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Topic: Paper piecing question: Ridiculous to give my quilt top a bath?  (Read 1158 times)
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« on: September 20, 2009 09:52:01 AM »

So I just finished my first paper pieced quilt top, a storm at sea pattern in blues and white. I've removed most of the larger pieces of paper backing (I used typing paper and dampening the paper helped a lot in getting it off), but there's still a good bit to finish picking off.

Would it be ridiculous to put the top in a bathtub filled with warm water, swirl it around a bit , and hope that that helps the remaining bits of paper break free?  Or would that be a really bad idea?  I wouldn't want to mess up the top at this point, but picking off the paper is getting tedious...

PS, Think a dollop of Mr. Bubble might help?  Wink
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009 10:48:46 AM »

I don't know about the soap, but what I do to paper backings is to take a spray bottle of water and just mist the paper until it's really soaked. You will, however, get a bunch of sticky paper everywhere, but it is BETTER than clogging up your bathtub or washing machine Smiley
« Last Edit: September 20, 2009 10:51:03 AM by anaximander » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2009 02:25:37 PM »

To get the extra little bits of paper off could you take a piece of tape wrap it around your fingers and touch the paper, then just lift it off?
I know its not the same but I had a quilt sand. sitting on my dresser forgot all about it, brought a new cat into the house and he decided that my quilt was going to be his new bed I didn't think nothing of it. It didn't even register to me that it was my quilt he was laying on! The quilt was RED and BLACK the cat, well he is white and buff(khaki) I wrapped masking tape around my hand and started touching the quilt it ALL came off within ten minutes! lol
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2009 12:10:36 AM »

Thanks for the suggestions!  I ended up getting out a spray bottle and a pair of old tweezers and spending an hour listening to the radio and picking out the remaining scraps. It made a mess, but at least I don't have to worry about my quilt making a crinkling noise from having left some paper in.  Smiley
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2009 04:25:17 AM »

Sometimes I put mine in the dryer on 'fluff'   and the little pieces of paper get caught in the lint trap!
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