I just finished this custom quilt, and I put it in the wash today to get all crinkly. A few months ago, someone asked in the Austin MQG facebook group if people wash the quilts they make before giving them as gifts. Here are photos of this quilt before and after laundering:
2. The whole texture of the quilt changes. I love quilts in their pre-washed and post-washed states. They're so flat and smooth before they're washed, and you can really appreciate the quilting. It can't last, though. The quilt will have to be washed sooner or later, so I just get it over with. I wouldn't want the recipient to fall in love with the pre-washed texture then feel differently about the quilt when it's washed.
3. Last minute repairs. Heaven forbid a seam shouldn't hold up or the binding didn't catch all the way around. Yikes. If anything does go wrong during that first laundering, you can make repairs by hand before sending it on its way.
I'll do a proper finished quilt post about this guy tomorrow. In the meantime, I'd love to know what ya'll think about washing quilts before you give them away :-)