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    Old 08-14-2015, 09:43 AM
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    Default Mixing washed fabrics with unwashed charm packs--work?

    Cold water wash--with a color catcher sheet... but does the shrinking issue come into play?
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    Old 08-14-2015, 10:51 AM
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    I would still wash with warm or hot then hot dryer. I would put the charm packs into a lingerie bag. If you don't have a lingerie/mesh bag use pillow case.
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    Old 08-14-2015, 11:33 AM
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    I have used washed and unwashed fabrics, and have never had a problem with uneven shrinkage. Although I think it is best to use all one or the other, it just doesn't seem to work out that way for me many times, guess I am lazy. But I NEVER prewash precuts like charms or jelly rolls, and if I want to use them with other pre washed yardage from my stash, I do so.
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    Old 08-14-2015, 12:48 PM
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    If you wash charm packs, expect the squares to shrink and not be square.
    I'm with Jeanne, I don't wash precuts...too much work.
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    Old 08-14-2015, 12:55 PM
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    If you are worried about colors running, I'd hand wash them by separating them by color and then check for colors running. Then you could dry them by laying flat on a towel or two.
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    Old 08-14-2015, 01:00 PM
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    I mix washed/ unwashed fabrics in the same quilt all the time. I've never had any type of negative issue. I prewash fabrics that might bleed ( deeply saturated hand dyes) or if the fabric smells or feels funky. If none of those circumstances are at play I generally don't prewash. I make a Lot of quilts! I've never had something go wrong due to this practice. And, I Never prewash precuts
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    Old 08-14-2015, 01:20 PM
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    Oh trust me--I will never wash a precut. I recently bought several Charms from Green Fairy for bags, but there's one line I'd love to make a quilt out of--so I bought some yardage. I'm not washing it--since the Charms aren't washed, but the solid I will use to accent is washed. And with the bags--I often add a washed piece from stash for the inside or bottom--the rest is Charms. And the Charms I don't use for bags will go in Tummy Time Chunk quilts--all the rest is washed scraps. So---I went ahead and mixed them--didn't think it could be a huge issue. I don't buy/use Charms that are bold colors. Thanks for the good news. :-)
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    Old 08-14-2015, 02:32 PM
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    If you wash your charms, they won't be exactly 5" squares.
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