Okay…Maybe that’s a bit dramatic.
Everywhere I’ve looked for information on whether to pre-wash fabric for quilting said the same thing. ”If you don’t wash the fabric, you run the risk of having it bleed or shrink when the quilt gets washed. It probably won’t happen, but it could, and if it does, it will be a disaster.” Nobody says “you must” or “no, don’t do it.” This, is not what a craft virgin wants to hear. Ultimately, I decided I should probably not take that risk, since I absolutely adore this fabric.
So I washed the fabric last night, hoping to get started on cutting for the blocks right away. After I ironed the fabric, I realized that now it’s crooked. I’m sure it’s normal, but I’m totally paralyzed, because I’m afraid to cut it now that it’s crooked. I’ve called the technical expert (I literally would not have had a wedding if it wasn’t for her execution of my crazy ideas), and she’s going to come to the Glade on Wednesday to talk me off the ledge. In the interim, I’ve ironed the heck out of the washed fabric, and I have them hanging on a clothes rack.
This sort of thing is, historically speaking, the exact reason that I never finish things. I am so afraid that it won’t turn out perfect, that instead of accepting it as a good try, I just don’t finish the project. I really want to overcome that behavior, and that’s why I’m calling in the expert immediately. If she can diagnose and help me work around the crooked fabric, then I can at least make it to my first botched rotary cut ;o)
I’ll have more quilt news when the expert comes on Wednesday.
I’ve got a few other projects to get started on while the quilt progresses, so I’ll have more news shortly.