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Shelly Girl
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Date: 6/21/06 9:01 PM

I am making my first fat quarters quilt. The directions I have don't say to wash and iron the material. I'm assuming I should like any other. It just seems like they always advertise FQ's as unwashed, and I have not seen fq quilts that tell you to do so....

I know, stupid question, but you folks are my best resource!!!!

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Date: 6/21/06 9:47 PM

Hi Shelly. This is absolutely not a stupid question. I think every quilter has considered this pre-washing issue and every quilter has an opinion about it.

You can read some of those opinions here:
The Washing Quilt Fabric Thread

I treat fat quarters like I do any quilt fabric. I machine-wash with a little bit of detergent in cold water and then machine-dry on permanent press/medium.

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Date: 6/22/06 5:57 AM

Hi Shelly,
I don't prewash, and red is my favorite color so I work with it frequently. I do however, use a dye catcher sheet in the wash the first time I wash the quilt, and that has worked just fine for me.

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Date: 6/22/06 11:15 AM

When I first learned to quilt, I took a beginner class in my town. The teacher taught us how quilt fabric is made.

That being said...it all depends on where you bought your fq's.
If they came from a good quality quilt shop, then the shrinkage is 1-3 percent. I never wash any quilting fabric I buy from a quilt shop. That way, when the quilt is done and washed for the first time, you get a very slight puckering which makes it look antique.

I also use a product bought at the quilt shop that keeps the fabric from bleeding the first time you wash it. It's called synthro-something. There are several names for this product. Ask you quilt shop. It works great. I have a red/white quilt and nothing bled!

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Donna

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Date: 6/23/06 1:29 PM

Fat quarters are always sold unwashed, just like regular fabric. The only exception would be hand-dyed fabric where it's washed as part of the dying process.

I always pre-wash and dry and iron quilt fabric before cutting, whether yardage or fat quarters. Not only can you shrink and check for bleeding, but if you use bargain fabrics they can really change after washing. Some are so full of sizing on the bolt that you don't see how thin and loosely woven they are until you wash them.

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Date: 6/23/06 1:56 PM

Me too. I run my FQs through the wash and press them (with spray starch) before cutting & piecing.

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Date: 6/23/06 3:09 PM

Hi! Just a note to say that I wash fat quarters and then spray them with starch and iron them. The starch makes them easier to work with and gives them a bit of a shine.

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Date: 6/25/06 1:00 AM

If it's good quality fabric, it does not need to be pre-washed. It will handle better for piecing if left unwashed. Also, fat quarters ravel horribly in the washer.

I used to work in a quilt shop, and trying to convince customers that pre-washing was not necessary for most high grade fabrics was the toughest thing I had to do.

The only exceptions I made were for flannels (which need to be pre-shrunk) and batiks which often have excess dye.


-- Edited on 6/25/06 1:03 AM --

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Date: 6/25/06 8:05 AM

I couldn't agree more, so many of the "rules" we follow are based on things that no longer apply today.

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Date: 6/28/06 6:08 AM

Personally I always pre-wash my fabric if I'm making a quilt. Well the first quilt I didn't pre-wash the fabric because we had to pay to use the laundry room (no washer/dryer hookups in our apartment) but now that we have a washer and dryer I do pre-wash.

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