Wash before or after binding?

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I have always sewn on both sides of the binding and then washed my quilts to
get some puckering.  A couple of my quilting friends are washing their
quilts before they attach the binding at all.  (My fabric and backing are
already prewashed,  but not the batting.)

I am curious what you all do.


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Barb Quilts  aka Barb C
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Re: Wash before or after binding?
I do the same as you, Barb, and cannot imagine taking the chance that
the edges of the sandwich would come out of the wash all gnarly.  I'm
assuming that your friends are not trimming the edges until they are
washed and dried, but what could be their reasoning for this?  Perhaps
to avoid a puckered binding?  Having recently watched demonstrations on
TV of  chenille and rag quilt techniques, I'd be weary of putting a raw
edge in the wash.

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KCK  ( in Texas)
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Re: Wash before or after binding?
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I sometimes wash my quilts before I bind them.  I trim the edges, zigzag
stitch all around (I'd serge if I had a serger, but I don't) and then wash
in the washing machine.  My washing method to wash quilts in the washer,
then dry in the dryer.  Don't have a heart attack. I've never had a
problem.  And even if I did, I'd just make another one to replace it! (Of
course I only machine piece, machine quilt, and intend my quilts to be used
and loved and eventually worn out).


Re: Wash before or after binding?
Oh, I'm all for washing simplicity. I wash my quilts in a machine and
put them in a fairly hot dryer before I give them away, so the
recipients can be assured that there won't be any surprises.

I'm more curious *why* someone would want to wash the quilt prior to
binding it.  Is there an advantage I'm not thinking of?  Won't the quilt
get washed at some other time following the binding anyway?

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Re: Wash before or after binding?
I asked her for more specifics and it all boils down to wanting a perfectly
flat and square quilt.  She just swishes it around a bit in the washer to
get any markings out, then pins it to her carpet using her rulers to be sure
it's exactly square.  If she wants more crinkles, she'll wash it again.
Still didn't tell me why it's done before binding, but she's following some
magazine article's directions.  Her quilts do look good and she has won some
prizes at our large quilt show, but she's in the minority as far as doing it
this way I think.

I will never be doing all this and certainly not before binding.  I do
square it up before I attach the binding.

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Re: Wash before or after binding?
Thanks Barb.  Inquiring minds needed to know. :-)

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Re: Wash before or after binding?
In this same vein, I was wondering how to wash my quilt.  Can it be put in
the washer???  Will the seams break if it is spun dry..How about the dryer.
I sure wouldn't relish getting it all done and then messing up.
I prewashed all my material, but not the Warm and Natural.  Should I have?
How about when it gets dirty...how do you all do it?
Carla
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Re: Wash before or after binding?
I, too, prewash all the fabric. I don't prewash the batting, I like the
looks of a sort of crinkled quilt. I wash and put the quilt in the dryer
after it is finished and while it is "doing its thing" there, I usually make
the label. But then, I've never made anything but quilts that will need
washed in the future. I want people to use them...on the sofa, on the floor,
wherever they need to.
Martha in IN
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I have no worries about washing any of the quilts I have made: I have a
front loading washer with an excellent wool program.  That, a good
quality washing powder combined with an excellent spot pre treating
spray, and an extra spin for getting the excess water out, and it will
be fine.  Not sure I'd tumble dry...  Have to think about that one!
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Kate  XXXXXX
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washing a finished quilt Re: Wash before or after binding?
If you did it right, it won't fall apart in the washing machine or dryer. At
least not for many years. I do mine at 40 C (lukewarm), tumble dry until
damp, pull gently to straighten if necessary, and finish drying over the top
of the 6-line clothesline. Use gentle detergent (for wool, or Orvus, or
Ivory flakes) and throw in a dye magnet just in case.
Roberta in D

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Re: Wash before or after binding?
Depends on the quilt, of course.

Mine are all cotton (including the batt, which I don't pre-wash),
stitched with cotton thread, usually (but not always) have "invisible"
quilting thread on the top.

