Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I washed about 50 batik fat quarters for a project I'm working on for the shop so they could be set with Retayne. Since I typically don't wash fabric before I make the quilt I guess I was surprised that the batiks raveled. I've always been told that they don't ravel! Ughhh!! This is just what I pulled off as I moved them from the washer to the dryer. I don't even want to see how they come out of the dryer. I'm a little frightened!!



Karen said...

I have read that if you snip the corners off fat quarters before washing, they don't ravel as much. I have tried it, and some fabrics raveled less than others.

I have about a dozen lingerie bags and I put 2 fat quarters in each. This helps a lot in that they don't all get tangled with each other.

I can't wait to see what will become of these batiks!

Winona said...

Goodness that is a lot of raveling. I hope your fat quarters are big enough when they are dry. I don't usually wash fabric before making a quilt either. I like working with that new fabric feel. Have a good holiday weekend. Winona

Shogun said...

I wash all of my fabrics before sewing/quilting. I have been surprised to find which fabrics get those strings and which ones don't. Sometimes I get lots of tangled strings, sometimes nothing. I have found it helpful to shorten the agitation and spinning stages. I have also used a small lingerie bag. If I have smaller pieces, like fat eights or fat quarters, I only put up to 10 pieces in each wash cycle, never more than that.

Once the fabric pieces are cut loose from each other - The dryer is not a problem, only the washer. Things don't unravel in the dryer, and I usually throw in a towel or something to help them dry better.

Shogun said...

Oh yeah - I also steam or press the fabrics after washing/drying and they have that new fabric feel. Very crisp and wonderful. I have placed those string bits out in the bushes and birds use them for their nests. Kinda silly, I know, but seems like a same to waste the threads.

Moneik said...

I hate the raveling part of washing too.