(my profuse apologies for the awful photos - not quite sure what was up with the colour and I have no idea on how to rectify it! Turns out having Photoshop on your computer is not enough - apparently you need to be able to drive it too!)
Thought this might give you a giggle (you're allowed to roll your eyes, point and laugh and my stupidity, honestly!)
Nearly 9 years ago I finished a second quilt for our bed - a follow up to our wedding quilt (have I shared that one here? It was my wedding present to D.) A pieced drunkard's path quilt in rich autumnal hues. And since it would be getting use mainly in the Winter, I used natural wool batting for a little extra warmth...the only quilt I've ever batted with wool. I was quite proud of this quilt, especially since I spent eons quilting this intricately. All was good.
Until about May this year, when it ended up on a small person's bed, and - of course - that small person did what small people are known to do on occasion in bed overnight and the quilt needed a wash. No worries, I just threw it into the washing machine, and then, distracted (probably by the wet greyness that was Rotovegas in May. Or possibly it was the whole packing and moving malarkey, who can say?) transferred it straight to the dryer. Erm, bad, bad plan! I remember thinking vaguely as I swapped it between machines that the quilt was a bit more ruffly than normal, but just put it down to it being wet, and not having been washed for a while. Needless to say, I got a wee fright when I pulled it out all dry and snuggly, and less than half its original size!
And that my friends, is when I said a quiet prayer of thanks that every other quilt I've made has cotton batting! Repeat after me: if there's the possibility it will be peed on, or otherwise be in receipt of bodily fluids, it needs to be machine washable!
Jo Campbell, doing stupid things so you don't need to!!!