The debate about pre-washing quilt fabric rages on in the blogosphere and I’m sure most of us will hold on to whatever we believe to be correct. We’re people, and that’s what people do.
This post provides evidence for what I believe to be correct. How can you go wrong with an evidence-based approach?
The batik strips in the photo below are some of the more intensely coloured strips from the Robert Kaufman Artisan Batiks Spring Garden Roll-up (aka jelly roll, but I’m guessing Moda holds the copyright on that term so no other manufacturer can use it.) See the water in the basin? It’s blue tinged. The photo doesn’t show it as clearly as I would like but take it from me, that water is BLUE. Sufficient evidence for me to keep pre-washing.
My observation is that water temperature makes a bigger difference on colour runs than the absence or presence of laundry soap (I used Sard laundry soap) but I didn’t do a controlled study so I guess I’ll have to claim that as anecdotal. For the record, in this photo the water was as warm as I could stand with bare hands.
I don’t know how the recipient will launder the quilt so my theory is I will minimise the risk of colour runs by pre-washing.
I don’t starch. Never will. I try to avoid heavily scented cleaning products and spray starch falls into that category most times, I find. Strong floral scents can be aggravating, especially at this time of year when half the population is suffering pollen allergies. Many of us get a bit sneezy at this time of year when the north winds blow pollens down from the desert.