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A blog about quilts'n stuff

Friday, 18 May 2012

To wash or not?

I've finished my quilt for this charity: each sibling receives a quilt at the end of their summer camp as these siblings aren't in the same foster family. I've added mine in the Flickr Pool for all Siblings Together Quilts; have a look and be amazed!

I was wondering as I was admiring my finished Siblings Together quilt: should I wash it?
Is it dirty?

The fabric looks so crisp and nice now and after washing it, it might look like a second hand quilt: all crumpled and crinckly, and not the real original colours it had before you stuck it in the washing machine. You and me know it isn't a hand-me-down quilt, but does the first time quilt owner know?

I have the tendency to just go over it with a lint roller and then give it with washing & drying instructions. I've only washed one of the 16 projects I've made so far.

I'd just like to know, what do you do?


  1. It looks so awesome!
    Untill now I never washed a finished quilt that I gave away, but added a box of dye catchers in the package so the recipient could use those at the first time washing. I love the crispiness of new fabrics and I never loved the look of washed quilts very much. However, I was also doubting what to do with my quilt for ST and I think I will wash it this time.

  2. I always wash mine before I give them away otherwise I fret about what might happen when they wash it for the first time. What if they forget and hot wash it without a colour catcher? I would rather do it myself and know that it's going to be okay. I then give it a good iron, which makes it look tidy again. But that's just me!

  3. Sometimes I pre-wash my fabrics but I rarely wash a finished quilt unless I deliberately want that crinkly look.

  4. I wash and go, usually with colour catchers, and I love the crinkly effect!

  5. I love the crinkly fresh effect too!

  6. I typically don't pre-wash my fabrics but I usually wash and dry the finished quilt, to make sure the colors don't run and nothing falls apart. I like the crinkly look but it definitely changes the overall effect of the quilt. Your quilt is so pretty just the way it is, I might never wash it!

  7. I don't pre-wash. P.S. I Love your blog! I have my own little blog too. I have been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award by Common Quilts. I'd like to nominate you. It's an award for small blogs (less than 200 followers). It's a fun way to network and bring small blogs together! A Liebster means "dearest" or "favorite" in German. As a recipient you are expected to:

    Thank the person that nominated you and link back to them.
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    Let them know by commenting on their blog
    Post the award on your blog The artwork is out there on the web.