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From: Sabrena
Date: 03-04-2007, 01:42 PM (1 of 2)
Hello everyone. I am still fairly new to quilting. I have made 5 quilts. My next project is a rag quilt using all flannel. I have washed/dried the flannel once already. I was wondering how many times do I wash/dry the flannel before cutting out the squares? I have been told different amounts of time. So I am still kinda confused.

Thanks for your help.
Sabrena Quilter from Seattle
User: Sabrena
Member since: 03-04-2007
Total posts: 3
From: bridesmom
Date: 03-05-2007, 12:46 AM (2 of 2)
I didn't wash mine at all until after it was done, that way you get really nice fluffing at the cut edges. And since none of it was washed, it all shrank the same, looked fine. I wouldn't wash it any more than once before cutting out the squares. Once you get the quilt sewn together, and the seams clipped or nipped (or whatever you call it) wash it again once or twice to get the edges all soft and fluffy. And you can trim off the long hanging threads then. Each time it gets washed, it gets softer.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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