To Wash or Not to Wash...
A problem with living with quilts is that they eventually get dirty. Case in point: there was a mysterious glob smack dab in the middle of the quilt on my bed this morning and, funny, the cat was slinking, guiltily away. Eeewwww! So, it has to be washed.
I wash my quilts in the machine, but I take some precautions. First, I bought a front loading machine so I could get my bed-size quilts in. (I know a bit extravagant, but I use it for clothes, too!) Then I set it on the shortest, most gentle cycle the machine has. I set it on speed wash, warm/warm, light soil, low spin. It will wash about 30 minutes. I use about a tablespoon or two of Dawn dish washing liquid for the soap. (Don't freak out! Remember, it's the same as Synthropal. Click here to read more.) Then I dry it for about 20 minutes on medium, which usually gets it dry.
I haven't had any trouble with bleeding or fading in the years I've been washing my quilts.