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    Batting Beauty

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    Do you wash your quilts before you use them? I have received my quilt back from the LAQ and it feels really heavy and stiff. Should I wash it to soften it up. The quilting is not a dense pattern. Thanks to all for your ideas.

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    Batting Beauty

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    Default Re: To wash or not to wash

    i dont see what it would hurt. you'd end up washing it anyway later on down the road.
    Tiffany

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    I wash all my quilts after they are all done just because they have been handled so much and I want to make sure there are no surprises when a recipient washes it (seam come out, etc.)
    ***Kathy***

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    I don't wash any of mine until they get soiled. I generally tell the recipients to wash with a color catcher, but I enjoy uilting much more than I enjoy laundry
    "Only God is perfect, my quilts don't have to be!"

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    I have washed all my quilts as soon as they were finished. Use warm water, scent free detergent, color catchers(usually more than 1) and dry on low to med until almost dry. I have not had any bleeding problems but there will be shrinkage. I do not prewash fabrics.
    Vernona

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    I'd never really thought about this before. Your question made me realize that I don't wash my quilts after completing them (although I am a dedicated pre-washer). I just want to make clear that I'm NOT a dedicated NON-WASHER, I'd just never thought of it before. I wonder if now that I'm getting into pre-cuts, I'll wash those quilts upon completion. I suspect that I will. When I do, I'll think of you with gratitude for bringing up this issue. Thanks!
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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    Missouri Star

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    I usually wash after one is complete since I love the slightly crinkly look they get after washing. This happens it seems to me whether I prewash the fabric or not or if I use both together. I think it might be the batting shrinking slightly. Love the "quilted" look they get.

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    I hand bind my quilts and usually quilt them myself, but I always always wash them before I use them or give them away. It gives me a chance to see if my binding is going to hold and see if colors will bleed.

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    Batting Beauty

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    Thanks for all of your replys. I took the plunge and washed my irish chain. It looks good, has a nice crinkle and much softer.

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    Default Re: To wash or not to wash

    Since this came up. Would you wash a quilt before putting it up for sale?



    Lorie

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