Questions Answered Edited from email
WILL YOU BE AT PADUCAH?
Will you be at Paducah? What is your booth number? Will any vendors stock your patterns? Thank you!--Kathy D.
Thank you for asking. I'm sorry--I won't be at the show. I am a real hermit, and I stopped doing
shows in about... 1998 [!], I think. In addition, I am the only one who stocks my
patterns because [after waffling for many years over the possibility] I finally admitted to myself that I did not want to spend tons of time producing enough printed patterns to support wholesale.
Fortunately, the website is just my size, and it is open 24 hours a day! :)
OPINION REGARDING PREWASHING FABRICS?
I was wondering what your opinion is regarding prewashing fabrics for paper piecing projects?
Judy Dixon Dae
Well, you've caught me, because I have not prewashed fabrics for a few years. This is because I only make samples these days, and I am cavalier about what happens with the samples.
HOWEVER, if I am making a real quilt for myself or others, I WOULD prewash all my fabrics. In my world, I definitely want every quilt to be machine washable. The other two reasons:
1. Get rid of excess dye. Perhaps I am out of date, but when I was washing fabrics, there was often a lot of excess dye in the darker fabrics, and I didn't want to take a chance that some fabric would dye all the others.
2. Shrinkage. I imagine this still happens with cottons. Some people like the extra shrinkage around their quilt stitches after a first wash, but for me that would mean I would have to trust every fabric to shrink the same.
(Obviously I don't trust nuthin'!)
If whatever you're making will never be washed, then I'd say "don't bother!"
Hope that answers your question :)