On my design wall…

…are this fun and easy blocks
made from these strip sets

 fabric by Moda: Hunky Dory Jelly Roll

Check out this tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Co.
… you may want to make one two!
I have a little question….
Do you wash your fabric before making a quilt?
If so, why? and…
do you use a special soap/detergent?
I would love to hear from you!!!

13 thoughts on “On my design wall…

  1. Lesley says:

    Love your little blocks…will check out the tutorial. I don't wash my fabrics…love using it as is. When I started quilting years ago, I washed all the fabrics. Now I tend to purchase fat quarters and love the 'new fabric!' touch.

  2. Needled Mom says:

    I love those fabrics. It will make such a cheery quilt. I would abviously not wash precut fabrics, but I do like to wash my yardage before sewing it. Perhaps it comes from my background in clothing construction, but I find that washing it makes it easier to get a straight of grain cut. It also eliminates any unwanted running of colors.

  3. Apple Avenue Quilts says:

    I do wash my fabrics. My daughter who has studied industrial design warned me that some really harmful chemicals are used to process fabric and that when you press it unwashed you are breathing them. I just use my normal detergent and a color catcher if I'm worried about the color running. Your blocks are just too cute!

  4. Bobbie says:

    I dont wash my fabric- and if it has been washed I starch it. much easier to work with- and if using scraps – they are a pain when they come outta the washer! I love those blocks- is there tute for it?

  5. Carrie P. says:

    thanks for the link. I do like those blocks. Looks easy too.
    I do wash most of my fabrics when I get them home. Mostly yardage. I will was some small pieces of reds, blues, and purples. I have had them run and even using the color catcher sheets doesn't always work. I do a lot of applique and washed fabric is nicer to use.

  6. Christine M says:

    I use to always prewash my fabrics. They would sit in a pile waiting to be washed before being added to the stash. The last few months though I haven't worried except if they are red!

  7. Linda says:

    Sure do! I always prewashed fabrics. They don't even go into my sewing room until they've been washed. I learned my lesson the hard way – twice! On two different quilts, one time with red prints and another time with blue prints, the colors ran when the finished quilt was washed. After having spent dozens of hours making a quilt, it's crushing – how about shrieks and tears?! – to see a quilt ruined. Though I wash fabrics in the washing machine like I wash clothes, whenever I make a quilt that has either a red or blue in it, I ALSO wash those colors in the bathtub. I put salt in the tub water, slosh everything around and let the fabrics soak. I'm always amazed at how the water turns to pink, or light blue, depending on the print color. Err on the side of caution I say.

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