Tuesday, February 19, 2008

To Wash or Not To Wash

Just a bunch of little stuff for a cold morning in Cincinnati. Trust me, I'm ready for spring and warmer temperatures.

Andrea decided she wanted a new hairstyle so she and I went for haircuts last night. Her style is definitely a lot shorter and very cute. Mine - just got the ends snipped off - I'm trying to let it grow out.

So, with the haircuts, that left very little sewing time. Got the first skinny border on the Lizzy quilt and hope to get the wide border sewn on tonight. I ordered the black batting from the on-line store Jen recommended. If I like this batting, I probably will order a bolt of their white batting because I certainly have enough unfinished projects to use at least a bolt. Some of the fabric I purchased at Hancock's sale yesterday got slapped into the washer. I'm never sure about wash or not wash, but with the less expensive fabrics, I'd rather wash first before snipping and sewing. Not sure if that's "correct". My first quilt teacher preached wash. Others since then have said not to wash. What do you all do?

Started watching "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" last night but stopped about half way since my eyelids weren't cooperating. Seems like a good movie though. I'll finish it sometime this week, but not tonight since "Biggest Loser" is on - the only television show I watch on a regular basis each week.

Hope you all have a great Tuesday!
Hugs,
Cathy

6 comments:

Suzan said...

If I am using "good" fabric, I don't wash unless I am concerned about colors running like reds. I also don't wash if it is for a wall hanging. If I am using Joann's quality fabric, I usually wash because you just never know how it will shrink. I also never mix washed and unwashed fabric in the same piece unless it is a wall hanging.

Jen said...

It depends on what I"m using the fabric for. If it's good fabric I don't bother. If it's not, well...then it depends what it's for. I'm lazy, I can't tell you the last time I washed it first. If anything I'd wash the finished product.

Moneik said...

I almost always wash first unless it is for a wall hanging and I'm short on time. I just figure if it's all done the same there won't be as many surprises in the end.

Michele said...

I always wash first. That's the way my grandmas taught me.

Suzan said...

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BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

I usually don't wash first. If I'm making a quilt, I like the look and puffyness of the fabric shrinking after it's quilted. Just what I like...
Regina in MI