Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Quilt Class 101 Feature And A GIVEAWAY!!!!!

I am being featured over on Rebecca's blog Chasing Cottons, on Friday, for her Quilt Class 101.
Thanks to Rebecca for having me over to share.
It's an honour...

Chasing Cottons

To celebrate the event I am having a
GIVEAWAY !!! Yay!!!
Giveaway is now CLOSED

I have a Fat 1/4 pack of Melly & Me fabric. There are 15 fabrics of Where The Wind Blows.


Look at that bundle of yumminess....

To enter the Giveaway

  1.Leave a comment on this post. Let me know if you Wash or Not??
( Referring to my post on Chasing Cottons on Friday)



2. For and "extra" entry join my blog as a Follower

This Giveaway is open to all. (overseas included)
Make sure you leave an email address so I can contact the winner...

The giveaway will be open until
Tuesday 26th April,  9pm. 
(Australian Eastern Time)
Giveaway is now CLOSED
I will choose the winner with Random Generator and inform the winner on Wednesday Morning.
Hope you enjoyed my feature post and Good Luck on the Giveaway

Happy Quilting
Leanne

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Beth said...

I do not wash first, though I am often tempted!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Beth said...

I am following you now as well.

Bec said...

Yay!!! So glad you could be apart of the class... I must admit i dont wash!! Although.. Maybe after reading your post i will?? xx Thanks Leanne, Bec xx

Bec said...

I am a follower xx

Sunnybec said...

I have just come over from Rebecca's to say hi. No I don't wash but I sometimes feel guilty that I don't because I know other people do. I am finding this Quilting Class so useful thanks for taking the time to help others, and thanks for the chance to win.

Sunnybec said...

I am a new follower.

Seams Sew Together said...

Nope I never wash first, don't know why, just lazy me thinks!!

Seams Sew Together said...

I am already a follower

Rie said...

I never wash first - it creates work upfront!!!

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kgibson said...

I always wash because when I first started quilting my tutor told me to always wash the fabric first. It just became part of the process.

Dianne Neale said...

I started to wash, then laziness took over, and eagerness to start cutting! So now I don't

Vickie said...

I do not wash first. I have so many fabrics, that to go back and wash my stash would be a HUGE job. And my studio is away from my home, so it just means more waiting. I don't like to wait!

Lee said...

I loved your feature. Thank you - I always wash and press my fabric.

Lee said...

I am a new follower!

Monique said...

I don't wash, you taught me not to. Don't worry, you don't have to enter me in the giveaway, I'm just here to give you the extra comment (like you'll need it!). I think I was your first follower ever. Yay me!
Have fun Sis! xo

Hayley M said...

I don't usually prewash, usually just throw a color catcher in the wash! :)

Hayley M said...

I'm also a follower :)

Kylee said...

I'm new to quilter so I don't really know what I do yet! But I think I'll lean towards not washing because I'm impatient lol.

Scenic Pit Stops said...

I've only ever washed first, but want to try my next project without to see which I like better. I can never iron my fabrics as flat and smooth as they are prior to washing!

Scenic Pit Stops said...

I'm a new follower to your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

Stray Stitches said...

I wash most all of my fabrics first. The only time I haven't is a BOM that I receive each month in the mail. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

Stray Stitches said...

I am a regular follower of your blog.

Jessica said...

I don't wash, but always after I'm done... the only fabric I wash first is if I'm making a quilt out of old clothes or T-shirts.

Jessica said...

I'm a brand new follower via Google Friend Connect!

Melissa L said...

Love the class. I do not wash prior to sewing because I really enjoy the extreme crinkles you get after quiting.

pinsandneedles said...

Just popped over from Rebecca's at Chasing Cottons. I used to wash my fabrics when using yardage, never wash precuts though. Lately, I haven't been prewashing. I haven't experienced any problems.

Mary Jo said...

I just became a follower - maybe you will follow me back. Thanks!

Mary Jo said...