I USED to be a bit of a "purist" about it all, with the Orvus soap, the
laying the quilt out on the grass (sheet underneath, sheet on top), and
all that.

Now, I just toss the quilt in the washing machine, COLD water (just
never tried the other temps, for a quilt ... but can't see why "warm"
wouldn't work, too).  And I dry them in the DRYER (they come out
PERFECTLY "puckered" ... I like the look).

Grins,

Sairey (no longer a purist, for MY quilts, anyway -- I make them to be
used, I USE them (which means they get dirty -- especially the one on my
couch, where I put my bare feet up ), and I WASH them!  And I tell the
recipients that they can, too!)

C. Mathews wrote:

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Re: Wash before or after binding?
washer and drier. no secrets. unless it is an antique you are trying to
preserve.

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Calico Wrinkles was Re: Wash before or after binding?
I usually wash after binding but feel it is a personal choice.  To the
subject line however, I recently washed my Spring Sue quilt and found that
the calico backing and background has wrinkled unbelieveably.  Even after
ironing it is still very wrinkly.  Is this a common thing or do I just have
a dodgy batch?  It was fine before washing.

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Sharon From Melbourne Australia (Qof DU) (getting ready to get out the spray
starch)
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Re: Calico Wrinkles was Re: Wash before or after binding?
Sharon,

All the newly made quilts we see in those pattern magazines and at quilt
shows are pristine, have perfectly flat bindings, and give us the
impression that our quilts are supposed to look like that too.  We spend
all that time on our quilt tops, pressing along the way, making sure
that every seam is flat, the whole time, falling in love with this
"unnaturally" flat creation.  We put the sandwich together, quilt it,
and then apply the binding (oh, how lovely the binding looks, like a
perfect satin ribbon surrounding our treasure), but all of a sudden,
following a baptism in the washing machine, it's all wrinkly, crinkly,
puckery, or whatever.

I think what we're seeing out of the wash is the way it's SUPPOSED to
look!  It's a quilt!  We don't expect the seams on our denim jeans (do
you call them jeans over there?) to remain as flat as the day we bought
them once they've come out of the wash.

Nuff said....however, I'm still not convinced that I'm doing it
correctly.

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Re: Calico Wrinkles was Re: Wash before or after binding?
LOL, thanks Kevin, I needed that!

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Sharon From Melbourne Australia (Qof DU)
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Re: Calico Wrinkles was Re: Wash before or after binding?
Hi

Some creations you see in magazines use unwashed fabrics and battings.
I think the reason for this is that if you make a quilt then wash it
and it goes crumply it doesn't photograph well.  If many of the quilts
in the magazine look crumpled they will be less appealing to the
potential maker therefore selling less magazines.

A quilt made before any washing (top, batting or backing) makes for a
wonderfully smooth quilt that photographs beautifully.

The crinkling is due to cotton shrinkage.  Average about 5% in the
first wash.  So if you want minimal shrinkage crinkle, wash before you
sew and the includes the batting.

...Fran...

PS.  I don't wash before for magazine projects, but always for
personal things.

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On Sun, 13 Jul 2003 15:14:05 +1000, "Sharon Harper"

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Re: Calico Wrinkles was Re: Wash before or after binding?
But, but, mine hasn't actually shrunk - it looks like one of those wrinkle
puppies (Shar Pei's??), the calico has GROWED!!

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Re: Calico Wrinkles was Re: Wash before or after binding?
Did you prewash the batting?

On Mon, 14 Jul 2003 08:04:30 +1000, "Sharon Harper"

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Re: Calico Wrinkles was Re: Wash before or after binding?
You do that?  Oops!  Never mind, I quite like the wrinkled look.  Anyways
wouldnt' the batting fall apart?

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Re: Calico Wrinkles was Re: Wash before or after binding?
HI

Not if you buy the really good stuff! I always use Warm & Natural.


...Fran...

On Mon, 14 Jul 2003 13:43:05 +1000, "Sharon Harper"

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