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Thread: Are these blocks doomed?

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    Are these blocks doomed?

    Sometime ago, I made some basket quilt blocks and put them away. I just got them out. They are made with white background fabric. Due to poor lighting in the room where I was working at the time, it appears that the iron may have been a little warm at times. Are these blocks doomed or is there a solution?
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    not seeing them it's hard to tell....but sometimes 'yellowing' does wash away- so finish them up and launder your project-
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    ​You could hand wash with Retro clean and see if they brighten up.

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    Couldn't say for sure without seeing them. But, if the iron was too hot, they may be scorched. I don't know a solution for that. Sorry I'm not much help.
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    I don't think you can tell from the picture that the side strip is discolored.
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    I have used Retroclean for removing yellowing in linens, but I am not sure about scorching

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    Try a little hydrogen peroxide and see if it lifts a little. I read that somewhere and I thought I'd seen it on the board!

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    If you were using starch, and the starch scorched, they will likely wash up just fine. If the fabric itself is scorched, they may not clean up. Hoping you used starch!!!!

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    Maybe tea dyeing?????
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    Are you attached to them? If not, don't feel bad about cutting your losses. Sometimes you just have to say "live and learn" or "oh well, I survived." But if the fabric is not scorched, you could try the methods advised above. If it is, it's a lost cause.

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    That's not scorched. It's a transfer of the yellow dye onto the white fabric, from the yellow fabric next to it, when the iron moved across the yellow onto the white. I had it happen to me once with a red dye onto a white fabric, and all my fabrics were prewashed/shrunk before I cut anything. The problem is in the manufacturing of the offending fabric. It's not your fault. There is a name for this, too, which I can't think of right now (something like crackling or crazing ??). When it happened to me, I put a tiny bit of liquid soap onto a clean damp washcloth and rubbed it out, then rinsed it. But if I was careless with which way I moved my iron, it would happen all over again, even in the exact same place. Big bummer, because the quilt was a gift. But after I got all the red smears out, I decided it shouldn't be a problem, because I don't expect the recipient will be ironing her quilt anytime.

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    There was a THREAD titled SCORCHED FABRIC a couple of months back that provided several different methods for removing the discolored area. Hopefully you can do a search for it and find a method that will work for you. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris View Post
    Maybe tea dyeing?????
    I think this is a great idea if you can't get the marks off of your project.

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    I have used peroide and even a weak bleach solution on the end of a Q-tip. Good luck.

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    I saw an article that said tea dyeing is a no-no. The tanic acid in tea will eat the fabric. They suggect brown paint.

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    Make them up into table runners or something small and then wash to see what happens. Try some of the above suggestions but I wouldn't make them into a quilt unless I did a strong tea dye or something that covered it up satisfactorily. Depends on how much you are attached to them and whether they were made by someone you love. If not then you are free to use them as you wish.

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    Mimi, that block is beautiful and the yellow is so perfect. I hope you can save all of them.
    Maybe you could undo and then replace the scorched parts?
    I read that coffee has less tannic acid than tea and that your fabric would then have a life expectancy of about 75 years. I wonder how long you can expect tea dyed fabric to last. Coffee dye creates a different look than tea though and I can't see it looking nice with that cheery yellow. It has been my experience that the colored fabrics don't take tea dyeing well, but the white and cream fabrics do.

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    sew em up and snuggle under them this winter. or donate them to an abused women's shelter. or make small quilts and donate to an animal shelter-concrete floors or cages are mighty cold. use the blocks. A little color/scorching on fabric isn't fatal to any one or animal when they are trying to get warm!
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    It doesn't look like scorch to me. If it were, I would think you would see the imprint of the iron.

    Make it up and wash it as suggested. If it still isn't OK, then it's time to donate it to a shelter. (Any kind of shelter.)
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    Thank you all. I really love these blocks and wish you could see them. There are sixteen in various colors. I'm thinking the problem could possibly be a not too clean bottom of the iron. I'm going to keep on making blocks and pray for the best.
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    Exactly my thought.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris View Post
    Maybe tea dyeing?????

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    lemon juice and sunshine??? if that doesn't work, I would go with tea dye.

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    I don't have any suggestions, but wanted to say that the fabric is one of my favorite white-on-whites. I buy a few yards whenever I see it. I ought to just buy it by the bolt.

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    I may have been the one who started a thread about scorched fabric a few months ago. I got good suggestions, hydrogen peroxide is the one I tried. It helped a little. I decided just to finish up my quilt, as this was a small quilt I was going to put on the seat of my sewing chair. I was just going to sit on it, after all, so I figured it would be okay. (I really was very gentle with using the hydrogen peroxide, as I didn't want to remove color from my other fabric.)

    Anyway, when I finished and washed the small quilt, the scorching went away. I hope that is what happens for you.

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    Okay, it was my thread....and, if I did it right, this should take you to it. I have forgotten the other suggestions, and they might help you?

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...c-t229063.html

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