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Thread: Jelly Rolls and Pre-washed fabric

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    Senior Member Tilladare's Avatar
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    I am about to embark on my first foray into pre-cut fabrics. The pattern I am wanting to use calls for a jelly roll, a layer cake, and 3 yards off the bolt fabric.
    Normally, I always pre-wash my fabrics for shrinkage and bleeding issues.
    This brings me to a dilemma... Do I pre-wash the yardage as usual? Will I then face shrinkage in parts, but not all of my quilt?
    If I don't pre-wash the yardage, will it shrink at a consistent rate with the pre-cuts?
    Am I just over-agonizing on this?

    Thanks for any advice, anecdotes, or just silly comments you may want to contribute.
    Sorcha

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    Unless it's supposed to be an heirloom quilt or going into a show I wouldn't worry about it.

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    Hi Sorcha, I like to wash jelly rolls in a mesh bag so they don't ravel a lot and twist. I also wash yardage and do them the same way I would wash a finished quilt- warm-cool wash, low dry. Hope this helps!!
    By the way- those cuts are so much fun to work with. Have fun!!! :D

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    In this case, I wouldn't wash any of them....

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    Ok... I just figured out jelly rolls.. what is a layer cake?

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    I don't wash and have no problems :!: :-D 8-)

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    a layer cake is 10" squares, a charm pack, 5" squares, a jelly roll, 2 1/2" long strips, a honey bun, 1 1/2" strips. f8th, 11"x18" ; fq 18"x22", water color squares= 2" squares.
    hope this helps


    Quote Originally Posted by scoobertina
    Ok... I just figured out jelly rolls.. what is a layer cake?

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    I either wash them all or none :D:D:D

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    I wouldn't (and don't) wash any pre-cuts. I also don't wash any fabric that I will be using with them (if I plan ahead). I have project ready to go that I purchased 2 jelly rolls and the fabric to go with it, and won't be pre washing any of it. I will wash the finished quilt before I gift it.

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    I wouldn't wash any of it. If the jelly roll fabrics shrink you'll have less than your 2.5 inch width.

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    I wouldn't wash any of them. Wash the quilt when it is done with color catcher sheets.

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    Thank you everyone for your excellent advice... Got brave and did all my cutting and assembled 48 flying geese tonight. Will hopefully finish piecing tomorrow. Considering the amount of fuzz/bits falling out of the jelly roll pieces I think if i had washed them, I would have no fabric left.
    Thanks again,
    Sorcha

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