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    Duh! Did you ever do this???

    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".
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I love keepsake quilting!! They were my best friend when I started quilting because they sold medleys not by brand but by colors or theme before I knew how to pick them out I bought alot of medleys from them. Great store! Good luck on your project your better then me I'm to impatient to prewash when I get started and they put those papers in all their fabric orders!
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    You have more patience than I do. I think I would have proceeded and washed the finished quilt in Retayne. I've never done a BOM - I frequently make cutting errors and I'm always afraid I'll run out of some of the fabric.

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    That would have been the instructions that would have been ignored by me. I hate washing fabric beforing cutting; I have done it, but still hate it.
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    My new favorite "tool" when you finish the quilt, wash it along with a shout color catcher and anything that may bleed will be caught in the little color catcher. I use them all the time.
    Michelle

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    i'm with the ones who would wait and carefully wash at the end. but, i'd probably color test a piece or two up front.
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    I'm with you I would have cussed up a blue streak washing all those "blasted" triangles...

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    You are such a good girl. I would have gone ahead and sewn it all together, washed it with a color catcher and called it a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen's Kreations View Post
    You have more patience than I do. I think I would have proceeded and washed the finished quilt in Retayne. I've never done a BOM - I frequently make cutting errors and I'm always afraid I'll run out of some of the fabric.
    Don't wash your finished quilt in Retayne. It sets the dye. Use Synthrapol on a finished quilt, and/or color catchers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    You are such a good girl. I would have gone ahead and sewn it all together, washed it with a color catcher and called it a day.
    Oh yeah! I'd have read those instructions, put my thumb on the underside of my nose, flicked it upward, and gone right ahead and sewn them all together unwashed, LOL!

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    I love fabric from Keepsake Quilting. I just had a order come in last week. I ordered the Yo Gabba Gabba fabric for a quilt for my DGD. It was full of bright colors that I washed it with a color catcher right away, and was so happy when the color catcher came out as white as when it went in. No running or bleeding at all.

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    I do a BOM at my LQS almost every year. Find it's a good skill builder regardless of how much sewing experience I have. I'm also a dedicated pre-washer. All that said, a with BOM when I'm getting cut pieces to sub-cut, I don't prewash. Especially if it's high quality fabrics. They typically don't run (unless it's a batik and then it's a crapshoot) and the shrinkage is generally minimal. Plus I like the 'crinkled' look after washing after being quilting. You are a better woman than me - I wouldn't have bothered. But good on you to finish up a friend's project.

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    hoo ray for you i hate ironing too

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    When I began quilting in the late 80's I was taught how to check a fabric to see if it would bleed. Take a piece of white muslin and wet a small area of the fabric in question, rub/scrub the muslin over the wet area. IF you have color on the muslin take the fabric and wash/iron it.
    But another method that was taught in the early 90's was to steam press the fabric with a hot iron to set the color. The steam and heat represent washing and drying, and you should notice any shrinkage at that time. I still use this method.

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    I wouldn't have washed it; especially the little pieces! Now I'm wondering if after washing and pressing them, if you'll have to "square them up" again, or will they stay exactly the same size and shape?
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    I heard or read can't remember now where it was that you can wash small pieces of material in a salad spinner. I would think there would be less chance of stretching the small pieces this way.

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    I always wash fabrics, but Iam old school who used to always buy extra because it shrank and I used to make a lot of my clothing. These days it has carried over into the quilting, its my comfort thing. This way I now if it runs or shrinks it wont ruin the finished work. Small price to pay. Now my problem is 5 inch charms, I can't decide whether to wash or not!
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    I would have been more scared at ruining the triangles by messing with the bias than I would have any schrinkage of bleeding!!

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    you could always dump the pieces in a lingerie bag and wash with a color catcher or thumb your nose at it and worry later

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldquilter View Post
    My new favorite "tool" when you finish the quilt, wash it along with a shout color catcher and anything that may bleed will be caught in the little color catcher. I use them all the time.
    That's my method too. I pre-washed all my fabric when I first started quilting, but not any more unless it is red, navy blue or black. It is so much easier to cut when it still has the sizing in it. I know---you can spray starch it and press it before cutting, but that is too much work! LOL. I just use a lot of Shout color catchers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmquilter View Post
    When I began quilting in the late 80's I was taught how to check a fabric to see if it would bleed. Take a piece of white muslin and wet a small area of the fabric in question, rub/scrub the muslin over the wet area. IF you have color on the muslin take the fabric and wash/iron it.
    But another method that was taught in the early 90's was to steam press the fabric with a hot iron to set the color. The steam and heat represent washing and drying, and you should notice any shrinkage at that time. I still use this method.
    I could live with this method. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmquilter View Post
    When I began quilting in the late 80's I was taught how to check a fabric to see if it would bleed. Take a piece of white muslin and wet a small area of the fabric in question, rub/scrub the muslin over the wet area. IF you have color on the muslin take the fabric and wash/iron it.
    But another method that was taught in the early 90's was to steam press the fabric with a hot iron to set the color. The steam and heat represent washing and drying, and you should notice any shrinkage at that time. I still use this method.
    I could live with this method. LOL

    Sorry for the double post. Sometimes touch screens can be a pain!

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    I washed a bunch of pieces I had already cut for a mystery quilt, not because I was worried about them running -- I had washed the fabric prior to starting. I washed them because the smell of the starch I had used was driving me nuts, and I noticed how the same starch had stained white blocks gray.

    Anyhow.... it was horrid trying to straighten them and iron them when they came out of the dryer. I had used delicate wash and a linen bag. I pressed and put the whole works away for a while -- UFO stash.

    My point is I can understand the effort you've gone through. Let's hope it is all worth it!
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    The first quilt I made, I washed each fabric priior to cutting it because that is what all the instructions read. That was the first time and the last time. Now, I use spray sizing on each piece prior to cutting. I assemble, quilt and bind the quilt and when it is totally finished, I machine wash it. If there is any fabric that I think might bleed, I toss a color catcher sheet into the washer with the quilt. I have never had a problem.

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    I always wash my fabrics before cutting now. I was once making some doll clothes with unwashed fabric. Went to press pieces of red with steam and ended up with dark pink spots all over my ironing board cover. Then I had to wash it because I was afraid the color would get on other clothes/fabrics. Well, when I washed the ironing board cover it shrank and wouldn't fit on the ironing board anymore. So after all of that I don't take chances!

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