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Thread: Is there any hope for this quilt?

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    This is such a sad situation. The problem is "loose" dye that is not set. It is probably still loose, both in the original fabric and on the yellow pieces, so a color catcher is worth trying. And it may take more than one session.

    It is not only batiks that bleed. This morning I did a Retayne treatment on some Debbie Mumm SSI fabric that has little candy corns on a dark background. On original testing, it blend an orange/brown color terribly. The Retayne has set the dye, and I now feel safe using it in a Project Linus Halloween quilt for the hospital's holiday party in the children' ward.

    I hope your friend has some success on her wedding quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacquilter View Post
    I have a friend who was given a beautiful quilt as a wedding gift, and she recently washed it for the first time. The quilt was blue and yellow, and unfortunately the blue bled onto the yellow and turned it green. She used some oxyclean on it, and got the green to kind of a grayish color. She was planning to get some of that Rit color remover, but I'm thinking that will probably make everything even worse. It doesn't seem to me like there's much hope for fixing it, but I told her I'd check with the experts. Any suggestions appreciated.
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    Is she using a front loader? They make color bleeds about 10 times worse because there just isn't enough water to float away the excess dye. Tell her to take it to a laundry mat or borrow a friends top loader and wash it several more times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacquilter View Post
    I have a friend who was given a beautiful quilt as a wedding gift, and she recently washed it for the first time. The quilt was blue and yellow, and unfortunately the blue bled onto the yellow and turned it green. She used some oxyclean on it, and got the green to kind of a grayish color. She was planning to get some of that Rit color remover, but I'm thinking that will probably make everything even worse. It doesn't seem to me like there's much hope for fixing it, but I told her I'd check with the experts. Any suggestions appreciated.
    Thanks!

    Tell to NOT ever use the Rit color remover. It will remove all the color, not just the color that bled.

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    how sad I had that happen once and learned the hardway to always prewash fabric as sometimes it will also shrink and be just as big a problem besides with all the chemicals in ths fabric just safer to prewash especially as a gift as some people are also alergic to the chemicals

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    I saw a post on here the other day that addressed this very topic, there were alot of different things to try.....do a search and you should be able to find it...good luck..
    Kitty

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    This is why I could never use a fabric that hasn't been washed.

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    I see so many threads about Batiks bleeding when washed. I have Never had a Batik bleed, I made a King Size quilt as a wedding gift and the colors ranged from Teal to Deep Pink and it never bled. Maybe I'm lucky but so far so good and I've given away tons of Batik quilts. Maybe I'll have to buy a bottle of Retaine )
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    I'll be watching this thread later in the day. I'm learning so much here. Right now I'm working on a RED quilt with WHITE blending fabric backgrounds. YIKES ! I'm going to have to do something with it before I give it to my friend.

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    Great suggestions on here - appreciate the information. I'm not a fan of batiks - and ALWAYS wash material before I start a new project....have heard about 'bleeding' material one time too often.

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    So sorry to hear this. I am sorry to say I would not offer much hope for your friend of ever removing the dye that bled.
    Ask me how I know, I made a double wedding ring quilt for my daughter in 2005, queen size, cream background with different shades of green and mauve - I definitely prewashed all of the fabric. Gave it to her for Christmas and wanted to show it at a fair the next fall, she had never used it until just before I wanted to show it, and had the quilt on her bed - she has indoor cats and I thought well I need to wash this before entering it BIG mistake. I used -COLD water, and woollite - but some of the greens faded in different spots all over the quilt, mostly on the cream area, which is the background color of the quilt. Did not dry it in the dryer. I have since washed it several times now each time using a color catcher. I have used everything on this quilt to try and get the excess dye out nothing so far has helped - color catchers, oxi, synthrol alcohol, even tried Mr. clean Magic erasers on the spots. The quilt has never been in the dryer. I spent a year working on this quilt, and working outside the home at the same time so a long process. I wanted to scream and cry at the same time.
    If your friend finds something that works, please p.m. me and let me know. I truly wish her luck. Now I not only always prewash all of my fabric, but use retayne in the first wash and color catchers in every other wash. I am a great bliever in prewash.

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