Do YOU Pre-Wash Before Quilting?

Good Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU pre-wash your fabrics or your batting before quilting?

While preparing for my upcoming Craftsy video (for release in November 2017), I made several samples-and compared washed versus unwashed. 

I was very surprised to see the amount of shrinkage on every type of batting when the fabric was not pre-washed.

The photo above shows two samples stitched with the same batting, backing and fabrics.  In this small sample-14-1/2 inches–the shrinkage was about 3/8-1/2 of an inch!

In addition to the overall shrinkage–and because of it–the quilting motifs look different.  Shrinkage is neither a good or a bad thing–but it is important to understand so you won’t be disappointed with the finished look of your quilt.

I still have more samples to make:

My next sample will be to pre-wash all of the fabrics and not the batting.

And then another sample, pre-wash the fabrics and pre-wash the batting. (Washing the batting can be a challenge.)

What about YOU?

Do YOU pre-wash your fabric?

Do YOU pre-wash your batting?

Do YOU make samples?

Have YOU ever been disappointed in a quilt after it was washed?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Still investigating….

Lori Poirot  (say that five times fast!)

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

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