Friday, January 25, 2013

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {week 4}

How are your baby quilts coming along? I took all of the bright squares that were left after I sorted out the florals to make Sara and made Steve. Now I need to get moving and cut a bunch more squares for the next one.
I've got a giveaway for you this week! The nice folks at Purex Insiders sent me a bottle of Purex Baby to try out, along with some coupons to pass along to my readers.  
I always wash my baby quilts before donating them or giving them to friends and family. I assume that they'll be washed again before they come into contact with baby, but I want to make sure they're as clean as they can be before leaving my house.
Because I've got a history of awful skin problems, our usual detergent is pretty gentle. I'm very picky about what I wash my own clothes in, let alone the baby quilts. Purex baby is is hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested and formulated to be extra gentle on baby's skin. Which I assume means it's safe for me, too!  It has a light, pleasant scent. And it's designed to work in HE machines as well as my beloved old top-loader.

Do you wash your baby quilts before sending them off? What other steps do you go through -- checking for loose threads? Stray pins? A cheerio that accidentally got quilted between the fabric and batting? (Yes, that actually did happen at my house, to a baby quilt I was making for my sister's newborn. I cut through the top layer to get it out, then appliqued a heart over the hole.)

Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules:

I don't want to overwhelm everyone with a huge list of rules, but I do want this linky party to stay on the topic of baby quilts. They can be for donation, or for your own baby, or just because you think they're cute and want them in your sewing room, but they've got to be baby quilts. Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned, but it's got to be about baby quilts. While we're still gathering steam, you're welcome to link to baby quilt related posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.

I'll give two coupons to quilters who link up their baby quilts, and one to a commenter. And if you're in a contest-entering mood, Purex is holding a sweepstakes with three $500 winners and free baby detergent to 250 winners.


Sandy said...

I would love to give Purex Baby a try :)

Lori said...

This Purex sounds wonderful for those of us who has "issues".

Mareenchen said...

I don't need a coupon, being international, but just wanted to say that I, too, always wash my baby quilts with an extra mild detergent before I give them away. Good to know they're ready to use and safe to use. :)

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I wash mine to get rid of the basting spray I use. My count for the year is up to 3~

Ranch Wife said...

I'm working on my first baby quilt of the year so I look forward to sharing it next week and linking up. I ought to pick up some Purex. To be honest, I never thought about it. We've never had any problems so I just wash everything in our regular laundry detergent.


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