The blanket was 44" square before washing, and 43" square after washing.
Here is the worst part of the center fold, before washing:
Same area, after washing:
Washing definitely brought out the best in this blanket and relaxed some areas like the center fold. I think this little section is so small that it will be overlooked. Best of all, is is even softer than it was before, which I didn't even think was possible!