Whales live in water, but they’re not fish, so can’t breathe underwater, but come up to the surface to take their breaths. Whales eat smaller fish, but don’t have teeth to chew, so just simply swallow their food whole.
W is also for Washing To wash or not to wash, that is the question. When I bring home quilt fabrics, I always wash, machine dry and press them before I put them away. This way, I know that whatever their shrinkage may be, it’s already done. But that’s just my preference. One person I know washes, but just folds and puts the fabric away, and then only presses as much as she’s going to use when she pulls it out for a quilt. Again, the shrinkage is done. I just can’t put the fabric away unpressed, some of it is so wrinkled that it would take ages to press that all out after it’s sat on the shelf for a time in that state.
There are others who only wash the fabric when they’re ready to use it. That’s worth considering, but then I think I’d have to divide my stash into washed and unwashed piles because sure as shootin’ I’d want to use some washed and some not in a future project.
And then there are those who don’t wash prior to cutting and sewing, but wash the quilt after it’s all done. Their reasoning is that the sizing in the fabric helps to keep it stable while cutting. For that, I use pressing spray, especially when cutting on the diagonal.
And consideration needs to be given to whether or not to wash the batting. Most batting has minimal shrinkage, but if the fabric is washed and the batting not, there will be some – which, in my opinion gives the quilt that nice ‘used, loved’ look, so I don’t pre-wash batting.
So there you have it – each person has to decide for her/himself, and maybe this discussion will help you.
Happy washed fabric! Blessings, Peg