|Anders Finished his First Quilt Top!|
So, that's the success. Now for the disaster!
I tried to remain calm. Perhaps there was just some excess dye in the fabric initially that was rinsed away when I prewashed it? Maybe the fabric would be okay now? To test this, I put some boiling water into a Pyrex cup and dropped snips of the suspected culprit fabrics into the water. Unfortunately, when the water cooled down and I removed the fabric scraps, the water was definitely pink. Now, I would never wash a quilt in boiling hot water, and maybe the dye behaves better in cold water, but do I really want to invest another hundred hours or so before I find out?
|Bleeding Bird and Berry Batiks :-(|
|Ugly Test Rag|
And if it turns out that one or both of these batiks or other fabrics is NOT just fine? Well, that means hours spent with a seam ripper attempting to unpick my miniscule applique stitches without ripping through my block backgrounds, and completely remaking every single bird and berry in different fabrics, as well as taking apart and remaking every pieced block that contains these fabrics. Hence the DESPAIR.
The only upside here is that, by discovering the problem at this point in the project, I still have the ability to remove the offending fabric without the entire project being ruined. I haven't been able to bring myself to wash that test rag yet, though -- I need time to emotionally prepare in case the experiment does not go well.
Meanwhile, I'm still working away at the center applique medallion, which looks like this right now:
At least I haven't made the berries for the medallion yet.
Well, I'm linking up to Judy's Design Wall Monday over at Patchwork Times, and I encourage you to check out all the other links to see what everyone else is up to this week. If anyone reading this has any suggestions about my bleeding batik dye problem, please let me know in the comments.
Vicki Welsh did a tutorial, and a really good one, on how to deal with bleeding fabrics that are already in a quilt. Here's the link. http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com/field_trips_in_fiber/2014/01/bleeding-quilts-please-read-this.html
Rebecca Grace - I feel so bad about your bleeding fabric but all is not lost by any means! No matter which fabric it is that is bleeding, a Color Catcher should help immensely. Also, repeated washing as soon as the quilt is complete, without drying after each wash, and the bleeding dye will all come out eventually. This happened to me about 20 years ago with a quilt I made using teal and peach Ginny Beyer fabrics that ran like crazy. After the first washing I thought the quilt was ruined. But I just kept washing it and washing it (using Tide) and finally all the running teal dye had gone from the peach fabrics. It can be done! Claudia W
Thanks, Cathy! So it sounds like Vicki recommends a cold water rinse followed by an overnight soak in HOT water and Dawn Ultra dish detergent, then rinsing and drying as usual, and she found that the dye catchers don’t really help the quilt but instead just catch loose dye that would have rinsed away regardless. But should I really go ahead and finish piecing this, invest hours quilting it, and only attempt to correct the dye crisis AFTER the entire quilt is completed? What if it doesn’t work?
Great photo of your son at the machine!
Some people wash fabric in vinegar and/or Retayne, then in the machine with a color catcher.
Anders is adorable and his quilt is so cool! I saw that post from Vicki and thought it made lots of sense. I am confident it will all come out. It sounds like it's an overdye situation as opposed to a true bleeder. If that is the case, you can "catch" the dye in its fugitive stage before it settles on your quilt.
Anders' quilt is impressive!! You have a world class quilter in the making there.
Re: bleeding --- sorry to hear! BUT, I feel like the slight pink might give the fabric a bit of a mottled yet contemporary look. Just a thought. :)
Love the eyes peeking out of his quilt, very impressive.
Your poinsettia fabric would look really good with the BOM, I have tried to un-pick hand applique, it is quite impossible, (at least it was for me). You can hand wash your blocks (in the sink) before sewing them into the quilt, with a color catcher. That is what I have been told to do and rinse them on a towel. Wash until nothing bleeds. Your applique is too perfect to change, the colors work really well.
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