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Colorado Deb
« on: July 02, 2008 02:05:35 PM »

I have been quilting since 1986, and I have always pre-washed all my fabrics.  I started a quilt made from a jelly roll of fabric and it is driving me crazy!  I have so much lint building up it is setting off the sensors in my machine, the raveling is everywhere and this stuff is slippery too.  So, no more jelly rolls no matter how pretty they are. 
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2008 04:52:29 PM »

Excuse my stupidity, but what's a jelly roll of fabric?
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Colorado Deb
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2008 06:38:30 PM »

A jelly roll is a rolled up group of fabrics.  They are cut 2 and a half inches wide by the width, then rolled up length wise.  From the top they kinda look like a cinnamon roll or a jelly roll Smiley
It's a great way to get 'one of each' in a line of fabrics or an assortment for a scrappy look.  But, what I am seeing as a big downside is that you can't wash the strips without them shredding and they aren't always cut on the grain line. 

I did find a super pattern for using the strips up but not sure that I'd buy and more. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2008 03:38:09 AM »

I've actually never pre-washed any of my fabrics because I prefer the look after I wash it! Smiley I've never really had a problem with too much lint build up..hmm...
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2008 12:10:54 PM »

I think everybody just gets used to their own quirks and thinks that that's the way it's supposed to be. I never prewash myself, as the machines in our building are *stupid* expensive, and handwashing is just a pain, and I've never noticed any lint buildup, but I've never really known any different either.
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2008 08:26:16 AM »

  So, no more jelly rolls no matter how pretty they are. 
I also belong to the always wash everything first club, but I also love charm packs and jelly rolls.  Solution?  I have been experimenting with a) handwashing the charms/strips; and b)not washing the charms/strips, and seeing what happens.
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2008 12:29:49 PM »

  So, no more jelly rolls no matter how pretty they are. 
I also belong to the always wash everything first club, but I also love charm packs and jelly rolls.  Solution?  I have been experimenting with a) handwashing the charms/strips; and b)not washing the charms/strips, and seeing what happens.

So how much of a pain in tha bum is handwashing all those strips??? 
I am about half way through this quilt and I def have lots of lint and the dang strips are shedding too.  I think I am missing the 'grip' that comes with washing as well.  And.... I know I said no more but I could not resist their evil lure at the fabric store. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2008 03:26:31 PM »

Most of the lint I find is from crappy thread!  Not until I started quilting a lot, did I notice the lint.  URGH!  Slowly replacing cheap thread with more high quality thread. . . .

Jelly Rolls & Charm Packs are so much fun... I hate to see you miss out!
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2008 12:09:21 PM »

So how much of a pain in tha bum is handwashing all those strips???   
If you find handwashing theraputic (warm, clean water on the hands can be relaxing!), then hand washing isn't a big deal, but I find it just takes  patience.  I dry the jelly roll strips on a sweater rack in the bath tub, but I dry my charms on a couple of bath towels.  I hand wash a lot of my fabrics, as I mostly make scrap quilts (I only buy 1/4 yards at a time, usually).
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2008 01:35:52 PM »

What about washing the strips in a pillowcase or zippered sock bag, on the delicate cycle?  That might help contain fraying/raveling.
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