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Thread: UGG! I am so mad at myself!!!

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    I am about 3/4 done with my mother's quilt. I tried to do everything right by washing and ironing all my fabrics... Well, as I was doing my quilting stitches, I noticed that the backing, which is a burgandy color, was leaving a pinkish tint on my sewing machine... I washed the darn thing and it's still doing that. I think that if I wash the quilt after i'm done that it will leave pink on some of the light patches...What can I do? should I have it steam cleaned at the cleaners? Should I just leave it, hoping that it doesn't leave a residue just by using it as a throw? I know now that I should have washed it more times... I get that now so please don't beat a dead horse.. I just need your advise now..... but what do I do now, if anything?? I thought about taking a wet cloth and just lightly rubbing it til it's no longer coming off pink. has anyone had this problem? What did you do? :cry:

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    Finish it, wash it in cold water using a Bounce Color Catcher cloth.....it should be okay.

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    Ouch! That has to be worrisome!

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    How about if you complete the quilt, then wash it and have monochromatic colors. Not what you were aiming to do, but when you get a lemon, make lemonade. ???

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    I had that happen to me with bright green backing on a table runner. After I finished quilting and binding the runner I washed it with several color catchers. Believe me the water was kelly green but the none of the dye was left on the white areas of the runner top. Wish you the same luck, May in Jersey

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    buy a product called Retayne. and wash it with your quilt I think that helps set your colors..that way they don't bleed.

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    I have heard that you can set the colors with salt and cold water but never tried it.........maybe others have.

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    I prewash with white vinegar added and it always sets the colors with no bleeding...no vinegar odor either. This also works with stuffed toys.

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    I agree with the comment about the color catchers.

    I love them and they are worth every penny. We get them for about 4 bucks a box or so. I've made two samplers with very rich greens and purples. The green blender for the backing particularly bled. It was prewashed and pressed. But as I quilted it, it was turning my fingertips green. I washed with color catchers and the white is WHITE and all the light colors retained their pretty hues too. I think anyone who makes quilts or clothes should use them. Also handy in a state like Nebraska as we wear Red to support our football team on the weekends. Keeps the red red and the white white. LOVE THEM!

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    Where do you get color catchers? Can I get them at Kroger or Walmart? Is this found in the detergent isles or is this an as seen on tv item?

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    I found out that one of the hand-me-down fabrics from my MIL ran when I came up with blue fingers during binding application. Too late for me too and I too had washed the fabric. Now, when I use saturated colors, I do a color-fast test before I start. It is (unfortunately) one of those life lessons learned the hard way.

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    Color catchers are the key to the universe. They are in the laundry aisle. You may have to look a bit because they come in a box that looks pretty much like dryer sheets. They can be easy to overlook.

    Don't panic. Everything will work out just fine. Remember, this is for your mother. Mothers are the ladies that love lumpy clay ash trays even when they don't smoke and keep paper chains you made for Christmas in kindergarden. Whe will love your quilt.

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    SHOUT Color Catchers (24 sheets in a box) - they're great. You can get them in the detergent aisle at the supermarket or you can get them cheaper at Walmart.

    When I started using them I was surprised at how much color they really did catch in a normal load of laundry. Sometimes there's almost nothing, sometimes the catcher is a combination of colors.

    Good luck with the quilt.

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    been there. done that. learned to watch for that. and wash and wash until the water is clear - or almost clear.

    if I can't get the fabric dye to quit bleeding, I won't use the fabric.

    I "assume" that whoever gets the quilt will just throw it in the wash and will not take any precautions like using a color/dye catcher.

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    You bring up a good point, bearisgray....how will the recipient care for a quilt? Perhaps including a catcher, and care instructions might not be a bad idea....for any of us gifting a quilt.

    Patti

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    You can get color catchers at most grocery stores and Wal Mart. They are usually with the detergents.

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    I can't find them in Walmarts in my area, however, the local grocery store carries them.

    I have told all my friends about color catchers, even the non quilting ones. It's always good to know how to keep your kids' Christmas clothes from being ruined.

    I read a tip somewhere before I finished my first quilt about how important the care for a quilt is. Whenever I gift a quilt, I always include care instructions and a couple color catchers. If I ever have to send a quilt in the mail, in big black marker I write on the box not to use a box cutter, razor blade, or scissors to cut the box open.

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    So I wash it with color catchers... should I use hot, warm or cold water to get it to stop bleeding?

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    how big is it?

    If it's fairly large, I think I would use a large front loading machine and use cold water. I would go to a laundromat, if necessary.

    I think that type of washer would be better than a top loader.

    But I don't know - this is just a guess on my part.

    If it was little, I would put it on a sweater drying rack thing and then I would pour water through it with the dark color on the bottom until it ran clear.

    I really don't know for sure what would happen.

    Do you have any scraps left that you could make a mini quilt (like 6 x 6 inches) and experiment? You could just layer it and zig zag the edges and try a few things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfw045
    Finish it, wash it in cold water using a Bounce Color Catcher cloth.....it should be okay.
    Probably a few color catcher sheets

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    Quote Originally Posted by diogirl
    So I wash it with color catchers... should I use hot, warm or cold water to get it to stop bleeding?
    I don't know if this is true, but I always heard cold water makes clothes 1) keep their colors better and 2) shrink less. I have a hunch that's an old wives tale, but based solely on that, I would wash in cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    Quote Originally Posted by diogirl
    So I wash it with color catchers... should I use hot, warm or cold water to get it to stop bleeding?
    I don't know if this is true, but I always heard cold water makes clothes 1) keep their colors better and 2) shrink less. I have a hunch that's an old wives tale, but based solely on that, I would wash in cold.
    If this is an old wives tale, then I must be an old wife. :P If you want to "set" the colour, you need to use cold. And if I dont' want my clothes shrunken in the wash, I wash them...in cold. (Hubby tends to use water too warm and has shrunken a few sweaters, shortened pants, etc. :( )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pzazz
    If this is an old wives tale, then I must be an old wife. :P If you want to "set" the colour, you need to use cold. And if I dont' want my clothes shrunken in the wash, I wash them...in cold. (Hubby tends to use water too warm and has shrunken a few sweaters, shortened pants, etc. :( )
    hmmm, so it might be true. I wasn't sure since last week I was watching a pot, and it boiled! Never sure what has truth behind it :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    I usually wash everything in warm, including the quilts. I figure most everyone I know washes in warm and I figure they'll do the same to my quilts. I only wash socks in hot...so not a lot of shrinkage going on.

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    I use the Carbona brand - looks like a terrycloth washcloth and is good for 30 loads or more. Both Joanne's and Hancocks carry them.

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