Wash Appliquéd Quilt Top?

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I have spent a year and a half on very densely appliquéd quilt top and I would like to know if it would be acceptable to wash it with Synthrapol before putting the batting and backing on it.

Submitted by Ann-Marie

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I would definitely not wash it before quilting it. It will get a bit dirty with the quilting too. I would wait until the whole this is quilted and bound, then I would wash it in the delicate cycle only, no agitation (skip it manually if you have to). Use warm water and 1 TBS. only of the Synthrapol. Lay it flat to dry. When it is about half dry, manipulate it as needed to make sure the edges are true and square and smooth out any wrinkles with gentle pulling. Once it is almost entirely dry, press it lightly to remove any remaining wrinkles.

Hope this helps,
Heather Thomas


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10 Responses to “Wash Appliquéd Quilt Top?”
  1. Christie Somerville
    Christie Somerville

    Mrs. Andrea Smith I am working on your snowy day quilt sample challenge. My question is when sewing the 1/4″ seam both sides of the diagonals is it best to use a zig zag stitch or straight stitch?
    Thank you
    Christie Somerville
    Fairly new beginning quilter

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  2. Raye Nae Nylander
    Raye Nae Nylander

    Is it common or required to snip off the jagged edges of charm packs, etc? Or can they be sewed with the jagged edges intact? Thank you…

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      Hello Raye,

      No, you do not need to trim these pinked edges off- they can be sewn as is.

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    • Elsa Murray
      Elsa Murray

      Pinked edges are actually great because they do not (un)ravel as much as blunt edges do with handling (at least for me).

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  3. Jean Beisenstein
    Jean Beisenstein

    Have folks had trouble washing memory quilts that have pictures printed on them

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  4. Kyle
    Kyle

    With the new washers they are more sensitive to weight and I worry about taking it to the cleaners because of the cost. What is the best thing to do for cleaning? Help please.

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  5. Sarah Sang
    Sarah Sang

    Washing depends upon the composition of the fabric in the quilt.

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  6. Lora
    Lora

    Help. I am new at quilting and made a quilt top with red ,white and black fabric. The teacher taught nothing of precast. What do I do now. Thankyoi

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