You’re apparently supposed to wash your quilt before you gift them. It makes the quilting look all nice and soft, and it takes out the stiffness of the new fabric feel. I want to wash them before I gift them. I want them to have that crinkle-y looks. But, I just can’t bring myself to do it.
Because what if they fell apart.
Basically, what I’m saying is this: I send them off and when they leave they are in one piece and perfect. Just in case I’ve made a mistake I want them to fall apart with the new owner. So, I want you to use them. I want you to wash them. Over and over. Wash them on the delicate cycle. Use detergent that is unscented, liquid based, and color-free to wash your quilt, and refrain from using any detergent that contains a fabric softener. If it’s the first time you’re washing one of my quilts, use a Shout Color Catcher just in case some colors bleed. Since the quilts that I make are quilted by machine, you are free to dry them. Over and over. Just dry them on low-heat.
It sounds so nice and easy. But for now, it’s a step I’m skipping. I just have a fear that I would open up the dryer and find the binding all off, the quilt top separated from the backing, and the quilt split in two.
Is this likely to happen? No. Is this even a real concern? No. But, it’s my quilting-nightmare version of showing up to class on the first day naked.
So, I don’t wash my quilts. I leave that up to you. And, by all means, if it does fall apart, let me know. I can fix it. I’ll just be in denial and pretend it’s a new project.
In all seriousness, could this happen? Quilting friends, give me some peace of mind. Can I wash my quilts?