Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Recently I purchased material for two charm square swaps. I don't know what I was thinking!!! I came home from the fabric shop, cut out my squares and went right to the post office and mailed them out. Now I always wash my fabric before I use it but I was so excited about participating in the fabric swap I just did not think about it. The squares I had left I threw in the machine with some other fabric I had purchased. When I was ironing the fabric I noticed that the charm squares were a problem. One of the batiks raveled, and one of the other colors shrank. What was a 5" square became a 4" X 5" square after it was washed and dried. Needless to say I was horrified. I had no idea that this would happen. Not only am I concerned about the recipients of my squares, but I have 40 squares coming that I won't be able to wash and dry. Has anyone else experienced this? I am always concerned about fabrics bleeding into the other colors which is why I prewash all of my fabric. I feel so bad about this. I would appreciate some feed back about this. The concerned Antique Quilter signing off.