1 Don’t pre-wash pre-cuts, by which I mean anything the size of a fat quarter or smaller. The raw edges of these cuties may unravel a lot when pre-washed, so much so that it no longer fits the requirements for a fat quarter quilt pattern.
2 Colour catchers can save your life. Whether you choose to pre-wash or not, it’s a good idea to throw a colour catching sheet into the wash with your quilt – especially if your fabrics include saturated shades. Find these in the laundry detergent aisle.
3 In case a colour bleed does happen, keep a bottle of Synthrapol to hand. It’s the opposite of Retayne and releases dye, thus saving your quilt, and possibly your sanity.