A few years ago a friend purchased a BOM and never did get to do it. Her husband gifted it to me after she passed and I started with block #1 as a UFO project - read all the instructions - matched all the colors onto the chart. 13 BOM each it its little bag. Put together the first block, love it. The first block contained all the triangle and sashing material and like a good quilter I cut all of them out.
Yesterday I opened the second bag - much to my surprise there was a note in it that said "fabric should be prewashed before using to control shrinkage and bleed!!!! Well - here I am with 78 triangles and lots of sashing and one block finished unwashed! What am I to do? Yesterday I hand washed the finished block in Dawn dish detergent in my bathroom sink, patted it dry and hung it on the shower rod. Then I hand washed all those blasted little triangles and sashing, blotted them dry and hung them too. Then I washed Month 2 by hand. This morning I checked and measured the fabric and block - SURPRISE!! The block didn't shrink at all - colors didn't bleed in the block. I think good quality fabric years ago didn't bleed or shrink as much as today. This kit was purchased from Keepsake Quilting in NH - I am pleasantly surprised with the results!!! Only issue is I have to iron the blasted thing again - my nemisis "the iron".