I don't wash my fabric....I find it's much easier to work with before it's washed. I may wash the item after, depending what it is (such as cloth napkins, etc.).

Mary Jo said...

I don't wash my fabric....I find it's much easier to work with before it's washed. I may wash the item after, depending what it is (such as cloth napkins, etc.).

Teje said...

Hello! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! I wash all my fabrics before sewing. I use also very much old shirts, sheets etc. so if I mix there new fabric I can't know how they change together in the washing. If all the fabric is new, it could be nice shabby result after washing the finished quilt.
Sunny wishes from Crete! Teje
nerospost@gmail.com

Ms. M said...

I don't wash it too coz I love the smell of a brand new fabric.

fablanche3petal at gmail dot com

Ms. M said...

New follower here!

fablanche3petal at gmail dot com

Kimie said...

I normally wash, but I've never really bought quality fabrics. I just got my first quality line of Riley Blake and I didn't wash it before starting this quilt. After it's all done and washed, we'll see if I regret that (hoping I don't!).

Kimie said...

I'm a follower now. Love your quilting.

~The Bargain Babe said...

Don't wash. I'm too lazy. :)

would love to win that fat quarter set!

zucchinisummer (at) gmail (dot) com

BaileyGirl5 said...

I don't prewash any of my quilting fabrics but I do prewash flannel if I am using it as a backing or batting.

Kelly Irene said...

I don't wash, but I'm working on a quilt right now that I'm slightly nervous over...hopefully the no washing doesn't come back to get me!
Thanks for the giveaway and great tips!

Ella said...

I've always washed, but maybe I won't next time. I hate ironing....

sandytoesbride said...

I become a follower - you have great tips too! TFS

sandytoesbride said...

I do not wash my fabrics I've never had luck with washing them first.

sandytoesbride at gmail dot com

robin said...

In the past, I've prewashed, thinking I must, but now knowing many don't, I'm going to try not prewashing and see what happens. :)

robin said...

I follow.

Lindsay said...

I do not wash first.

Sallie said...

I don't wash first. Thanks for the chance!

Sallie said...

I'm a new follower.

stitch_days said...

I wash my fabric before it goes into my sewing room.
Rita E in AZ

Helen said...

I always wash unless I'm using a precut (which is rare) and I have been known to prewash those if I want to add in fabric from my stash which is all washed. Thanks for the giveaway!

Natasha said...

I do not wash but that is because, I do not own a washer or dryer and it would be too expensive to wash.

stitch_days said...

I just became a follower of your blog and I love how cheerful it is.
Rita E in AZ

Helen said...

I'm a follower! P.S. I also always wash my fabric, both new and in a quilt, with at least two colour catcher sheets - don't know how I managed without them!

Amanda said...

I'm a new quilter and so far, I've always prewashed (because that's what I was told to do). Reading all these comments of people who do not prewash may sway me though! It's always hard to wait for the wash to be done when you really want to cut into that fabric :)

Debra said...

I'm a new follower!

Debra said...

I don't wash first. I love the crinked effect after the quilt get washed!

Staci said...

I don't prewash, generally speaking.
I occasionally buy or am given fabric with questionable lineage, and that gets prewashed. If I'm worried, into the washer it goes. If it is premium quilting fabric, it goes straight to the cutting table.

momof3 said...

I just became a follower, love what I have seen.

I wash almost all my fabric. If I am using precuts I do not wash any. I have not seen a real difference, other then I think unwashed is easier to get good cuts from.

becky.mb@comcast.net

Wendy said...

I would love to be considered for the bundle of fat quarters. I tend to NOT pre-wash my fabrics - except for flannelette.

Wendy said...

Forgot to leave my address when I commented - am anxious to follow your blog.

suemac said...

I don't prewash my fat quarters if I am using a pattern that requires almost the whole 18 X 21. If it is a solid that I think is going to bleed I prewash.

Joy M. said...

I've done both, but most of the time I don't wash my fabric first. Thanks for the giveaway!
joylovessewing@comcast.net

Joy M. said...

