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    Fabric fading

    What product can I use to get my fabric to quit fading? I have used seven (7) color catchers to no avail. I have never had this problem before. The fabric is a Kona solid. I should have washed the fabric before using it for my quilt backing. I already have my quilt finished - it's hand quilted - and I really don't want to throw this quilt out after all the time I've put in it.
    I usually wash my fabrics before using them but I never thought that I'd have a problem. I'm at my wit's end as to what else can be done.
    I'd appreciate all the help I can get. This quilt is for my youngest granddaughter's birthday on Sept. 11th and I really don't have time to make another one for her.
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    Email Kona for advice.

    I think they are having some quality problems. Over the last few months I've gotten three totally different fabrics for Kona black. The texture and color was different in all three. I mailed one off to Kona and they said it wasn't Kona. it was labeled Kona on the bolt, though.

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    Do you mean the fabric is bleeding? If there is still colour coming out of the backing but it is not bleeding into the top, it should be fine to just leave it. If it is bleeding into the top, there isn’t much you can do other then see if the company has some ideas.

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    Years back I had a navy run into white logs on my queen size quilt that was also hand quilted.... I soaked it in oxyclean in the bathtub, and must have done that at least 6 times, eventually all but a small smudge of the blue washed out of the white. (yes I know it might affect the life of the fabric, but it was useless before the treatment)

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    The color catchers come out the same color as the backing fabric. It has bleed onto a few fabrics(white isn't as bright as before) but hasn't transferred the color onto the front of the quilt. I guess I'll send the quilt on to my granddaughter and give them instructions to wash the quilt separately a few more times. Better to be safe than sorry.
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    What color is your fabric? If it isn't morphing to the top Then I would stop washing it so you don't have any other problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ariannaquilts View Post
    What color is your fabric? If it isn't morphing to the top Then I would stop washing it so you don't have any other problems.
    My fabric is a teal color
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    Are you washing in hot or cold water? I always keep Synrotpol and Retayne on hand because these things happen. I feel your pain and frustration!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkay View Post
    Email Kona for advice.

    I think they are having some quality problems. Over the last few months I've gotten three totally different fabrics for Kona black. The texture and color was different in all three. I mailed one off to Kona and they said it wasn't Kona. it was labeled Kona on the bolt, though.

    bkay
    About Kona fabric. Kona is a trademarked name of Robert Kaufmann Fabrics for a specific type of fabric. Kaufmann Kona is what most quilters are looking for. However, there is a different fabric manufacturer that has the name "Kona Bay". Sometimes buyers see "Kona" on the bolt end and don't realize this indicates the fabric is manufactured by Kona Bay. Fabric manufactured by Kona Bay is not the same as Kaufmann Kona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady View Post
    My fabric is a teal color
    I've also had problems with teal fabrics bleeding.

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    Also, use a machine with a large water capacity. The newer front loaders don't have enough water to wash away any furtive dye.
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    I've used this Retayne/Synthropol combo successfully on fabrics and clothing that bled (https://www.dharmatrading.com/chemicals/retayne.html), but that was on something that was all one color, so it wasn't a problem fixing any loose dye with the Retayne, because it was fixed to something the same color.

    Since your quilt is all put together (and therefore NOT all one color), I think you might want to just use the Synthropol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    About Kona fabric. Kona is a trademarked name of Robert Kaufmann Fabrics for a specific type of fabric. Kaufmann Kona is what most quilters are looking for. However, there is a different fabric manufacturer that has the name "Kona Bay". Sometimes buyers see "Kona" on the bolt end and don't realize this indicates the fabric is manufactured by Kona Bay. Fabric manufactured by Kona Bay is not the same as Kaufmann Kona.
    It was Kona, not Kona bay.

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    There are instructions on-line and I think it has been discussed here, a method for soaking quilts using Dawn dishwashing liquid to remove running or excess dye. I'm sure someone here can do a search for you, I'm not so good at that myself.

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    I Think I would stop washing and provide several (maybe a whole box) of color catchers with instructions to the recipient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkay View Post
    It was Kona, not Kona bay.

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    Kona Bay is getting hard to find since they are now out of business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkay View Post
    Email Kona for advice.

    I think they are having some quality problems. Over the last few months I've gotten three totally different fabrics for Kona black. The texture and color was different in all three. I mailed one off to Kona and they said it wasn't Kona. it was labeled Kona on the bolt, though.

    bkay
    Several years ago I was in a Joannes fabric when they were having a sale on Kona and I personally witnessed them rolling their economy priced broadcloth solid onto a Kona bolt. The employee assumed they were consolidating the same fabric onto a bolt so they didn't have 5 different black solid bolts. Many of the employees at Joannes aren't sewers or quilters and to them a solid is a solid and they don't know or care about the difference. That incident convinced me to never purchase fabric there again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suern3 View Post
    There are instructions on-line and I think it has been discussed here, a method for soaking quilts using Dawn dishwashing liquid to remove running or excess dye. I'm sure someone here can do a search for you, I'm not so good at that myself.
    This is true. My good friend had a quilting catastrophe and I sent her this link and it did fix the problem.
    https://suzyquilts.com/fix-fabric-bleeds/
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    Almost all fabrics I buy don't bleed. Maybe a few have. I always prewash in cold water and use 4-5 color catchers. I use them until they fall apart. I only wash with cold water Tide.

    I don't buy any expensive fabrics, Hobby Lobby and Walmart are good enough for me. I only buy quality fabric I can feel.

    So sorry this happened to your Granddaughter's quilt.
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    That would be my suggestion also. I did this with a king sized Red and White double Irish chain, but I used Synthropal I put my quilt in the bathtub over night, and them it was just fine. Later I heard that Dawn dish soap, clear or blue worked just as well.


    Quote Originally Posted by suern3 View Post
    There are instructions on-line and I think it has been discussed here, a method for soaking quilts using Dawn dishwashing liquid to remove running or excess dye. I'm sure someone here can do a search for you, I'm not so good at that myself.
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    Time was a cold bath would stop colors/dyes from bleeding or fading. A friend tells me she uses cold water with vinegar and that works every time. The only color I ever test is red, a hold over from when red would run no matter what. Not so much nowadays but still one never knows. Hope everything works out with your quilt.

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