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combining washed/unwashed fabrics

Babs | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

I have made a couple of quilt blocks from a class that used unwashed fabric. I have decided to make a full size quilt. I have both fabrics from my stash that are all washed and fabrics I just bought that were used in the quilt blocks.

Should I wash the new fabric and therefore most of the fabric in the quilt will be washed with 2 full blocks and some pieces here and there are unwashed; or should I leave all the new fabrick unwashed which would make the quilt about 2/3 unwashed fabrics and 1/3 washed?

What is the best way to go? Thanks!


  1. thehat | | #1

    the train of thoughtis to wash but that is up to you I like to use un washed because then after you make the quilt you wash it and it snugs the seams a little tighter thats the way I do it  how big is your quilt going to be

    1. Babs | | #2

      It will be full size. It's not for a bed - it will be for snuggling on the couch with my hubby. I've made about 15 quilts, but they have all been baby gifts that I gave away. I got inspired by the few blocks from the class and decided after 8 years it was time I made one to keep!!!

      So, if I leave most of the fabric unwashed for construction and then wash it when completed, the seams are tighter - that makes sense. Wouldn't that also help it to get that "old" quilted look sooner?

      Thanks for the feedback - this is the first time I have posted.

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    Becky-book | | #3

    Dear Babs,

    Good for you!  Make a nice quilt for you and hubby!

    If you mix washed and unwashed fabrics you run the risk of differing shrinkage in the dryer.  Since you have washed fabric you want to use, the safest way to go is wash everything, even the blocks from your class.  Zigzag the edges of the blocks so they won't fray, then finish your project in all washed cloth.

    happy sewing,


    1. Babs | | #4

      That is such a simple answer I can't believe I didn't think of it. It never occured to me to wash the blocks! Thanks!

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