Preparing fabrics for your quilt

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For the next few posts we’ll look at preparing fabrics for cutting & piecing. Since most quilters deal exclusively in 100 % cotton fabrics, let’s focus on these. Choose good quality cotton fabrics – beware of second grade goods. Always test for color fastness & fading. To prewash or not to prewash? Think about the following questions: What is the finished look desired – flat or crinkly? Prewash for a flat look; don’t prewash for the crinkly antique look. Are there allergies to be concerned about? If so, wash first. Do you like the crispness of unwashed fabric? You can still have it after prewashing by spraying with sizing. How will the quilt be cared for after it is finished – is it a gift? It helps to give the recipient washing instructions to extend the life of the quilt. Answering these questions will determine the way to treat fabrics for each project.

Stay tuned for more hints on fabric preparation…

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