You’ve probably heard all you care to about whether or not to prewash fabrics before including them in a quilt. I’ve gone both ways from time to time and settled on a middle ground: I treat batiks with Retayne and often do not wash regular printed fabric unless it is intensely colored.
I always put a Color Catcher in when I prewash fabric, and it does a great job of picking up any stray dye in the wash. So I was very surprised to see the spots shown above on my sheets! (At least I had the sense not to prewash that fabric with my husband’s dress shirts!)
It’s from a major manufacturer and came from a quilt shop. I just decided to prewash because the color is so intense.
Finally, I gave up on the prewash and treated it with Retayne. (Retayne wash requires my tea kettle and a bucket, since water temp needs to be 140 and tap water is too far below that.) I’m still going to rub this fabric hard with a wet cotton swab to test for colorfastness before I use it in a quilt!
So, do you prewash your fabrics?