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 Washing Information for Quilters

Submitted by, Denver Fabrics

 

Quilters Ask: Many quilters believe that all fabrics must be pre-washed before using them for quilts. They also believe that pre-washing will ensure that their fabrics will not bleed. This is not always true. 

To Wash? Or Not to Wash? 
Reasons to pre-wash:

Reasons not to pre-wash:

Significant Color Loss -- Why? 
If there is significant color loss when washing or testing your cotton fabrics, the quality of your cotton fabric may not be the problem. Detergents that contain bleach or even the chlorine in tap water could be the problem. For more information refer to “From Fiber to Fabric” by Harriet Hargrave.

How to Test for Washfastness: 

Instructions for Washing Quilting Fabrics:

To Wash a Completed Quilt: 

Recommended Washing Agents: 

We Recommend:
We recommend testing for color bleeding (washfastness) of all fabrics before using them in quilts. Be careful to test rich, saturated colors and all red, rust, purple, and teal fabrics.

An excellent source of information on quilting textiles and how to test and care for them. 
From Fiber to Fabric by Harriet Hargrave, C&T Publishing

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