I'm a follower...thanks

Christie, Describe Happy said...

I don't normally wash unless I am recycling fabric from something (tee-shirt, sheets...) Great topic!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

I am a new follower... looking forward to reading more!

Brandy said...

I never wash first. Chasing Cottons sent me over here!
brandyschell@gmail.com

Brandy said...

I am following you now as well!
brandyschell@gmail.com

Jennifer V. said...

My mother taught me to wash first. I hate always hated ironing clothes, but don't mind ironing my pretty fabrics!

jenvanderlaan (at) yahoo.com

Jennifer V. said...

I am now a follower too!

jenvanderlaan (at) yahoo.com

Phyllis in Texas said...

Thanks for the Quilting 101 Lesson.

Erin said...

I usually wash when I get it home but sometimes (depending on the project) I am lazy and don't ; 0.

LynCC said...

What pretty fabric! I have no choice - I have to wash because I'm allergic to the sizing. It's really nasty if I don't. :(

LynCC said...

And I'm already a follower. :D

Diane H said...

I have always washed. Just used a charm pack for the first time and of course didn't wash it - I'm nervous. Thanks for a chance.

Diane H said...

I am a new follower. Thanks again.

generationSue said...

I always wash! Love your blog!

Celeste said...

I don't wash. I probably should, but then I get too excited to get started.

Celeste said...

I'm a new follower :)

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

I used to wash but I much prefer working with unwashd fabric, its so much easier to cut and work with. So now, unless its red, or purple, or deep pink or something likely to run, I don't wash if I can help it.

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

And I'm a new follower :-)

Melisa said...

I am a follower

Melisa said...

I don't wash quilt fabrics, but do with clothing fabrics.

Ronnie said...

I used to wash all fabrics but now I'm selective, ie. no for crafts like bags, yes to red fabrics for large quilts. Love the info on your blog!

Cathy said...

Oh, yes, I always wash. After having a HUGE amount of uneven shrinkage of my second quilt, I wash everything - including jelly rolls. I usually wash yardage when I buy it, but wash FQs just before I am going to use them.

Lindsay Conner said...

I don't wash, and I'm so glad someone else says it's okay!

Lindsay Conner said...

Following you now, and I've posted your giveaway over at http://www.craftbuds.com/giveaway-roundup/

Donna said...

I'm a new follower and new at quilting.....but I have always been told to wash before cutting...yay it's ok not to wash anymore!!!

mickndonna@ozemail.com.au

Kathy said...

I always wash! It can be frustrating when you are really keen to start, but saves any disasters after all that work has been done on the quilt.

Cheers

Kathy

paulette said...

I never wash first and have never had a problem...touch wood!! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely little bundle!!Take care!
Paulette

Jim said...

I wash reds...on others I usually don't.

RenegadeQuilter said...

I do not wash my fabric.

RenegadeQuilter said...

I now follow your blog.

Catskill Quilter said...

I do not wash first, and it always works out -- but I do not get any iffy fabrics!

Catskill Quilter said...

I do not wash first, and it always works out -- but I do not get any iffy fabrics!

Catskill Quilter said...

I am a new follower!

lglw said...

I have to wash. I learned to wash when I learned to sew clothing & can't stop. lol

Tiffany said...

When I first started quilting, I washed a fat eighth bundle all together and it was a NIGHTMARE! It took me DAYS to untangle and iron out all the wrinkles. Since then the only time I have prewashed is when I used a large piece of flannel for a back because I know flannel shrinks a lot.

Jodi said...

Don't wash but I am only working on my first quilt. Would love to know more about it so I look forward to your post.

Jodi said...

I am a new follower of your blog

Sandy in Minnesota said...

I go halfsies-wash some, don't wash others. I think it depends on the color and size of the fabric. Thanks!

Marcia W. said...

Yardage I wash, FQ and less do not wash

Marcia W. said...

Thank you for the giveaway - found you thru chasingcotton quilting 101 - I now follow your blog! mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com is alternate email address

Slovenka said...

