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    Default Do I really need to prewash 108" backing fabric?

    Hi everyone! I have a 96" pieced quilt top (kona cotton and kaffe fassett fabrics) that I've finished. I'm planning to quilt on a rented longarm will wool batting and a 108" piece of Kaffe backing fabric.

    I did not prewash the top fabrics but have been told that 108" backing can shrink more than regular fabrics and should be prewashed. Is this true? How important is it that I prewash the backing? Thanks so much!!

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    Default Re: Do I really need to prewash 108" backing fabric?

    What a great question. I thought I knew the answer but I did a quick search because my memory isn't all it used to be. I am getting conflicting answers.

    I thought the answer was that everything should match, every thing pre washed or everything not pre washed.

    Looking forward to the answer.
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    Default Re: Do I really need to prewash 108" backing fabric?

    Honestly I would be more concerned with the wool batting shrinking than the backing. I have never had an issue not prewashing my 108" wide backing.
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    Default Re: Do I really need to prewash 108" backing fabric?

    I was talking to a quilter today who uses wool batting often. She was saying that wool batting quilts should be dry cleaned so it doesn't lose its' fluff and warmth. I'll be watching this posting too. Interesting question.

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    Default Re: Do I really need to prewash 108" backing fabric?

    Hi Alex, I never prewashed any fabric in my 30 year quilt experience and never had a bad result. Before using I iron all fabric with a good hot steam iron or starchen the piecing fabric. After binding, I always wash my quilts cold with colour catcher and afterwards tumbling them. Sometimes there is a bit of shrinking, but it always gives the quilt an interesting touch. For batting I always use Quilters Dream Cotton in different weight and for me it is the best with no shrinking surprise.
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    Default Re: Do I really need to prewash 108" backing fabric?

    Here's an article I found on wool batting....great reference!

    https://lovebugstudios.com/batting-1...-wool-batting/
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    Default Re: Do I really need to prewash 108" backing fabric?

    I don't pre-wash the wide backings and have never had an issue. I don't use wool batting simply to avoid issues. I prefer cotton or 80/20 batting. I don't like bad surprises and one of our members recently had a very disastrous outcome with wool batting.

    I happen to have a wool batting for crafts and I just read the directions. There are too many cautions for me: Dry flat without heat; don't agitate in the washer because the wool can become felted; no temperature difference between the wash water and rinse water, etc. My batting is Hobbs Premium Heirloom Wool, the one Harriet Hargrave recommends. I don't make heirloom quilts. Mine are used, washed and dried and loved by my family and that includes Dottie & Olive. Wool might be a beautiful thing for some quilters, but not for me. I guess I'm just a simple cotton girl.
    Last edited by Bubby; May 5th, 2017 at 08:34 AM.

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    Default Re: Do I really need to prewash 108" backing fabric?

    I haven't ever pre-washed anything, and I've made a LOT of quilts since 1972.

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    Default Re: Do I really need to prewash 108" backing fabric?

    Another vote for not prewashing!
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    Default Re: Do I really need to prewash 108" backing fabric?

    I have never prewashed since I started quilting in the 70's. I've never had any problems. Not even with red! At least so far. Course that's me.

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