I'm in a pickle and need some advice! Several years and several surgeries ago, when I belonged to a guild, we made quilts for ABC Quilts, donations for kids. I made a couple and then started another....got sidetracked and never finished it. Now a friend is expecting a baby girl and I pulled out the UFO to finish it for "Lenora". Well, having lost about a billion brain cells (at least it feels that way-they say anesthesia can do that--plus age-I'm 79), I can't remember anything about what I did back then. I had put the front and back together and sewn binding on one side....Why? I have no idea? So I removed the binding to prep to assemble it right (?). Then it hit me....those colors!! Bright red and blue...would the colors bleed? I couldn't remember if I'd treated them or not. I had a small piece of red and blue so I did the color testing in soap and hot water and the blue bled little or none, but the Red---Oy Vey....very bad!!! So what to do...the quilt front is assembled! I took the red piece and treated it with Retayne, just in a bowl of hot water, soaked and agitated, rinsed and dried in dryer. Then tested again and it seems as tho it's not bleeding anymore. Blue was ok. But I don't remember if I treated the fabric I'd already sewn or not. So I laid out the top and took some q-tips and a piece of white fabric, wet them in 140 degree water and rubbed one of the small red squares. No bleeding. Is this enough? The Retayne bottle says that after treating, wash only in warm water......what if mom wants to use hot water? She lives in Italy so I thought I'd send a box of color catchers with the quilt!
Should I wash the top before assembling it....in hot or warm water.....use Retayne and/or color catchers? At least I thought of this before finishing it! (pics below)
I haven't sewn for 2-3 years and want to get back into it....did a couple of ABC quilts, simple ones, a some "whole cloth" little ones for DGGK's but feel as tho I've never sewn before! I've been saving info like crazy from the Board, on basting, binding, bleeding etc....this place is a gold mine and you all are angels!! But I am scared! I'll prob just do a simple sitd on the pieced blocks and found a cute little flower in a flower I MIGHT try to put in the redwork blocks. The pic don't show it well, it looks better in person. Hope the pics get loaded ok. Waiting with bated breath for advice and suggestions!