When I buy a kit, I do not wash. Block of the month - I do not wash. BUT when I plan a quilt and really think about all the details that should go into it, including deciding which fabrics I should go to buy, then I wash. Thanks for the giveaway.

Slovenka said...

I became your follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

Dianne Giles said...

I am a new follower!!

Dianne Giles said...

I pre-wash all my yardage, but not layer cakes or charm packs. I have been caught with colours that run, so it is pre-washing all the time!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Vanessa said...

some things I prewash, some things I dont...depends on the project, Quilt yardage, absolutly :-) Thanks for a chance to win a great giveaway!

TheAccidentalCrafter said...

I'm a new quilter and all my yardages are pre-washed though I've been told by some there is no need to wash but I worry about shrinkage. Will be looking forward to the post and thanks for this great giveaway.

Karen said...

I agree I do prewash some things, especially reds....or at least I get a corner wet to see if it will bleed. I always wash my quilts with a Shout color grabber and have not had any issues!

cathie said...

i pre-wash thos fabrics I am suspicious will run, like some blacks and reds...but trust my luck with others

Melinda said...

I wash when I buy my fabric so I don't have to worry about it when it comes time to create something. If I use jelly rolls or any other pre-cuts, I buy material that I will not wash to go with it. That way all the material will be washed at the same time.
Does that make sense?

Nigel said...

Hello i'm new quilter and new follower too !
I wash or not .... good answer isn't ir ???

jennifer said...

No I don't wash.Thanks for the chance

jennifer said...

I'm a follower:)

Deb said...

I always wash yardage...and smaller pieces (that I get each month for our Saturday Sampler blocks) I soak in the basin before beginning.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I have always pre-washed, but lately for smaller projects I am forgoing the washing. However, I made a tablerunner recently and found that the red was going to bleed! Big time mess as it was to be a gift :-S Thanks for the generous giveaway.

Mandy said...

mmm...ok...no wash...i love material unwashed...its just so new...what can i say...xxx

Mandy said...

ok...now a follower and thanks for th great prize up for grabs...xxx

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Larger fabrics are washed and line dried - smaller pieces don't as they tend to distort shape too much. But all my quilts/quited pieces get a wash and dry before they go

Sandy said...

I hate to prewash and generally do not, unless they are red. I have learned the hard way that reds need to be prewashed. Unfortunately, I am very drawn to red. LOL! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Jodi said...

I do NOT prewash, but I do use Shout Color Catcher every time on the finished quilt.

Jodi said...

Now a follower, and great post!

teresamnj said...

Never wash first, it's against my religion! ;)

teresamnj@comcast.net

teresamnj said...

Following! Yay!!! Love finding fun, new blogs. :)

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

I don't wash. I am excited to read more about the wash vs pre-wash though. I always love new insights :)

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

I am one of your newest followers and am so happy to have found your blog :)

Anonymous said...

I am too excited too get started to wash!

annmarie said...

i don't wash unless it is for a swap that requires it. Love these cheery fabrics. thanks for the chance.

annmarie said...

this is my first visit to ;your blog - i like it so i am now a follower.

Lisa Marie said...

I always wash my fabrics. Often I wash them by hand and when I see the amount of dye that is in the water it makes me afraid to not wash. Sure would save a lot of time (and help my water bill) to not wash, but so many fabrics bleed that I just have to wash them.

Lisa Marie said...

I follow your blog!

Rhonda said...

Nope, I don't wash!!

Alina said...

I do not prewash my fabric; I think I am just lazy. However, if I am making clothing for my baby, I will prewash since I don't want to find out it shrinks after she wears it the first time.

Rhonda said...

I'm a new follower!! And glad to be one, I might add!

Mommarock said...

I try to prewash all my fabric for fear of dye running. I don't always buy the most expensive fabrics.. so I'm not sure of the qualities of the dyes used.. I try to cover myself by pre-washing.

Deb said...

Prewash, definitely!

Deb said...

