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Thread: bleeding fabric and pecuts?

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    Senior Member quiltlady1941's Avatar
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    bleeding fabric and pecuts?

    I bought 10 yards of dark turquoise fabric from Jo ann's it was the country classic solids, for the back of a quilt, I washed it and oh my goodness did it bleed so after 5 washes with Shout color catcher in the wash the catchers are still coming out the same color as the fabric a very dark turquoise.. I did go back to Jo ann's and they told me they could not give me a refund as I washed the fabric.. I could not believe that they would say that, how would I know if the fabric would bleed if I didn't wash it.. they also told me to put vinger and salt in the wash and wash the fabric again..so as I speak that is what I am doing..Maybe this will work..

    Now the top for this back.... I made a single Irish chain quilt and used a precut jelly roll of different color turquoise some light and some dark for the chain with white for the background, now I am wondering if this fabric will bleed like the backing..I did not wash the jelly roll, do any of you wash your precuts before you put them in a quilt top? I was afriad that the fabric would fray a lot and it would end up not the 2.5 inches that it started out to be.

    Wouldn't you know it... this is a quilt someone asked me to make, it's the first quilt that I am making for someone that I am getting paid for. but oh my all the trouble ...if it was for me I wouldn't worry about it.. anyway thanks ladies for all your advice...

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    Glad you mentioned this as I just bought a small ton of this fabric during the coupoon madness sale.

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    alfosa421......all I can say it wash all of it ..to make sure it does not bleed like the fabric I bought..

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    I don't pre wash pre cuts or kits. All other fabrics do get pre washed and dried in the dryer. I would not buy that color. I have had very few colors bleed. You can use more color catchers. Someone will be along to help you.
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    As for the top that you completed. Wait until the quilt is finished and wash the enitre quilt with Synthropol. It will suspend any of the excess dye so it does not discolor any surrounding fabrics. You can use it for the backing fabric prior to use, or for this instance ( the backing fabric prior to be cut or sewn ) use retayne , but if you do the quilt must be washed in cold water.
    I reccomend you wash the backing in sythropol as well prior to cutting or sewing, since you will not have any control over how the quilt will be washed in the future.
    Yes I wash/soak precuts to remove any excess dye before construction. Precuts I wash/soak in the sink till the water runs clear. Hang to dry.

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    The thing is, it could bleed forever and if none of the light fabrics pick that dye up it's not a problem. A dye bleed only becomes a problem when another fabric picks it up and doesn't release it. Even when a lighter fabric picks up a dye bleed it's still not set and will likely wash out if you keep washing it. Front loading washers are horrible for washing quilts that have a fabric with a lot of excess dye. There just isn't enough water to float away the excess dye in a front loader. A top loader and Synthropol is the best solution. Synthropol keeps the excess dyes from settling on the fabrics.

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    I believe that would be the very last time, I ever bought from that JoAnn's! I recently had the same problem, with a fabric I bought from Hobby Lobby. It was a turquoise print and was still bleeding, after at least 10 washes! I returned it and they refunded my money. No problem, whatsoever!
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    I think it depends on the manager that is working that day!!!

    I would consider it defective!

    Turquoise is another color that I don't trust - actually, I don't trust any of them.

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    I wasn't a fan of Country Classic solids years ago and nothing has changed. My problem is the flat colors and wrinkling. I didn't know about the unfast colors. Wet a paper towel and rub it over a scrap of your turquoise from the front. If the towel stays white, don't worry, but do provide 2 color catchers with the quilt and remind the owner to never let it lay wet in the washer. I wouldn't trust the backing fabric.

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    i think you need to talk to the manager about a refund. hopefully, you still have your receipt to prove that you didn't use a coupon (if you didn't). go higher up if the manager doesn't refund the money. i believe you will eventually get a refund by talking to the right people and being persistent.

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