Thursday, January 23, 2014
To Wash or Not to Wash... That is the Question
I know there is the great debate on whether or not to prewash fabrics before cutting and sewing them into a quilt. This is NOT that question. I'm lazy and take my chances and don't prewash my fabrics.
No, my question has to do with a completed quilt this is going to be a gift for someone else. During the past year I've made a lot of smaller quilted gifts - placemats, table runners, and mug rugs. This evening I finished my 3rd quilt. Many of you more experienced quilters are probably laughing since you've probably lost count of the number of quilts you made - but for me the Brown Bear quilt is only the 3rd one I've made. And it's a special gift for someone (more on that in another post). Having never gifted a quilt to someone before, I'm not sure if I wash it first myself so that it crinkles up nicely or if I let them wash it. Regardless of who washes it, a couple of color catchers will be accompanying it through the washing machine just to be safe.
So, should I wash my quilt before I gift it or not?