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Thread: Anyone have this problem?????

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    I'm working on a gift for this Saturday, I am so close to being finished! I went to iron the piece and all the yellow material now has silver on it. I checked my iron there doesn't seem to be anything there, all the other fabrics are fine, but now I don't know what to do. It doesn't look like something that would wash off. It almost looks like it was a reaction between the material and the iron. I did prewash it, but I didn't iron it before using.

    Any thoughts?

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    Oh my! I'm sorry that happened to you.
    I have no idea what to tell you.
    I always iron my light color fabrics on the wrong side in case something that I don't know about has gotten on the bottom of the iron.

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    Nope sounds like a toughy. Sorry.

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    I've had this happen, and don't know why. It's too bad when you are working with the clock too. I'd be glad for answers too!

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    I tried searching for an answer and haven't found any. All I have found was removing plastic.
    I do think tho, that there was something in the fabric that the iron didn't like. Maybe fabric softener?
    Can you replace that piece? Then when you go to iron it again, use another piece of fabric over top when you iron it.

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    I guess this is going to have to be a learning experience. I never thought to iron on the wrong side or with another piece of material over top. Unfortunately the yellow is through the piece and it is paper pieces, so I can't just remove the damaged parts and replace them.

    I guess I'm just going to have to start over, thankfully the piece is only 12" by 12", so it isn't a bed sized piece, but I still didn't want to have to do it again.

    Thanks for the help!

    Sara,

    I'm sorry this happened to you too, but I'm so glad I'm not alone!


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    At least it's not the ENTIRE quilt and it's only a block. Just sucks that it happened. Live and learn, I guess, right?
    Just don't let it get you down.

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    Here is what it looked like BEFORE I went and ironed it....



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    Are you positive the fabric is 100% cotton, sounds like something is in it besides cotton :D

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    Oh my! That's a pretty block!

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    Ruth,

    I purchased it at JoAnn's and it isn't the best fabric, but it said 100% cotton....now the design appears to be something else, it is almost like a plastic texture....I'm wondering if that is what caused the trouble.

    Tlrnhi

    Thanks! I was very pleased with how it turned out. I think I'm going to keep it and see what I can do with it after I get their new present finished.

    Thanks!

    hugs


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    I have never heard of such a thing...
    What happened exactly...
    Oh my and thanks for the heads up
    K

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    That block is awesome. I'd be a little crazy if I were you right now. I wonder if the fabric had some poly in it? You might could try using a dry sponge with the scouring side and see if it would brush off. It's such a shame when something like that happens.

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    Does the medium blue fabric have little silver flecks painted on the surface? I've gotten fabric from JoAnn's before that had silver designs on the top, and it looked like they were painted on. If that is the case, maybe they melted as you ironed. :?:

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    I'd at least take the block to JoAnn's and show them what happened when you ironed it...and ask for either your money back or replacement fabric. They should do something to make that up to you. The block is beautiful and no small amout of work I imagine!

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    Do you have a picture of after?

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    sorry it happened, but it sure is pretty, don't let it get ya down..

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    How awful! Especially when you are in a hurry. Thank you for the heads up. I will certainly be more careful now. Sorry I had to learn from your trial! Hope you get the gift done in time!

    Susan

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    Was the fabric 100% cotton?
    Did it have a "painted on" print design?
    Did anything on the yellow fabric smear or melt when you put the iron on it?

    Try a scrap and hit it with the iron...does it do the same thing?

    Use this scrap after you get "silver" on it to work on different techniques to get it out. Do not use your project.

    Try placing a 100% dish towel over the yellow scrap, no steam to see id the silver will left off onto the dish towel.

    Then try washing the scrap to see id the residue will come out.

    Take the project ans scrap to your local dry cleaner. They may have an answer since they deal with all types of fabric.

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    Thanks ladies for all the help and suggestions! I probably did what most of you would consider "the unthinkable".....I used a stain stick and put it in the wash! I figure I'm making a new one anyway, I might as well learn now what works and what doesn't work. There are no sparkles on the purple material, but there are some on the butterfly material, maybe that is what happened. I tried ironing a scrap of the yellow and I didn't have any problems. I guess the yellow just shows the damage and the other colors don't. I tried ironing the piece with another piece of fabric over top and on a lower temp, but it still damaged the yellow in the finished square. So we will see what happens in the wash!

    Thanks again, I really appreciate the help!!!!!

    I will let you know what happens!
    hugs!!!!!


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    Wow Kelly I'm soo sorry you're having so much trouble!! But it really is an awesome block!! Let us know if you find anything else out. I was wondering...I blew the pic up...is there a a white print on the yellow?

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    Well, I would have suggested a white or light washcloth w/dishsoap. It can work wonders on that type of thing. I have a possessed iron and I have no idea if it gets build up on the edges even though it isn't noticeable and I get a surprised like that. This is how I remove it...and, I try to remember to clean the iron from time to time for no new surprises...oops...I better go do that right now-it's been awhile:))Skeat......who usually lands this mark on dh's white workshirt:))LOL

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    Lisa....yes there is a white print on the yellow material!

    Well I guess miracles happen!!! All, but one of the silver stains came off in the wash! I used Spray and Wash Stain Stick on all the stains, but it in the wash on light load and it looks great! Wrinkled, but almost stain free.

    The last stain in right in the middle, so I'm just going to put a button over it!

    Thanks everyone for all the help!!!

    Hugs

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    I'm glad things worked out well for you.

    How frustrated you must of been.

    That is a very pretty block.

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    KellyPA, you just invented a new technique with your ironing of the block. Anyone that can turn yellow into silver deserves an award. If it looks good and didn't actually hurt anything, heck, I'd iron all of them! :thumbup: In quilting I've learned to go with the flow.

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