Question for those who don't prewash

I'll be making a quilt for my niece and her husband, and it will have a very
dark brown fabric in it. I prewash, and when I prewashed this fabric, I used
synthrapol (sp?). I then ran it through another wash with a color catcher,
which came out very dark brown. I did that about five more times with the
color catcher before it quit releasing dye. If I hadn't, I'm afraid my niece
would have ended up with a quilt with brown dye in a lot of spots where it
shouldn't be after the first time she washed it.
So here's my question. If you don't prewash, what do you do to prevent
bleeding after the quilt is finished? If I were going to keep the quilt, I
wouldn't worry about it too much, but if I'm going to give it away, I'd hate
the thought that the recipient might wash it and end up with a bleeding
mess. I usually provide instructions to wash the quilt in cold water and
then tumble dry, just in case there's still some excess dye, but with some
fabrics, it doesn't seem to matter if the water is hot or cold - they're
still gonna' bleed! I'm just curious to know how you deal with it.
Thanks!
Reply to
Louise in Iowa
I'm a prewasher as well. I had a similar experience with a green fabric a couple of years ago. When I prewash I don't use any additives to set and/or catch colors. Since this was alot of yardage (backing for queen quilt) it was by itself in the washer/dryer. I went on my merry way sandwiching and (hand) quilting. During the quilting I noticed that some of the dye was still rubbing off on my clothing! I always wash finished quilts as well before giving them away to get rid of markings, dog hair, etc. I did throw a color catcher in with the quilt in warm water. It didn't bleed onto the lighter fabrics but I ended up washing it several more times w/ multiple color catchers each time. I was still getting dye on the catchers. I ended up giving bro & SIL a box of color catchers with the quilt and told them to use them each time they washed the quilt. They live distant to me and frankly I have no idea if they have ever used and/or washed the quilt. I've never heard a word from them about it so I'm guessing either the color catchers are working or they are not using the quilt.
FWIW the only time I've had issues with colors running and setting are with red. Washed a red tshirt of DH's with the rest of his nasty work clothes. Light colored pants came out pinkish/purple. And this was a shirt that had been washed repeatedly before. I finally threw it away. At least it really didn't make a difference to him - just funny looks/questions from his brothers!
Kim in NJ
Reply to
AuntK
Giving the box of color catchers might do the trick if it still bleeds after it's finished. Or maybe I'll just tell her to bring it back to me when she wants it washed! She's going to be a busy young lady - she's expecting a little one in September and has just bought her own business - so I don't know if she'll be as focused on taking care of a quilt the "right way." Yep, doing it myself might be the best thing!
Reply to
Louise in Iowa
I've made hundreds of crib quilts. Never 'pre' wash; always wash before sending. Never have had one bleed. It's probably because I'm such a good person and live such a pure life. OTOH, maybe it's because I haven't used dark brown in a quilt. You'll never know. Polly
Reply to
Polly Esther
Okay, I'll go along with the "good person and live such a pure life" bit (but can I roll my eyes a little bit when I do?). And I'll envy you your luck with no bleeding - I've had red, green, brown, blue and purple bleed. Thankfully, it's happened with a finished quilt only three times - although that's plenty! Most of the time I catch it in the prewashing, so that's good.
Do you do anything special when you wash it before sending? Cold water only? Special detergent? Color catchers?
Reply to
Louise in Iowa
Cold water, just a little detergent, 2 rinses. Gentle dryer - and I grab it out while still a little damp and block flat to finish drying. I expected some eye rolling. Polly
Reply to
Polly Esther
Since I see everyone on the group as beauty queens anyway I can go with the good person/pure life attitude. I think the minerals and water differences along with assorted laundry products make a differences. That is a guess but I think there is something to it. Maybe it is your water is pure Polly? lol I have had blues, reds and greens all run. Taria
Reply to
Taria
I don't think about it, that's how I deal with it. It's never happened to me, I guess when it does, I'll figure out something different. I mostly make miniature and pretty small quilts and they don't get washed very often. I've never had anyone tell me that their baby quilts have had a problem.
