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January 03, 2014


Marty Mason

Vicki...thank you so much for your hard work in helping us keep healthy and happy quilts, whether made with commercial fabric or those beautiful hand dyes.

Lemon Tree Tami

Fantastic info Vicki! I'm going to pass the information sheet along to our newsletter editor for one of the quilt guilds I belong to. Thank you for sharing this and letting us pass the information along to others.

Sarah Ann Smith

Thanks Vicki...great post! One thought: water supply and assorted community additives to the water. I know someone who makes and sells hand-dyed fabrics in Washington state. They always do the washout at the sister's house because if the fabric is going to run, it is going to do it with her water supply (all other factors being the same). So I think water supply also has an impact.

I was suprised that the Synthrapol washed out the commercial print! I haven't noticed that issue since I used mostly batiks, but now I think I'll do a test and see what happens here. If the Dawn Ultra works as well for me as it does for you, I'm switching to locally-sourced! Thanks again, Sarah

Rebecca Grace

Okay, but what do you do if you discover a "bleeder" while the quilt is in progress? I used two commercial red batik fabrics in an applique project that I've been working on for 10 months, and I just realized that the batiks bled dye onto other fabrics when I prewashed them initially (I put all the reds through the wash together, and only just now did I notice that the white selvages on the commercial prints turned pink when I washed them with the batiks). I've put in so many hours on this, and those batiks were used for all of my appliqued cardinals and stuffed berries, all against an off-white background fabric. All of the blocks are finished and I was just about to assemble the quilt top when I discovered the dye problem. I don't feel like I could soak or wash the individual blocks or an assembled but unquilted top without creating new problems of stretching, distortion, and fraying. If I continue as planned and wait until the project is quilted and bound, then what would my best option for dealing with the dye problem be? Do I understand correctly that the process is first to soak in cold water, then in warm or hot water with Dawn Ultra dish detergent overnight, and then rinse and dry as usual in the morning? And is there any way to use Dawn Ultra in the washing machine? This will be a large quilt and I doubt I could do a very good job of handwashing it in the tub, but I have a HE washer and I know that I can cause problems there if I don't use the right laundry soap. Thank you so much for sharing this information, by the way!

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