> I just finished my first bed (queen) size quilt today, and feel very
> mellow and good. I think instead of a happy dance, I will celebrate by
> getting in my jammies and getting underneath and snuggling up with it as
> soon as I finish this post.
> My quilt is 100% machine done, from piecing to binding. It is a scrappy
> pastel LeMoyne Star with yellow print sashing and borders, and a very
> simple diagonal grid quilting pattern. I got and used many good ideas from
> this newsgroup, so thanks to you all for that. One thing I want to share
> is the good experience I had with Fairfield Cotton Classic batting. I had
> never used this before, but chose it because it is thin and I thought would
> be easier to roll up to shove under the machine. It was easy to roll, but
> was also very stable. Even with all the wrestling, pulling and pushing it
> got, I managed to quilt the whole thing with no puckers on front and only
> two on back. The Cotton Classic really sticks to the fabric.
> My one last question is about washing. Another reason I bought this
> particular batting is because it is supposed to shrink "slightly," which I
> want for the antiquey look. However, how do I go about washing this thing?
> I have a large capacity top load washer. Will that do? What cycle,
> detergent, dryer setting, etc.? I guess I really have more than "one" last
> question, after all.
> Miami FL
GREAT, Pam!!!! Your quilt sounds super. Yes, your top-load washer will
work. I may get in trouble for this (after all, we purists are oncly
supposed to use COLD water), but I dump (yeah, well, my notion is that I
HOPE my quilt will be dragged, and dumped, and picnicked on, and used to
make a cave, and WASHED, in the machine (understand, Newbies, that I'm a
machine piecer, and a machine quilter, and I am not DISTRAUGHT that I
loved my grandmother's quilt-for-me so much that it simply, like the
*Velve*** Rabbit*, fell apart) every quilt in the machine, on WARM
(so, it's BETTER to work with cold, but not everyone understands that).
I watch the machine fill up, and I let it agitate for about 30
seconds, and I whip it to spin. (if the quilt has marks on it, for
quilting lines, I extend this a bit). Fill up for rinse, whook the
agitator a couple of times, and spin.
And then (god forbid), I put the quilt in the DRYER. My notion
is that it had better get used to what it'll go though (and besides, the
dryer is WONDERFUL for the old-timey puckers).
Hmph. Of COURSE I *RECOMMEND* nothing but Orvus soap, and no
sunlight, and on-the-lawn-on-a-sheet-in-the-shade, in my long "care and
feeding of your quilt" (written) lecture which goes with each of my
Hmph. What do I do with my OWN quilts (the ones *I* made, not
my grandmother's ones, the ones *I* use, for *ME*)? I put 'em in the
washer (with Orvus), through the whole cycle (I have cats, and they USE
these quilts, even as I do); and if I have time, I do the
sheet-on-the-lawn-in-the-shade thing. That is very satisfying. But
sometimes, I just gotta get the cat-hair off, and get the quilt back on
my bed (and maybe the puckers have flattened a bit :-) ).
So, I'm getting ready to duck, but I put *MY* quilts, the ones I
use for ME, in the washer, and in the dryer.
No, I don't wash them every week, with the linens.
And yes, I still "tromp" the OLD ones in the bathtub, with
Orvus, and put them on the lawn, in the shade, on a sheet.
Does this make sense?
Sarah in Las Cruces, NM