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    Shrinking fabric

    I decided to wash my layer cake and charm pack fabric because there was a lot of bright reds. I was worried about the color running on to the white that was beside it..I hand washed, air dried. Both squares changed in size. Now I have to cut them all down so they are perfect squares again. Any way to avoid this problem. I know some say never wash precuts, but the RED had me worried.

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    Don't cut the ones you didn't wash, because they will shrink later. Not a good idea to pre-wash just part of the fabric for a quilt.

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      #3
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      I forgot to say that I went ahead and washed all fabric.

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        #4
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        Did you press them? Maybe that would help.

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          #5
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          I never wash precuts. I just make the quilt and then run it through the wash using color catchers when I'm done. If it's big, I sometimes use 2-3 color catchers. I think the only thing you can do now is to iron them and then cut them all down to the smallest block - 4.5" or whatever it happens to be.
          Cindy

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            #6
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            Most of the fabrics today are color fast. Pre-cuts should not be washed. I don't pre-wash any of my fabrics. I've not had any problems.

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              #7
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              I don't think I have prewashed anything in the past 20 years. No problems either.

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                #8
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                The cheaper the fabric, the more it will shrink.
                All fabric should be washed before using in a quilt.
                Fabrics will have excess dye and some shrinkage.
                I never buy pre cuts because they can't be washed
                correctly.

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                  #9
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                  20 years ago, that was true. Not so much any more, except with cheap fabrics and batiks. And why would you go to all the work of making a quilt and use cheap fabrics?

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                    #10
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                    Amen Sister! Sometimes I cringe at the cost of the fabric I'm using in my quilts…but then I remind myself, if I'm going to put all those hours into making it…and I want it to be an heirloom, I'm not going to use cheap fabric. It is worth the extra $$ up front…in my humble opinion.

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