Eureka - my tumbler quilt did not bleed during it's bath, so I will be finishing that this month. I have had bleeding fabric woes with my quilts since I washed them over the holidays. read about it here. I have been experimenting. I washed my purple scrap drawer with obvious tangled results. But now they won't bleed right?
There has been a division among quilters for years about prewashing fabric. I was joyfully on the side of not prewashing. I had high hopes that I could be a fabric aquirer and not have to stop and prewash and iron.I have dyed my own fabric, and I took all the precautions. But I can't tell you how hard it was to pull my finished quilts out of the washer to see the fabric bleeds on my finished and loved quilts.
This was the first disaster a few years ago - a braid quilt from my first Bonnie Hunter class
this great article about washing quilts ( and fabric)
I read it several times. She says color catchers are not the answer, It is the detergent. and the amount of time it soaks and releases the color. The trick is to keep the color suspended above or away from the quilt.
Save My Bleeding Quilt
2 hours later
4 hours later
I am more optimistic about my chances for my quilts to survive. I am still not sure I want to prewash everything.
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