Oh my goodness!
She said she was worried about ruining the quilt if she washed it ... and so had not washed it ... for a whole year ...
I felt so bad for her. My quilt was just one big burden instead of the warm, soft, cuddle it was intended to be.
I had to fix this straight away ...
After chatting with her a bit about it, I realised that I handed her the quilt with no washing instructions.
Not everyone owns a quilt and not everyone has received something handmade ... one of a kind ... just for them. No wonder she was scared.
I spoke to my mum about it and even she admitted feeling quite nervous about washing the quilt that I made for her birthday. My mum! Who's done mountains of washing! Who crochets and sews herself and owns heaps of handmade items ... handed down the generations ... no less!
I definitely had to fix this straight away!
So I set to writing a little "welcome to owning your own quilt" washing instructions. I don't pre-wash my fabric before I use it, nor do I wash the quilt before I hand it on. I don't pre-wash because, well, if I'm honest, I'm too excited to use the fabric and probably, if I'm even more honest, I'm too lazy to wash it first. I don't wash the quilt before handing it to it's life time owner because, well, people like their own laundry powder smells. They may have sensitive skin, or prefer Omo over Fab ... and if they are anything like me, then they always wash a purchased blanket, quilt or sheet before using it.
What do you think? Do you do something similar? Can you think of anything else I can/should add?
My poor friend ... I really must make it up to her somehow ... perhaps another quilt? This time with washing instructions!? lol ...
***Thanks to some wonderful feedback in regards to this post, I can now offer a free download of the updated washing instructions here ... go get it! ***