So, I guess I should reserve judgement on my quilts until after they are washed & dried...
I washed the Vintage Modern Swoon quilt in cool / lukewarm water with 6 Shout Color Catchers. Yes, 6 of them. Remember, the backing is red and there is quite a bit of red in the rest of the quilt as well. I had washed the backing fabric before I pieced it together, actually I had washed it about 4 times, each time with 2 color catchers, and every time the color catchers came out pink. So I didn't want to take any chances. I closely inspected the quilt after it came out of the wash and I didn't see any signs of the red bleeding. All 6 color catchers were a very pale pink. Then I threw the quilt into the dryer on the lowest heat setting.
After I pulled the quilt out, I was in love! I don't know if it was the fabrics or the quilting, but this quilt is the softest / drapiest quilt I have ever made. The quilt is 100% Moda fabrics, and I think this is the first quilt I have made that is all Moda fabrics; top, backing, binding - it's all Moda. The quilting is about 1" apart at the widest and 1/4" apart at some of the narrower spots, so I don't think the quilting is much different than I have done in the past. The only other difference that I can think of is the batting - to my knowledge this quilt is the first one where I have used Hobbs Heirloom. In the past I have always purchased Warm & Natural for my batting, and pre-washed the batting. This time I really wanted the quilt to crinkle up a lot, so I didn't pre-wash the batting.
Regardless of the reason why this quilt turned out so soft, I officially love it now. It was so stiff prior to washing, that it was really awkward to move & fold. Oh, and I did measure the quilt. Before the wash & dry, it was 80" x 80" and now it is 76" x 76". So, 5% shrinkage, just like all my previous quilts have done. All that is left now is to get it packaged up and shipped to my friends!
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