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This archived content is from Mary Wilkins’ sewing and quilting message board “Sew What’s New,” which was retired in August 2007. It is being provided by “Sew What’s Up,” which serves as the new home for many members of “Sew What’s New.”
From: MyGirlFriday
Date: 01-22-2005, 05:54 PM (1 of 6)
I am going to be making a lap quilt and was wondering if the fabric needs to be washed prior to it being cut??
What do I need to do to my fabric prior to it being cut??
I just want to get to cutting!!! :dave:

mgf~ :wink:
Blessings & Smiles

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User: MyGirlFriday
Member since: 12-05-2004
Total posts: 288
From: Hogmami
Date: 01-22-2005, 06:10 PM (2 of 6)
I always wash mine. Some people don't.
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: carman
Date: 01-22-2005, 06:38 PM (3 of 6)
i am a rinse and dryer :smile: i put any fabric in the wash and put it on 3 minute wash and then rinse, as it is the drying that gets rid of the shrinking. i think there as many non washers as there are washers, it is what habit you start witoh and the rinseing gets rid of the "sizing" they put on most fabric, that stuff makes me sneeze ann sneeze.
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: susies1955
Date: 01-22-2005, 07:10 PM (4 of 6)
Hi mgf,
Here is a link on pre-washing fabric, Just scroll down just a bit:
Pre-Washing (
Here is the basics of rotary cutting:
Rotary Cutting Basics (
northern NY
User: susies1955
Member since: 11-07-2003
Total posts: 124
From: SherryRenee
Date: 01-24-2005, 11:26 PM (5 of 6)
A big Thank You to Susies1955 for the link regarding pre-washing of fabrics. The site is very helpful and has so many quick tips! Thank you again!!
User: SherryRenee
Member since: 01-24-2005
Total posts: 2
From: Dede
Date: 01-25-2005, 07:50 AM (6 of 6)
I was asked that very same question by a friend who is starting to quilt not too long ago. Her next question was: Do I need to iron the fabric too? The way I see things, if one person has a question to ask then a lot of people have the same question. Yes, the fabric also needs to be ironed. Welcome aboard, have fun and guess what????? you're in for a heck of an addiction :bg:
User: Dede
Member since: 03-23-2001
Total posts: 469
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