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« on: April 15, 2011 10:47:19 AM »

After searching the internet for information, I'm crawling back to my fellow Craftsters for advice...  Smiley

I've been given a large box full of Crown Royal bags with the request to make a blanket (or quilt). Nevermind that I've never made a quilt before- apparently my knowing how to operate a sewing machine was qualification enough. (Yikes!)

Before I start cutting I'd like to wash and iron the bags for easy handling, but I fear shrinkage and dye bleeds. Has anyone had experience with these things that you could share with me? I intend on sacrificing one bag to test-wash, I just havent had the time yet.  Sad

If nothing else I suppose I could email the company and beg for advice?

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2011 11:51:01 AM »

ahhh the purple and gold.

bags are made of flannel so there will be both shrinkage and dye bleed.  if you are cutting them to piece together i would suggest washing ALL of them (together) in hot. then you should have most of the dye out and all of the shrinkage done before you even begin... and that will make ironing, cutting and piecing go much easier.

i love crown quilts so i cant wait to see what you come up with!
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011 04:31:05 PM »

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was so afraid to proceed without some kind of advice... I'll do the hot wash first- would you recommend running them through the dryer, or air drying?

I'm keeping mine fairly simple (since I'm a bottom-rung newbie at the quilting thing  Smiley ). But I will post a photo when it's complete! Thanks again for your help.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2011 03:45:18 PM »

drying in the dryer will finish any shrinking the flannel may do.  but air drying wont hurt them either.  really,  other than the fuzz factor, flannel is easy to work with and hard to muck up...
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2011 07:11:18 AM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2011 01:06:52 PM »

Yeah totally do wash them before cutting in hot water with synthrapol. Treat them exactly the way you expect the person is going to treat the finished quilt, so no surprises occur after the fact.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2011 11:45:58 AM »

Sounds so interesting - please post a pic when you finish.  I've been told I may have to make one for my brother in law someday!
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2011 02:19:35 AM »

What are Crown Royal bags?
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2011 07:11:00 PM »

Crown royal is a particular type of alcohol - it's notable for having a pretty bottle which comes with a distinctive purple flannel bag.
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