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Thread: Happy Solution for Prewash Lesson Learned

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    Senior Member QuiltingVagabond's Avatar
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    Happy Solution for Prewash Lesson Learned

    Hope this does not happen to anyone else, but I found a solution in case you find yourself in a similar situation.
    I had completed a quilt for my soon-to-be-born grandson's baby shower and washed it with color catchers. But one of the fabrics faded in the wash in a most uneven fashion - it seemed as though the fabric was defective and did not hold the color consistantly.

    So I found a Sharpie marker called Stained with brush tip that is designed for fabric and dabbed tiny little dots to fill in the missing color.

    It looks soooo much better! Here is a picture of one of the faded parts and the "touched up" area to the right and a picture of the top before quilting and washing.

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    The design for the quilt came from this quilt a long website
    http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/2012...ong-sneak.html
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    wow! good save! I am going to have to find these markers to have on hand for those...just in case...moments. so glad it turned out well in the long run- I would be worried about that fabric though- baby/kid quilts tend to be laundered a lot----is the rest of the blue going to fade away?
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    Beautiful quilt! From the picture you posted, I can not tell where you touched up the fabric.
    Sherri

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    I did wash it a second time because I hoped it might "fade" more evenly, but it didn't seem any better or worse. Next time I will PREWASH

    I did notice while quilting that there was a slight blue tinge on my Machingers gloves, that should have been a sign!
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    Lucky you to find a product that helped!!!!
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    nice save. Nice blog, too.
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    How weird. That faded spot almost looks like it was bleached somehow. I wonder if the color catcher was sitting on that spot during a spin cycle and sucked up the dye or something.... I'm glad you were able to fix it!

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    What a good idea. I always prewash fabrics before I use them, but I will remember your tip.
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    So glad you found a solution. It's a really cute quilt.

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    Looks to me like you fixed the problem. Not to rub it in, I always prewash all my fabrics. If one is going to be a bad choice I want to find out before I use it. So far I haven't found any bad ones.
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