Shrinkage is not my biggest worry. BLEEDING is.
I am suspicious of fabrics that look dye saturated – especially purples and reds. Solid blacks are also one thing I pre-wash because I want to get the chemicals out of the fabric before it rots.
There is SO MUCH dye in black to get it that black that the fabric can just rot away over time. In fact, I had made a quilt top with solid scraps and gave it to my friend Tonya, and as she was quilting it, some of the blacks were shredding. UPSETTING!
This is the tale of the purple/magenta I washed last night---
I bought the fabric you see above in Southern California last January when I stayed with Sherry. Remember our trip to M&L??
Go check that post – it’s hysterical! I love the photo of the antics it takes just to GET the fabric out from the bottom of the stack!
I want to use this fabric as an inner border, but it had that deeply-dyed look to it, and I thought it might need a pre-wash. I wet a corner of a kitchen washcloth and rubbed it over the fabric, checking the washcloth to see if any pink came up. It did.
In the washer it went – with my regular detergent, hot water and a COLOR CATCHER!
Y’all! THIS is what came out of the dryer:
The Color Catcher is DARK PURPLE!
Here it is after air drying, on top of the fabric.
I use these whenever possible. I wish I could say I swear by them, but I have come across some fabrics that never stop bleeding no matter how many times you’ve washed them. Still ----these are my go-to item for pre-washing anything heavily dyed or saturated with intense color.
This meant that I wasn’t able to put the borders on last night like I wanted to --- but that is what today is for!
I’m turning on the QuiltCam about 2pm Eastern Time this afternoon---hoping to catch the European Contingency! I’m STILL ((YES, STILL!!)) cranking out Bow-Ties sewn into blocks. I will push this project as often as possible to get it DONE. I wish I could say I was ready to start working on the borders, but I don’t even know what the layout for this will be yet ---I’m just SEWING. So be watching the clock, I’ll post when the cam goes on!
Have a great Saturday, Everyone!