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Thread: Happy Solution for Prewash Lesson Learned

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    Happy Solution for Prewash Lesson Learned

    Hope this does not happen to anyone else, but I found a solution in case you find yourself in a similar situation.
    I had completed a quilt for my soon-to-be-born grandson's baby shower and washed it with color catchers. But one of the fabrics faded in the wash in a most uneven fashion - it seemed as though the fabric was defective and did not hold the color consistantly.

    So I found a Sharpie marker called Stained with brush tip that is designed for fabric and dabbed tiny little dots to fill in the missing color.

    It looks soooo much better! Here is a picture of one of the faded parts and the "touched up" area to the right and a picture of the top before quilting and washing.

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    The design for the quilt came from this quilt a long website
    http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/2012...ong-sneak.html
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    wow! good save! I am going to have to find these markers to have on hand for those...just in case...moments. so glad it turned out well in the long run- I would be worried about that fabric though- baby/kid quilts tend to be laundered a lot----is the rest of the blue going to fade away?
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    Beautiful quilt! From the picture you posted, I can not tell where you touched up the fabric.
    Sherri

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    I did wash it a second time because I hoped it might "fade" more evenly, but it didn't seem any better or worse. Next time I will PREWASH

    I did notice while quilting that there was a slight blue tinge on my Machingers gloves, that should have been a sign!
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    Lucky you to find a product that helped!!!!
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    nice save. Nice blog, too.
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    How weird. That faded spot almost looks like it was bleached somehow. I wonder if the color catcher was sitting on that spot during a spin cycle and sucked up the dye or something.... I'm glad you were able to fix it!

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    What a good idea. I always prewash fabrics before I use them, but I will remember your tip.
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    So glad you found a solution. It's a really cute quilt.

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    Looks to me like you fixed the problem. Not to rub it in, I always prewash all my fabrics. If one is going to be a bad choice I want to find out before I use it. So far I haven't found any bad ones.
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    I seldom prewash fabrics except for flannels since they seem to shrink differently depending on the fabric brand. I used to think only the reds would bleed, but I discovered the hard way some blues can bleed, too.

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    I've used a similar method, although for smaller areas, such as flaws in the original printing

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    great idea

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    I am glad you found a Sharpie that worked because the quilt was sew cute! I will keep it in mind for problem touch ups. I used a Sharpie fine point to colour the thread showing on a quilt recently.

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    Yes, Tartan, I rememer seeing that and your solution was what made me look for a marker in the first place. So Thank You!

    The quilt was a hit at the shower, and my son loved it too! Now just the wait for the little guy to arrive.
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    So glad that your family loved the quilt! And yes, I agree, prewashing is a good way to determine if a fabric is usable or not. I went to my LQS and bought some lovely thick flannel that I was going to make into a wholecloth blanket for my cousin's baby.As I do with all my fabrics, I threw it into the wash and then the dryer. When I took it out of the dryer I noticed a line down the center of the fabric. It was a flaw and it changed my mind about making a blanket from it. The think is, I didn't notice it at the LQS,but after washing and drying I sure noticed it then. I will cut up the fabric,cutting around the flaw. I can still use it, just not for the original purpose. It was a good thing I noticed BEFORE going to all the work of quilting and binding the blanket, and THEN noticing the flaw.

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    Being one of the older generation (almost 67) my mother taught me to prewash, and I do wash whatever fabric comes in the door and dry it. If it does not wash and dry well, why go to bother of using it, knowing every wash will cause problems. This goes for clothes or quilts, and some fabric when washed is crappy, today more so than in the past. Also, it is ready to use with a starch and Iron job. DO NOT starch and iron out of dryer as starch can draw bug, and here in Central FL we have LOTS of bugs.

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    I have had that happen to me as well. I am a firm believer in pre-washing. I prewash everything as it comes in the door now. It doesn't even get put with the rest until it is washed. This has happened to me only twice - but I'm glad it was fresh from the store so I could return it. (Some of my pieces can sit around for years waiting their turn to be placed into a quilt)

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    Did you use fabric softener in the wash? I've found, on my sheets, it will leave sections whiter. I bought a new washer now, a top loader, so I have more control over what hits where.
    :-)
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    No fabric softener, just detergent and color catchers.
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    Great save and I love your quilt!!
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    Super cute! Nice Save. Thanks for sharing your invaluable tip!
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    Hope it doesn't fade anymore. Cute quilt.
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