More fabric preparation tips for your quilt

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Now, where were we?? Ah yes, our beautiful fabric is just about to take a bath!

If prewashing is necessary, first snip the corners of the fabrics at a 45º angle to keep the edges from fraying. Use warm water with gentle soap & the delicate cycle – a front loading machine is best. Tumble dry on low heat until damp. Remove to press immediately.

Always press with the lengthwise grain to avoid distortion. Now is the time to use a fabric sizing or light starch sprayed on the wrong side of the fabric to give a crisper hand for better cutting & piecing. Don’t spray on however if you will not be cutting & piecing directly as the starch may attract unwanted critters into your stash! After pressing, cut as soon as possible in order to keep folds from creasing. If fabrics are to be transported to class, consider hanging them on a skirt hanger or a padded pant hanger – then only touchups will be required during valuable class time.

Are you finding this helpful? Let me know if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you!

More next time…

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4 Responses to More fabric preparation tips for your quilt

  1. Laurel says:

    I had no idea that cutting the fabric on a 45º angle would keep the edges from fraying, good to know.

  2. Really like your blog! Once I’m finished my courses, you’ve inspired me to start quilting….

  3. Sue says:

    Great website. Love the concept that you are teaching this way.

  4. Claire says:

    Okay making a quilt is now on my list of things to do. Can’t wait for the next lesson.