Question: when giving a quilt for a gift, do you wash it first or not?
I love the way quilts look after that first wash, but I don't know what
the proper etiquette is for giving. What do you all think?
I wash gift quilts first. That way I know it is clean. No telling
what all the quilt has been through by the time I get it pieced,
quilted and bound!
Also I am able to tell recipients that it is OK to wash it, see it has
already been washed.
And I too like the look after it has been washed.
It is your gift to give, do what seems best to you.
I always wash my quilts as soon as they are done. Freshens them up, not to
mention gets them clean from all the handling etc. I always mention to the
recipient it is freshly washed and ready to use.
I've changed camps. I used to be one of the 'new is so beautiful' quilters.
Now, I vote with Mary. I like the look and feel of a washed quilt and I
like to assure them that they can use and wash the quilt. Polly
I usually wash my quilts before I give them. If there is a problem
I'd rather deal with it. The one blue pinwheel on the vintage blocks
I did for my cousin ran like crazy. It was work but was good when I
gave it to her. (2 color catchers in the wash and it still ran).
I prewash my fabrics and pre shrink my batting so it crinkles a tad
but not a lot. I'll take a finished quilt any way you want to give
it to me though ; ) Finished is a fine thing.
I always wash my fabric, as and when I buy it; but I don't wash the
finished quilt before giving it.
In message , Trixie
>Remember that fabrics come from the factory with all kinds of potential
>allergens, which is why I always wash first, especially if the quilt is
>going to a baby or child.
without reading the rest of the reply's: wash! why? if anything will go
wrong it's best to find out before you give it so that when the recipient
washes they don't get a fright if the red runs into the white (for instance)
I wash - and in confirmation...a recent quilt that I'd washed and hung
outside to dry (graduation gift) I gave was received not only with
excitement and gratitude, but also the teenaged boy took a big whiff
and said "I can even use it right away 'cause it smells so good!"
Maybe you can parlay that into a
commercial for detergent! LOL
My two cents: I wash fabric as soon as
it comes into the house. I also wash all
sleeping quilts, and some WH, when
completed. Reasons? Same as several have
mentioned. PAT in VA/USA
I like to wash quilts I give as gifts so that when the recipient washes it,
there is no big "surprise" crinkling up of the quilt. If you didn't know
that was supposed to happen when washing, you might think you'd ruined it!
I always wash the finished quilt before I present it. I, too, love the look
after the first wash. When I remove it from the dryer I put it into a
plastic bag right away, so the QI cannot put their (hair) signature on it.
Linda in Tx
In article ,
I'll add my opinion in here, too. Like so many others, I wash before
giving away a quilt. What if a seam decided to ravel? I could fix it,
but the recipient might not be able to. I don't like the *really*
crinkled look, so -- like Taria -- I preshrink my batting. It still
crinkles a little, but that serves to enhance the quilting.
Wash. Then the recipient won't be shocked and horrified when the quilt
shrinks and crinkles. Also removes traces of marking chalk, sweaty fingers,
Roberta in D
"S" schrieb im Newsbeitrag
I almost always wash for several reasons:
-Like you, I love the crinkly look they get after that first wash.
Besides, I don't want the recipient to think they ruined the quilt if it
gets crinkly after washing when it wasn't that way before.
- I use basting spray on small pieces and I want to wash that out before
giving it away.
- I often have markings for my quilting lines that I want to wash out.
- Your hands are naturally a bit oily. I like to wash to get that out
before giving, because it will have a tendency to attract dirt.
- I always throw in a "color catcher" the first time I wash a quilt; if
it picks up some color, I can recommend to the recipient that they use
also use one when they wash the quilt, at least until it no longer shows
- I have been known to use a quilt on my own bed for a little while
before giving it; depending on how much I've used it, I'll wash it
again. Gotta make sure it works, you know :)
Julia in MN