Ok, first let me say, I'm not big on washing my fabric before I quilt it. Unless it's say, bright spanking red and I have white going into it. That said I'm trying to make my husband an autograph quilt for his retirement from the military. I plan to mail a few small squares out to people who are not local first, collect them all, put the quilt together, and pass it around locally.
I've found a really nice muslin to use and was wondering if I should wash it before I cut out the squares to mail. Remember how I said I'm not big on washing fabric before. My main concern would be anything in the fabric that would make a sharpie bleed or would wash the ink out. I plan on asking everyone to use a permenent pen. If neither of these would be an issue, can I just cut and mail? I don't intend to wash it until after everyone has signed, just because of where it's going to end up and how many people would end up handling it, it would need the wash.
Let me know. Thanks