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Thread: Question about jelly rolls and charm squares

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    I got my first jelly roll in the mail and I'm wondering... do you actually wash all those strips and iron them? What about charm squares? I would be concerned that they wouldn't be nice and square anymore, with or without ironing.

    I am planning two quilts with these cuts and I am of a mind to not pre-wash.

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    I haven't bought jellies (yet!) but i don't wash charm squares - would be afraid they'd dissappear!

    If you were worried about shrinkage or running dyes, I guess you could stick 'em in hot water and swish 'em around a bit!

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    I wouldn't wash the jelly rolls unless you want a mess.

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    I have used both.. and never washed them first. I agree with Terri they would end up in a big ball of mess :lol:

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    I don't wash them and I've had good luck with them. I actually don't wash any fabric before I use it unless it feels really stiff.

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    Take a tiny piece from each jelly roll and put it in hot water then pat dry with a white piece of cotton fabric. If it will bleed you'll see it. If you are worried about shrinkage, steam iron the strips, that will shrink it. I've never had a problem with the name brand fabric jelly rolls bleeding but it pays to be sure. :D

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    Thank you, ladies. I am glad to hear that you don't wash them. I had visions of all those strips being wrapped around each other like a couple of pairs of nylons thrown in the washer and dryer.

    The jelly and the charms are both Moda so I trust they will be ok and I'm not worried about bleeding.

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    If you do get bleeding in a quilt what about washing it with Oxyclean? That commercial where it shows blue dye disappearing? Or is there another product that would remove it?

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    I washed one set of charm squares and quickly regretted it.

    They had shrunk almost 1/2 inch and I could no longer
    use them for the planned project. I don't think I would wash......

    I haven't had any experience with jelly rolls----YET!

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    I remember someone on here quite a while back that washed her jelly rolls. .....came out a HUGE mess. I would imagine so!

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