Following -

Mimi said...

Sometimes I prewash and sometimes I don't... it all depends on the quality of the fabric. Awesome giveaway - would be perfect for a spring project!!

Hilachas said...

I do not wash first. I tried it a couple of times and ended up with a lot of raveled threads and THEN, I had to iron all the fabric. Now I just take my chances and do not wash.

Hilachas said...

I am now a follower of your blog.

Devon Kinne said...

I'm a new follower - I don't wash but feel guilty because I know I should...but am so tempted to just start right in!

Gamma said...

I'm a follower of your blog

Gamma said...

I don't wash my fabrics unless it's for a baby/child and I know the quilt will be washed. Otherwise, I'm in too much of a hurry to start cutting and sewing!

Talin's Corner said...

I do wash, but I have heard so many people say that they don't that I am considering giving it a try.

Janet said...

Yes I wash. Most of the time. Sometimes I just can't wait. I know that's bad. I have to pick one or the other. Thanks for a chance to win.

jmnstars said...

Hi. :) I was sent here by Stray Stitches. I usually pre-wash yardage but not usually anything smaller than a quarter yard. However, if I am making something some of the fabric is already washed, I wash everything. Hope that makes sense! Thanks for the chance to win!

The Rx quilter said...

In my first quilting classes I was taught to always prewash and iron all fabric first...since I totally dislike ironing and am really no good at it, I no longer prewash...I like the smoothness that unwashed fabric offers. Lisa in Texas

The Rx quilter said...

Hi, I am now a follower...I love your work...you do beautiful work. Lisa in Texas

Curly said...

Yes, I wash! It is usually to give me more time to appreciate and fondle the fabrics before I cut into them. Also "old" teaching that it is best to wash to remove excess dyes and realign the threads in the fabric.

Anonymous said...

It depends on the fabric but from me a heavy steam iron does the trick!!! Cherie

Cook Clean Craft said...

I wash (most of the time!).

Kathleen C. said...

I don't wash when i know I'm using the fabrics for a wall quilt. Always wash when I'm making a quilt as a gift because I want to be able to say with assurance that the quilt can be washed and dried. So some of my scraps are prewashed, some not. Now that I'm involved in some swaps and occasionally charity quilts, I feel I should always prewash. I take the fabrics out of the dryer when still a bit damp and put them on a rack or press them right away. Congrats on your Chasing Cottons feature, and thanks.

Kathleen C. said...

I'm a follower. Thanks again.

Becky said...

I don't wash - most of the time. I do always wash if I'm sewing with flannel. Have a wonderful evening!

anne said...

Nope don't wash just cut and sew...Thank you for sharing.

Jo said...

I always wash first it ends up being more work but can save a big mess latter!

Jo said...

I am a new follower

gregandjacqui said...

I'm waiting on my material in the post for my first quilt, but at this stage I am not intending to wash first.

gregandjacqui said...

Hi, I'm a new follower.

Allisen said...

Hi , jumping over from Chasing Cottons. I always wash and dry my fabric before I sew children's clothes....as for quilts, well I have never made one before....looking forward to reading on to find out what to do. Love the give away fabric!

Allisen said...

I am now following your blog :)

Wendy V said...

I don't wash. Sometimes I wish I did when I finish a quilt, but with trowing some extra colorcatchers in the machine it always turns out right.

Wendy V said...

I am a follower of your blog.

quilary said...

I wash the material before I start. It removes the sizing and I couldn't bear the thought of colours running in the wash. Freshly ironed material feels beautiful and is as easy to cut as unwashed material. Thanks for the chance.

quilary said...

I am now following you.

SewHappyGeek said...

I don't wash either, but I am grateful for the knowledge that it keeps the bugs away too. Thanks!

SewHappyGeek said...

I'm a follower now too!

peskypixies said...

I am following as blossompetal

I do wash.

Miss 376 said...

I don't wash as I like the feel of the new fabric and want to get started. So glad to find I was doing something right

Laura Jane said...

