I know this is a hot topic with some quilters. Some quilters are avid at pre-washing fabrics before adding them to their stash or quilts. I have heard many a conversation about this subject at quilting classes and retreats as well as reading about it. I believe it is a personal choice for each of us to make.
I have not been a pre-washer. I will check dark fabrics (reds, purples, hunter green, black) by rubbing them with a white sock or wash clothe, to see if dye rubs off. Mostly, I believe that using Shout Color Catcher Sheets will alleviate most of you bleeding and color transfer issues.
When I wash a quilt, unless its a tablerunner, I use a minimum of two Color Catcher sheets. I truly believe this has saved me many headaches and damage to quilts. I do this at least the first two times I wash the quilt. Also, I include two Color Catcher sheets in a ziplock baggy with the care instructions when I sell a quilt or make a custom quilt for a customer. Hopefully, this will prevent the customer from having any issues with the quilt. Its part of the process of educating our customers on how to care for their quilt.
I have linked up with Connie at Freemotion by the River and A Quilt Story.
Enjoy Christmas Eve with family and friends. I will be celebrating with our son, his girlfriend and my wonderful husband. Many blessings to all.
Yours in quilting,