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Date: 12/17/11 2:30 AM

Can I ask experienced quilters who work with scraps advice about this. Do you worry about how a quilt made from fabrics from the scrap basket will launder? Or would you have a quilt dry cleaned anyway?

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Date: 12/17/11 8:06 AM

I wash my scrap quilts with just a very small amount of reg. washing detergent. Once some green bled through to the white back (after I had already washed it several times), but luckily it didn't show on the front. However, the next time I put a sheet of "Shout color catcher" into the machine and the green completely disappeared from the backing and the colours looked a lot fresher.

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Date: 12/17/11 9:14 AM

SHOUT color catchers are wonderful. I wash all my quilts with them, on the delicate cycle in cold water.

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Date: 12/17/11 10:49 AM

Colour Catchers - why didn't I think of that! Thanks. They're available under a different name here, but work the same.

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Date: 12/18/11 12:56 PM

The general wisdom here in the U.S. is to never have a quilt dry cleaned, unless it is all wool. That is all I have ever heard from every teacher, whenever the question is asked. They seem to think the dry cleaning chemicals can harm the cotton fabrics.

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