How important is pre-washing fabrics?
Some of the responses to Kate's QOTD about storage got me thinking. Sometimes for the quilts I have been making, I purchase only very small 1/4 yard pieces or even less. Washing these makes a terrible mess. And if I can't wash the small pieces, then I don't wash the larger ones that will be used in the same quilt. I purchase fabric only from quality quilt shops. Am I making a mistake? So far, I've not had any problem with colors running, and the amount of shrinkage has not been a problem.
One more question... If you buy a hand-dyed fabric, can you assume that it has been pre-shrunk in the dyeing process? I suppose with hand-dyed fabrics, the problem is that the dye might run.
And finally, if I ever make a scrap quilt using unwashed and pre-washed pieces, will I have problems?
Thanks for your help. Lois