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Thread: Is there any hope for this quilt?

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    Senior Member pacquilter's Avatar
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    Is there any hope for this quilt?

    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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    Bless, O Lord, the works of my hands....

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    What was the fabrics used ???? Batiks???? I heard they bleed alot????? I don't have any ideas.

    This serves as a reminder to make sure i wash the quilt the first time and make sure to pass along washing instructions.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Tell her to try warm water and some color catchers. Make sure there is lots of water. Can't hurt and I believe it might be the answer.
    Happy Quilting.

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    The only one I ever had bleed was a batik. Never been a fan of batiks and now less than ever. Good luck. I would try what was suggested with the color catchers.

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    Maybe the lesson to be learned from this is to ALWAYS use a color catcher when washing a quilt fior the first time!

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    Always pre wash fabrics, like colors together and use color catchers when there is more than one color in a quilt. Others will be along to tell you what might work.
    Another Phyllis
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    This is the nightmare that haunts me and why I always prewash before creating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    This is the nightmare that haunts me and why I always prewash before creating.
    and me as well
    Nancy in western NY

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    What a shame. I can't offer any advice because I would be afraid of making it worse now. Maybe it will fade out over time and be less noticeable.

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    Thinking a good soak in a tub (so it lay's relatively flat) with a lot of water and synthrapol might work. Certainly wouldn't hurt. Note that you need VERY hot water for synthrapol to work. I would go so far as to say that to get enough hot water in a bath tub - I'd be boiling a big ol' pot to add to the bath water. I'd also toss in a color catcher as an "indicator" to see if the darn thing is done bleeding.

    I've never used the RIT color remover product.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

    Sue

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