I'm a follower too!

Samelia's Mum said...

I don't normally prewash my fabrics. Although... I've just bought 2 very bright bold fabrics (homespun) to make a drunkards path quilt which I think I will wash.
Wouldn't it be awful to have the perfect colour combination happening then to wash it and have it all seep into itself. Yikes!

Samelia's Mum said...

I'm a new follower of your blog. I look forward to having a look around :-)

Karen said...

Hi, I just came over from Chasing Cottons, thanks for the advice, I don't wash first either! Great giveaway, thank you :o)

Helen said...

Loved reading your post about pre-wash or not..... I used to pre-wash but lately I just cut into and sew without washing (unless I have a red or dark blue fabric that just begs to be rinsed) -- I always include a packet of colour catchers with any quilt that I gift to someone and I always give washing instructions on the label of the quilt. I am always amazed that others do not know about colour catchers..... I use them in just about every load of my washing... quilts or not!!

Lovely give-away too!!!

Helen said...

I'm a new follower and look forward to reading all about your quilting.

Ronnie said...

My early quilt classes taught us to wash, but I've learned to take it easy and just wash the the evil reds and darks and use a lot of color catchers!!

Oops-Lah said...

I'm a NON washer ;). Thanks for a great give away!

Oops-Lah said...

And I just became a follower.

Vickie said...

Thanks for such a helpful post!
I used to wash every little thing and then I quit and now I only wash what I think really needs it! Thanks for a chance to win!

Vickie said...

I am a follower!

Frances said...

I have never completed a quilt but I think I will be a non washer!! Thanks

Becky said...

I'm a non-washer for quilting. But I always pre wash for clothing! ;)

Frances said...

I am a follower now!

Monica@DailyDwelling said...

I wash if the instructions say to do so...I'm a rule follower :). But after reading this, maybe I'll be more of a rebel.

amummy said...

Depends where my fabric is from, if I bought it 2nd hand from an Op-Shop or Garage sale, it is washed.
Otherwise I don't tend to wash, I did at one stage so some of my stash is unwashed and other parts are washed.

amummy said...

I have also become a follower.

Brita said...

I do not pre-wash most fabrics, except, as you said on the blog, when it's deep dark colors or hand-dyes. Interesting blog, made me re-think this washing thing. Maybe I'll just buy pre-cuts so I can't pre-wash -- yeah, that's it!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I do not wash but I have to be honest it comes from nothing more than sheer laziness. I have never had a problem though. The idea of washing and pressing all my fabric seems like another chore. UGH

Quilter in the Gap said...

I am a new follower

nubik said...

Beautiful fabrics!!! I'd love to have them :)

and I don't wash fabrics before use, I do it in the end ;)

nubik said...

and I am a new follower :))

Gypsy Thread said...

I'm always looking for new opinions and reasons why to wash/not wash fabrics. Thank you.
I work with lots of vintage finds and therefore MUST wash, but for smell and uckiness reasons. (Posted a blog entry about this not too long ago.) For new fabrics, especially chiffons and other delicates, I usually do not wash prior to sewing. My only big exception is for clothing. I ALWAYS wash pre-wash fabric if I'm making clothes with it, for shrinkage issues.
~ Carey

Gypsy Thread said...

And now I'm a new follower of your blog! :)

Kiera said...

I don't wash the fabric first.

Kiera said...

I'm now a follower!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I don't wash fabric unless it is really dark...I sell my quilts;want them to look new; so, I do tell them to wash them first...

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I am signing up now to follow your blog....thank you for the chance

Joy said...

I wash, because my mom always did... maybe its not worth it :)

Ellyn said...

I enjoyed your post, great tips. I also prefer to work with fabric before it is washed for the most part. If I am making a garment I do tend to prewash in case of shrinkage.

Joy said...

Brand New Follower via Google Reader!

Ellyn said...

and, I just clicked follow on your blog! Fun to have a new blog to follow, thanks

Vickie said...

I came back. I joined. I now follow. hehehe!!

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