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Thread: Is there any hope for this quilt?

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    Super Member QandE2010's Avatar
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    This is why I always wash before cutting. I also include color catchers with each quilt I gift, as well as care instructions. I'm sorry that happened to your friend.
    Alma
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    I always prewash. I want my quilts to look the same after washing. As some yardage shrinks a lot, you could end up with mis-shapened pieces after washing.

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    And people laugh at me for pre-washing pre-cuts, like jelly rolls and fat quarters. One of the worst disasters I've had is a lap quilt made out of jelly rolls, not pre-washed, because they tell you not to do that. It was for a raffle for a child with cancer. Of course I washed the quilt when finished, cold water, small amount of Orvis soap, and 3 color catchers. It bled everywhere! I was just sick. Not only was the quilt ruined, but I had less than 10 days to do something for the raffle, and this was important to me. I knew the family, and the little girl. So I picked up the queen sized quilt I had been working on, and I went to work like a madwoman. It was a real beauty, a log cabin with stars and an unusual layout. Very striking. I worked virtually non-stop, and finished it up the morning of the raffle. That quilt was meant for my Dad, but when I explained the situation to him, he just said: "You go, Sweetheart." They ended up putting the quilt in the auction, instead of the raffle, and it brought $500! That's quite a bit for a quilt! Would it surprise anyone to learn that my Dad was at the auction, and he was determined to outbid anyone. The bidding was pretty feisty, and at one point you had 3 determined people bidding! But my Dad wouldn't back down. He told me later that it was his quilt, and he wasn't going home without it! Is he great, or what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacThayer View Post
    And people laugh at me for pre-washing pre-cuts, like jelly rolls and fat quarters. One of the worst disasters I've had is a lap quilt made out of jelly rolls, not pre-washed, because they tell you not to do that. It was for a raffle for a child with cancer. Of course I washed the quilt when finished, cold water, small amount of Orvis soap, and 3 color catchers. It bled everywhere! I was just sick. Not only was the quilt ruined, but I had less than 10 days to do something for the raffle, and this was important to me. I knew the family, and the little girl. So I picked up the queen sized quilt I had been working on, and I went to work like a madwoman. It was a real beauty, a log cabin with stars and an unusual layout. Very striking. I worked virtually non-stop, and finished it up the morning of the raffle. That quilt was meant for my Dad, but when I explained the situation to him, he just said: "You go, Sweetheart." They ended up putting the quilt in the auction, instead of the raffle, and it brought $500! That's quite a bit for a quilt! Would it surprise anyone to learn that my Dad was at the auction, and he was determined to outbid anyone. The bidding was pretty feisty, and at one point you had 3 determined people bidding! But my Dad wouldn't back down. He told me later that it was his quilt, and he wasn't going home without it! Is he great, or what?
    What a wonderful story! I have tears in my eyes, and your Dad is indeed great! (And so are you.)

    Alison

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    I agree with the color catcher idea. I once got red fabric fading out of a solid red & solid white quilt doing this.

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    MacThayer - what a fantastic story I love it!

    I'm sorry about the quilt in the OP - I wouldn't know what to do either. I hope whatever she tries works out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdaniel023 View Post
    Tell her to try warm water and some color catchers. Make sure there is lots of water. Can't hurt and I believe it might be the answer.
    I vote for the warm water and color catchers also. Hope she can get it cleaned up.

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    We made 3 wall-hanging quilts for the church wall. Since the border was purple batik, they were hung in the banner closet when Lent was over. Unknown to anyone, there is a small water heater in the ceiling above that closet to service the handicap/family bathroom that was added 10 years ago. As is the way with all water heaters, 10 years and they develop a leak. When I finally found it, the purple had run into the white setting triangles and blocks. The red felt banners and purple felt banners had also bled into their white lettering.

    I was able to get the purple out of the white with Oxi-clean in a pre soak and paste. I even used a little Shout when I put it in the washer. And for good measure I always threw in a Color Catcher. I washed one quilt 2 more times. Then had to stop, because the purple was getting more faded than the other two. There is still a small lavendar tint in one area, but you won't be able to see it when it is up on the wall. Everyone who had seen the damage was amazed. I really think there were some angels behind me that morning.

    I still have to repair the red banner, but won't need to hang that until the end of October.
    jraff - quilter wannabee

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