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Thread: Red flannel bled into the light blue, help!!

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    Senior Member DeniseP's Avatar
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    I just finished piecing a baby quilt with light blue and red flannels. I washed it before adding fleece for the backing and when I took it out of the dryer (about half dry) I noticed that the red had bled into the light blue fabric and now I have red dots where there used to be white dots. Is there any help for this? I rewashed it and let am letting it air dry.

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    Did you wash the fabric before you started to cut and sew?

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    Depends on how hot it got in the dryer. Often, once it's machine dried, the color is set... I would try Oxyclean. And don't dry it until the issue is resolved, or you've decided to go with the tie dyed look!

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    Did you wash the fleece, too?

    I've found that different fleeces shrink at different rates.

    AFTER I had sewn two layers of the stuff together.

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    No, I always wash the quilt top when it's finished.
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Did you wash the fabric before you started to cut and sew?

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    Yes, I have already washed and dried the fleece. One less problem I guess!
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Did you wash the fleece, too?

    I've found that different fleeces shrink at different rates.

    AFTER I had sewn two layers of the stuff together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseP
    No, I always wash the quilt top when it's finished.
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Did you wash the fabric before you started to cut and sew?
    Too bad you hadn't done it before all the work .... then you would have known what problems lay ahead! And could have determined whether you wanted to proceed with that fabric.

    Or what you needed to do before you did all that work.

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    Yup. A day late and a dollar short, just like always.

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    At least it wasn't a king-size!

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    Try washing again with a color catcher. a friend of mine accidently washed some red flannel with a mostly white flannel, you guessed it she ended out with a pink flannel. Anyway we ran it through the washer again with a color catcher and was truely amazed. You would of never know what had happened. Hers had not been put in the dryer at all first though. Maybe it will work even though it had been in the dryer Good luck

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