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Thread: Opps.... I forogt a step!

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    Senior Member Janet My's Avatar
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    I've been in a rush to finish a baby quilt for April 10th. (I just started in on March 26th)

    It's done, all I have to do now is make the binding and put it on.

    It just hit me 10 minutes ago while reading the forum.

    I FORGOT TO WASH THE TOP BEFORE I STARTED TO QUILT IT!

    It has a lot of purple in it (Mothers request)... very bright... and since I used fat quarters, I didn't wash them before I started. I also have white in it. I did a rail fence pattern with 2 purples and one white. (The white has been washed before.)

    I'm kicking myself around the block about now.

    Wish me luck that it doesn't bleed when I wash it when it's all done.

    Thanks for letting me vent. This whole quilting process is a never ending learning experience for me. Another lesson learned with this one. Never quilt in a rush!!!

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    Use a few Color Catchers in the wash. They really do pick up extra dye in the wash to keep it from bleeding into your project. Good luck! :D

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    Use a color catcher sheet in the wash. Shout makes them and you can find them in fabric stores or the grocery store in the laundry soap section.:)

    We were typing at the same time.:)

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    throw those color catchers in and keep a bleach pen handy. unless the purple is a batik I think that you are probably safe from bleeding too much.

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    Throw some Color Catchers in the washer with the quilt. They should trap any dye that runs from the darker colors.

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    Good luck, stop kicking yourself.

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    A question about color catchers: Do you have to use them repeatedly, for subsequent washings? Have many times do you have to wash with color catchers before being comfortable sending the gift?

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    It just hit me 10 minutes ago while reading the forum.

    I FORGOT TO WASH THE TOP BEFORE I STARTED TO QUILT IT!

    Wish me luck that it doesn't bleed when I wash it when it's all done.

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    IMO you should NEVER wash an unquilted top....you will have a thready mess on your hands!!!!! I have been a quilter for the better part of 40 years and never pre-wash my fabrics....knock on wood, I've never had a bleeder washing in cold water. I cut, piece, quilt, bind and THEN wash and dry..

    jodi in leavenworth

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    Do you have any scraps that you can test , to see if it is indeed a bleeder?

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    Super Member May in Jersey's Avatar
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    Shout's color catcher comes like dryer sheets and you discard them after you use them. I usually use one when washing about 5-8 yards of fabric or a lap quilt.

    I just picked up a color cather by Carbone and it's like a wash cloth that you use again and again. May in Jersey

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