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Thread: How to fix color bleeding on quilts

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    How to fix color bleeding on quilts

    Fellow blogger Vicki Welsh on her blog Field Trips in Fiber has done the work of creating a tutorial showing you how to get those bleeds out, and what causes a lot of problems. She used a color catcher but it didn't work. Check out her blog post and download her how-to document so you will have this info when you need it -
    http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com/field_...read-this.html

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    Thanks for this information. I have a quilt that the red fabric bled onto the white and I am going to try this tonight. I was just at Costco today and was given a free little bottle of dawn dish soap which is one of the products that Vicki suggests.

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    boy thank you for this great article. Just working on a quilt and smartly realized I did not prewash about 1/4 of the reds I used.. boy would that be a mistake since there is a whole lot of white in there. Going to dawn presoak it and pray. Lots of prayers!
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    Great info. Thanks for sharing.

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    I have some fabric purchased yesterday, couldn't pass up for the price. Going to toss into the washer with Dawn on hot water and see how that works. Just one 2 yd piece but has dark camo green color. Will put into medium load with a light test piece and check results. Thanks for sharing site.

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    Yes, thank you for the link. I have printed the info to add the my quilt hints binder
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    I tried this last night, left the quilt to soak in Dawn and this morning I was shocked to see how red the soaking water was, this really seemed to work.

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    Thanks for the link. It's great info.

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    Thanks for the information about bleeding colors. Very good article!

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    Thanks for sharing this. My mom washed the quilt she made for me and the red ran onto the focal fabric; she was devastated. I've been trying to figure out how to fix the quilt, so I'm going to try this. Hopefully it will at least fade out some of the red. :-)

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    I want to make a red/white/black quilt but have a real fear that the colors will bleed into the white when laundering. My MIL made me a quilt while I was getting chemo almost 15 yrs ago, it is a dark blue calico with white blocks that she hand embroidered ... the blue bled into the white and continues to bleed (can see it in the water) even now 15 yrs later. The blocks are NOT white anymore.

    so I will be reading this more in depth ... are we supposed to do this before making the quilt or can it be done for the quilt my MIL made for me?
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    Thanks for sharing this link. I've often been afraid to heavily dyed fabrics such as red but now I now how to presoak them.
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    I use red in all of my Quilts of Valor and one quilts had a lot of bleeding. The last thing done to these quilts is to wash and dry same as they are going into a hospital setting and must go to them clean. I purchased the Color Catcher at the local supermarket, put two in the wash then I rewashed. The Color Catchers were red and the red bleed was out of the quilt.

    Now, two Catchers go into every wash as a matter of procedure to prevent the bleeding.

    I no longer prewash my fabrics for the QOVs as the pieces are sometimes 6 yards and hard to handle, thus the Catcher treatment when the quilt is completed.

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    You're welcome, everyone. Suz, check the article out, she used color catchers but they didn't do the job. Sue, I wash all my fabrics before sewing, and Vicki did the process on a completed quilt as well as fabric, so the answer is both.

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    Wow! This is some faith in color catchers. I am encouraged!

    Quote Originally Posted by Suz View Post
    I use red in all of my Quilts of Valor and one quilts had a lot of bleeding. The last thing done to these quilts is to wash and dry same as they are going into a hospital setting and must go to them clean. I purchased the Color Catcher at the local supermarket, put two in the wash then I rewashed. The Color Catchers were red and the red bleed was out of the quilt.

    Now, two Catchers go into every wash as a matter of procedure to prevent the bleeding.

    I no longer prewash my fabrics for the QOVs as the pieces are sometimes 6 yards and hard to handle, thus the Catcher treatment when the quilt is completed.
    McDarla
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    Thank you for posting this. I was entrusted to quilt my great grandmothers quilt top and began by hand washing first. As it seemed like it wasn't going to bleed to I felt ok to proceed. Soaking since Saturday night in (what was at my local quilt shop), "retro clean". It is now bleeding. In Maine and it is snowing/sleet/ice. YUK. I am waiting for weather to get better so I can go to the store. I will leave it in water until I can get (both) color sheets and DAWN PURE dish detergent. I am anxious to get this fixed. I was trusted to quilt it and I want to fix it. Still feeling like... Oh No!!! but thanks to this article I am hopeful. :/ Thank you so much.
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    Great find! Thank you so much for sharing this link. Vicki Welsh is great.
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