Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Crazy Thought >

Crazy Thought

Crazy Thought

Old 02-03-2020, 04:37 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 110
Default Crazy Thought

Hi everyone! I’m making a small draggable, droolable quilt for my brand new (and precious!) grand daughter. I have it all planned out and it’s going to be (I hope) adorable. My problem is the flannel colors that I have. I’m going with pastels as opposed to bright. When I put all the fabrics together, it was quite noticeable that I was missing green and orange pastels. The next obvious step was online. Dang! I had a terrible time finding a flannel in pastel orange and green. I did finally find a few greens that work but the only orange I could find was bright.

So here’s my crazy thought… If I take this fabric and add it to a mild bleach solution, will that fade the color? I know too much bleach will weaken the fiber and I don’t want that but I really need a pastel orange. I made a sample daisy using the pastels I have and one of the petals was this orange and it all but came out and smacked me in the face…it’s sooooo orange!

What do I do?
Libits is offline  
Old 02-03-2020, 04:56 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: SE Michigan
Posts: 523

Could you make tea and dye the orange flannel in it to tone the brightness down? My only suggestion.
mjkgquilt is offline  
Old 02-03-2020, 04:57 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 9,292

I donít think bleach will fade fabric evenly. I believe it would leave splotches of white on creamsicle orange. Are you looking for peach? Maybe a batik would do the trick. Or maybe you have enough pastels without orange. Can you show a picture?
zozee is offline  
Old 02-03-2020, 05:05 PM
Power Poster
dunster's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lake Elsinore, CA
Posts: 14,248

I you really want pastel orange, I would try dying white flannel rather than bleaching darker orange.
dunster is offline  
Old 02-03-2020, 05:12 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Arizona
Posts: 2,356

Please don't bleach any flannel! However many washings you do the bleach will not wash all the way out, according to my Dr!
I learned this lesson the hard way, don't ask, but it was a painful lesson for me.

Do you really really have to have orange in the quilt? Sounds like it will be plenty cute/adorable without it.

Tiggersmom is offline  
Old 02-03-2020, 05:13 PM
Power Poster
ube quilting's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 10,647

There would be nothing wrong with using cotton for the orange. It is perfectly okay to mix the fabrics and being just a small part of the overall design, would it look odd?
ube quilting is offline  
Old 02-03-2020, 05:27 PM
Power Poster
Join Date: May 2008
Location: MN
Posts: 23,272

Try searching for " peach" or "apricot" flannelflanne

​​​​​or "creamsicle"
bearisgray is offline  
Old 02-03-2020, 06:57 PM
Power Poster
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 38,618

Is the wrong side lighter? You might be able to use the back.
Tartan is offline  
Old 02-03-2020, 08:07 PM
Super Member
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 7,839

I agree with Dunster - dye white flannel the color you want.
Peckish is offline  
Old 02-04-2020, 05:18 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Davenport, Iowa
Posts: 2,598

Maybe instead of searching for an orange, search for a peach color instead??
lindaschipper is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.