When it comes to "Quilting Rules" it's trendy to say that there are no rules, or that the "quilt police" are out of fashion. But still, secretly (?) some of us stick to certain ways of doing things and passionately defend our positions when questioned. For me, prewashing fabrics has become a sticking point..
Some people might think I'm crazy for prewashing because I wash all my fabric, jelly rolls and layer cakes included. I even wash gifted scraps, but I wasn't always so cautious.
This weekend we drove up to Boston to visit friends, and I got to visit two of my quilts as well. I made this one for Ayane before she was born (backstory here) and I have always loved it, so imagine my surprise when I spread it out and saw this:
Two of the blue fabrics I had used had bled. They were gifted or scavanged scraps and I think they were hand dyed (possibly by whoever I got them from). Back then I didn't have a washing machine at home and didn't prewash. I took my chances, and look what happened.
Of course the quilt is still beautiful and definitely still functional, but I wish I had been more careful and it would still be perfect.
So just a reminder. Please learn from my mistake.