the color catchers (several with several washings) what a surprise when it was the blue that ran not the red.

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              #7
              Re: Pre-washing

              Nobody washes precuts so don't be nervous about skipping that step. Your quilt will turn out fine! And Welcome to the forum from Wisconsin!

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                #8
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                Welcome!

                No! Don't do it.... The only thing worse than spending your time prewashung fabrics is mixing prewar he'd and unwashed fabrics in the same quilt.

                I haven't ore washed anything f or years... But, I always wash the finished quilt, using color catchers. I like the crinkles I get, and any basting spray, or chemicals in the fabrics are washed away.


                Sandy from Cincinnati


                AKA Kermit

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                  #9
                  Re: Pre-washing

                  No need to pre-wash your yardage. When your quilt is finished, wash it with a couple Color Catchers.

                  I am not sure you will be able to find Color Catchers in Alberta. I live in Quebec and the only place I have found them is on Amazon.CA for a lot of money. I did some research and found that Dr. Beckmann's Colour and Dirt Collector may be the same thing. I haven't ever used Dr. Beckman's myself because I can't find them in Quebec. But other Canadian forum members in other provinces have found them. In Ontario, from what I have heard, they are available in the washing section of London Drugs or Metro grocery stores, so maybe check those stores in Alberta. I have never used them as they are not available in Quebec.

                  Dr. Beckmann Colour & Dirt Collector - 30 sheets - London Drugs

                  I buy my Color Catchers in the States from Walmart. If you can't find Dr. Beckmann's, PM me and I will mail some Color Catchers to you.

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                    #10
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                    I'm here in Winnipeg and I got Dr. Beckmann color and dirt collectors at London Drugs. If you call the store make sure you tell them what they are and the purpose. We only have one London Drug store in Wpg. and it is on the other side of town, so I thought I would call before making the long trek. I asked if they had color catchers and I was told no. Then I explained what they were and that other people had gotten Dr. Beckmann color collectors from London Drugs in other provinces. The girl I was speaking to had no idea what their purpose was but she recognized the name. She finally checked the shelf and they do carry them, she was kinda excited about them now that she knows what they are for. They are amazing, good luck.
                    Kathy

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                      #11
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                      Thank you all for the tips and the kind welcome! I grew up learning to sew clothing, so not prewashing will be different than what I've always done...but to be honest, I'm excited to get right to sewing with crisp, 'fresh' fabric, and not having to worry about washing, drying, trimming fray and ironing first! RiverMomm, I checked the London Drugs website and looks like they have plentyof the colour catchers in stock in Calgary so I'll have a look this weekend!

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                        #12
                        Re: Pre-washing

                        I usually put a couple of color catchers in with the quilt when I wash it. I check the color catchers prior to putting the quilt in the dryer. If the color catchers are not white, I was the quilt again with fresh color catchers and repeat this this until the color catchers come out white and then dry the quilt.

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                          #13
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                          I don't pre wash cotton but I always wash flannel yardage but never pre-cuts. If using unwashed flannel In either pre-cuts or yardage I increase my seam allowance to 1/2 inch.

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                            #14
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                            As a rule I prewash fabric, both to be sure it isn't going to bleed in a quilt and mostly because I have allergic reactions to the things in the fabric before it is washed. That said, I never wash precuts and I'd never wash part of a quilt and not the rest before putting it together so that shrinkage is the same. If I'm working with precuts I don't wash any of it. Prewashed or not I put a couple of color catchers in when I wash a quilt and if I gift a quilt I give them a box of color catchers and instructions on washing and using them.

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                              #15
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                              I don't prewash anything, mostly because I'm lazy & hate to iron all those yards of fabric. I buy yardage most of he time, I don't use too many precuts. I have to say I've only had a problem with bleeding on one quilt. The backing was a tye dyed looking batik, reds, oranges & yellows. It bled a lot but the color catchers took care of most of it. Funny thing, the only fabrics that soaked up the bleeding dyes were the ones I bought at Joann's. All the fabric I got at my LQS was just fine. It was a scrappy string quilt so really the bleeding didn't hurt it at all,,, just made it more interesting.
                              May the road rise up to meet you...
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                              Patt :icon_wave:

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