Cindy
Reply to
teleflora
I'm a pre-washer & also wash completed quilts before giving or using them. If I am giving something that I think may bleed, I suggest that the recipient use a Color Catcher when washing, at least until it comes back with no new color. I have also included a box of Color Catchers with the quilt a few times.
Julia in MN
Reply to
Julia in MN
snort! ..........thinking about the mayonnaise jar under the bed marked "Polly's emergency bail fund".
Val
Reply to
Val
Sounds like a good idea! I was trying to think of what my reaction would be if someone gave me a guilt and it bled - the first thought would be that it was my fault, and I'd never have the nerve to tell the person who gave it to me. At least if you give them washing instructions and color catchers, they'd know what they SHOULD do to take care of it.
Reply to
Louise in Iowa
Well, I am a prewasher when it comes to making clothing, but not usually when it comes to quilts. And I do wash finished quilts, with a color catcher in cold water, machine dry. One thing to remember is that there is a difference between color running and color transferring. Frequently you will get color running or bleeding but that color may not transfer to another fabric. Especially with today's dyes. It is like fabric that isn't colorfast.... the color is lost, but it won't transfer, permanently to another fabric because of at least a couple of things. In order for dye to transfer and "dye" a different fabric the fabric must be "prepared" to accept the dye. (Different dyes need different preparation, and it can have a lot to do with the Ph of your water too. ) And there must be a "mordant" to set the dye in the fabric. Also a dye bath will only color a certain amount of fabric, and it must be used within a certain time frame to work. If a dye bath is "exhausted" it may still look like dye, but there won't be any particles "loose" to adhere to the new fabric. And if it is "old" the reaction will probably not happen.
You are much more likely to get color transfer when damp fabric is left sitting in contact with other fabric for a period of time. Sometimes this will come out easily, sometimes it won't. sigh. (Of course having a QI in training have an accident on some fabrics is a whole 'nother story. After all one of the classic mordants/ preparation mixtures involves urine. sigh. )
Yes I have had a fabric or two bleed out into neighboring fabric on a very few occasions. But I like the look of the un-washed fabric in the class samples and such. sigh.
Have fun, Pati, in Phx
On Mar 25, 11:48=A0am, "Louise in Iowa" wrote: > I'll be making a quilt for my niece and her husband, and it will have a v= ery > dark brown fabric in it. I prewash, and when I prewashed this fabric, I u= sed > synthrapol (sp?). I then ran it through another wash with a color catcher= , > which came out very dark brown. I did that about five more times with the > color catcher before it quit releasing dye. If I hadn't, I'm afraid my ni= ece > would have ended up with a quilt with brown dye in a lot of spots where i= t > shouldn't be after the first time she washed it. > > So here's my question. If you don't prewash, what do you do to prevent > bleeding after the quilt is finished? If I were going to keep the quilt, = I > wouldn't worry about it too much, but if I'm going to give it away, I'd h= ate > the thought that the recipient might wash it and end up with a bleeding > mess. I usually provide instructions to wash the quilt in cold water and > then tumble dry, just in case there's still some excess dye, but with som= e > fabrics, it doesn't seem to matter if the water is hot or cold - they're > still gonna' bleed! I'm just curious to know how you deal with it. > > Thanks! > > -- > Louise in Iowa > nieland1390@mchsi dot com
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Reply to
Pati, in Phx
I surely hope it's a big mayonnaise jar, just in case I get really really bored with being pure. Polly
"Val"
Reply to
Polly Esther
Polly where was that spew warning ??? The first 3 sentences I thought you were writing about me, then I laughed 'cos I knew you weren't when I read the 4th. I have used dark brown in a top that became a doona cover and it didn't run.
Dee in Oz
Reply to
Dee in Oz
I do prewash everything, and sometimes accidents happen anyway. The color run remover is my friend! Roberta in D
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Roberta

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