Bundle of the Week

We’ve got a super sweet bundle on sale this week. Tiger Lily by talented illustrator Heather Ross is exploding with cuteness! The cats! The flowers! The ballerinas! Too cute to be true!

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We think this bundle would make a great XOXO Quilt from Green Bee

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Get this bundle for 20% off until January 11th

Bundle of the Week

This week we have a cute stitchy themed bundle on sale: Snippits by Sarah Fielke for Windham Fabrics.

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This bundle would make an awesome Sew Together Bag or Social Tote

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Get this bundle for only $10!!! But only until June 16th 😉

Shrink Test

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To pre-wash or not to pre-wash? That is totes the question today! Do you do it?? Personally, I so rarely pre-wash, especially if I’m making a quilt (shhh, don’t tell, sometimes even with a garment). Pre-washing adds in a lot of steps to a project and if I am feeling inspired to make something I want to do it NOW. I know some people always pre-wash, it’s like second nature to them. As soon as their fabric comes home it goes straight into the wash. This got me curious about how much I’m really risking in my act of defiance/laziness. How much is my fabric really going to shrink? So I took a swatch from each of the fabric manufactures we carry at the shop and gave ’em a whirl in the washer. The results were kind of shocking and not all results were the same.

I started with a 6 1/2 inch square of fabric and I did my best to keep everything on grain. All of the fabrics chosen are woven, quilting weight, cotton. They all went into my washing machine on cold and tumble dried low. I used a gentle detergent because, well, my skin is sensitive like that.  After the wash and dry I pressed each square very lightly just to get them flat again but not overly pressing out of shape. I’m super happy to report none of the swatches had any noticeable fading! I threw a color catcher in, just in case, since I had quite an assortment of colors, and it came out perfectly clean. Yay, no bleeding! The results of shrinking and fraying were all over the map though. There are some clear winners amongst the group!

agf

Fabric Used: AGF – Pure Elements – Empire Yellow
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/8 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal

 

andover

Fabric Used: Andover – Alison Glass – Sun Print Text – Ocean
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal

 

birch

Fabric Used: Birch Organics – Charley Harper – Nurture – Koala 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: less than 1/8 inch 
Fray Amount: Small amount but enough to have to trim

 

cloud 9

Fabric Used: Cloud 9 Organics – Rae Hoekstra – Lotus Pond – Diamonds Are Forever – Green 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 3/8 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal

 

dear stella

Fabric Used: Dear Stella – Nutmeg – Rakes – Cream 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Fray Amount: Lots of fraying along the crossgrain

 

fs-w

Fabric Used: Westminster/Free Spirit – Anna Maria Horner – Honor Roll – Overachiever – Burgundy 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/2 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 3/8= – 1/2 inch
Fray Amount: Tons along the crossgrain. About 1/2 more needs to be trimmed to get rid of all the fraying

 

mm

Fabric Used: Michael Miller – Cotton Couture Solids – Turf
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: none
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal

 

moda

Fabric Used: Moda – Sweetwater – Feed Company – Vanilla Navy
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 3/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/2 inch
Fray Amount: Minimal along grainline but lots along crossgrain

 

rk

Fabric Used: Robert Kaufman – Kona Cotton – Honeysuckle 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: not even 1/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Fray Amount: Almost none

 

timeless

Fabric Used: Timeless Treasures – Adult Novelty – Wolf – Mustard
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/2 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal but shrank kind of wonky and uneven

 

windham

Fabric Used: Windham Fabrics – Heather Ross – Far Far Away – Unicorns – Green 
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/2 inch
Fray Amount: No fraying along the grainline only the crossgrain

 

cands

Fabric Used: Cotton & Steel – Rashida Coleman-Hale – Mochi – Moon Bunnies – Navy
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 3/8 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Fray Amount: Small bit of fraying 

 

alexanderhenry

Fabric Used: Alexander Henry – Heath – Eggplant
Grainline (Warp) Shrink: 1/4 inch
Crossgrain (Weft) Shrink: 3/8 inch
Fray Amount: Very minimal

 

Although I’ve never had an issue with a quilt shrinking unevenly after it’s all made up, this little test may have converted me into being a pre-washer! What about you? Do you pre-wash? Has this post changed your mind one way or the other? I’d love to hear your thoughts!