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What are your final touches to the quilt?
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Date: 7/5/13 11:37 AM

These are the things I do:

Lightly/gently wash the quilt after it is finished;

Line dry until almost completely dry;

Lay the quilt flat and maneuver if necessary to straighten/shape;

Add a sleeve for the option of hanging;

Add a label with care instructions;

Take a picture.

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Date: 7/5/13 11:49 AM

I throw them in the wash with a load of laundry with some color catchers. Dry them on high.

I like them wrinkly, and so far I have not made any to be displayed, all mine are to be used. I want to get all the starch and new fabric chemicals and all the dust and fuzz from handling it while making it out before I give them away.

I don't have a clothesline to line dry a quilt! I have trouble finding open floor space big enough to lay out the big ones. Which is why I MUCH prefer making small ones! I am tired of large quilts, I am going to boycott anything bigger than a twin sized quilt for a while.

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Date: 7/5/13 6:44 PM

Here's my procedure:
Wash
Dry
Check for threads
Fold
Wrap
Give away

There's only one I'm keeping- that is the Easy Street quilt I am almost done with.

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Date: 7/6/13 0:19 AM

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FINISH.

FINISH.

FINISH.

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I dont do anything after I finish - I do take pics of every quilt though.

My dog is my best friend. He sheds like crazy and even though I vacuum all of the time and always vacuum before basting quilts. As soon as I take the quilts outside - it is like a dog hair explosion. I never wash or dry before I send them out. Perhaps I will think on it more. The reason I never wanted to wash and dry? I want people to get quilts that feel brand new. After they have been washed and dried they tend to look like they have been used and I dont want people to feel like they are getting a used quilt. I include a note with first time washing instructions and suggest using a "color catcher."

Im trying to be better about looking for stray threads as I quilt - and try to look before I ship. But, Im focused on finishing and getting on to the next one.

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Date: 7/6/13 0:53 AM

Great Topic!!

I wash machine cold gently with a Color Catcher, then machine dry gentle - I want the fabric to shrink a bit, but not over much like used looking?? I iron it again and check for threads. When I"m done with Binding I add a label.

I just saw how to make a flat back, but "give" for a rod quilt hanger 4" as most shows require. NOT that I want to make show quality but...

I'm like Cat and Sharon - Wash (color catcher), Dry and Donate or photo and stick up on CrowdRise -- WHICH my Easy Street is still there trying to raise funds :-)

Next Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt come November *I* am keeping, much to pretty and WORK to give away!

I do need to think about more labeling and the sleeves would help IF they were going off to a show or even to hang in my house

Ok, a lot to think about now, thanks!

:-Debbie

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Date: 7/6/13 12:36 PM

A while back, I bought a hand sewn quilt at a flea market that had the maker's name written on the back. Someone had added a date that was confusing as it was prior to the date the fabric (double knit poly) came on the market. Been there, did the whole DK. thing!

Made me also doubt the name as being the quilter or just a previous owner.

Don't let anyone take credit for your creativity! Add your label and then quilt right through it so it cannot be easily removed.

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Date: 7/6/13 12:43 PM

I quilt my name into the quilt with the FMQ.

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