I have alway prewashed my fabric. I enjoy and like the cleaness of it. I use best press on yardage and spray starch on strips and blocks and bricks. So I get the wonderful fresh aroma of best press when I re-iron the smaller pieces.
Today I washed several packs of charms and two of candy bars. Of course they were the right size to begin with. 5 x 5 and 2 1/2 by 5. Not now! I'll have to recut them to a smaller size. They might make it to 4 x 4 and 2 x 5. So much for the quilt I had planned and also the labor saved. I am really disappointed, mostly because of the time. I can still use them in a different pattern, which is good, but not the one I had planned. So not all is in vain. But I now need chocolate. Lots of chocolate!!