Bear with me, please, this isn't your usual wash-or-not question.
First, I always wash fabric first. But I participated in a "Block of
the Month" at LQS in which
the lady pre-cut the fabric into very small blocks for piece cutting.
Too small to wash, I thought. So
I put the thing together unwashed.
Now here's the problem. I bought the backing, and the fabric is a tone-
on-tone ivory. It's very stiff.
That's going to be a problem hand-quilting. I can wash it and it'll
soften up, no biggie. BUT. I've
always heard the mantra..."Pre-wash all, or pre-wash none." What'll
happen if I wash the backing
but don't wash the quilt top?
I kind of want to wash the quilt top anyway. So, would that be a
problem? Any potential for disaster
I'm just not seeing? The only thing I thought is that the raw edges
might fray a lot. Can't I just sew around
the edge and prevent that?
Sewing around the edge won't do it as every raw edge on every seam allowance
will ravel as well. You could put it into a king sized pillow case and wash
very gently and air dry.
The backing you chose is not a good idea for hand quilting. Many of those
tone-on-tones are made by stamping a rubbery-paint stuff on the fabric. I'd
suggest making a small quilt sandwich with the t-on-t fabric and doing some
practice hand quilting. I do not think you'll want to hand quilt an entire
quilt going thru that stuff. Save that backing for another quilt that will
be machine quilted and buy a nicer, softer fabric for hand quilting.
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
The good thing is, it's not too late to change my mind, and I'm about
to do that. This backing is going to
look absolutely perfect on this quilt. You know when you see
something, and you know it's perfect? I'm
wavering on the hand-quilting part now. I've finally found a longarm
quilter who does absolutely
beautiful work IMO very, very reasonably priced. I did the test
patch. I think I'd be pulling my
hair out before it was half done.
can you wash the finished top, maybe put it in the washing machine, but
in a pillow case tied closed or something. Maybe that is too much for a
quilt top, so wash it by hand if you prefer (I guess you could test the
washing machine method by washing a single block). Then wash the backing
by the same method.
I'll go out on a limb here and say it won't do the finished piece any harm
if the backing is washed and the top isn't. If you use cotton batting, the
entire quilt will shrink up a little bit anyway when the finished piece is
washed. A little bit of shrink in the backing won't matter. But the general
rule is correct, I wouldn't want to mix washed and unwashed in the piecing,
even though most good quality cottons don't really shrink much these days.
Roberta in D
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