Back to the pre-washing. The "good" fabric is the stuff you get in quilt shops or online quilty stores. I bought a bunch of pre-cut squares a few years ago from a quilt shop and made a quilt that had some serious issues with colors bleeding the first time it went into a cold water wash. I managed to get most of the mess out, but swore there would be no more unwashed fabric.
HOWEVER, there was an ongoing argument in a online class recently about whether or not to prewash . With so many people saying they don't prewash and so many places selling the charm packs, jelly rolls, etc., I decided to try again. I bought a few packs of Barbara Brackman's Robert Morris squares and some matching Bella yardage to make a special quilt.
I cut and pieced the squares and started embroidering the solid squares. While ironing out the folds in the solid fabric, though, I noticed that spots were developing in some areas where I sprayed water, kinda like sizing was puddling. I didn't want to start washing some of the fabric since I hadn't done the other, but after the third square, I knew I needed to get whatever was creating the spots out. This is the fabric prior to washing.
This is after washing in cold water and drying on a low setting.
Steam from the Rowenta was not sufficient to get out the wrinkles. I had to get it soaking wet with spray to iron it out. The 44-45" wide fabric was down to 42 inches after ironing, too. I've had fabric from Joann's that didn't wrinkle this much that was half the price before using a coupon.
So now, I have the Morris fabric squares and 3 embroidered squares-- that each took over an hour and a half to complete-- on unwashed fabric. The rest will be preshrunk. This was going to be a really special quilt--lots of time into the embroidery. I fear what this thing is going to look like after it is washed! Never, never, never will I use unwashed fabric again.
Anyway, I do love these embroidery designs. They are perfect for my bibliophile son. The stitching is very dense--like patches really. (I think there is a way to cut back on the density with Embird, but I have no idea how.) They'd be perfect on tan denim. I may make some library bags for my book club. Check the designs out here at the Embroidery Library if you have a book lover. The packages start at the third one down. There are two separate packs in two different sizes or you can buy them individually. I waited for one of their dollar sales and bought them individually. There are 13 in all. Twain, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald, Margaret Mitchell, Dickens, Austen, Lewis Carroll, Tolkien, Arthur Conan Doyle, and those below.
Emerson's quote would be fitting for any good friend. I love that one--so true!
Oh yes, I vote for washing the *#@%* fabric.