Good morning to you all,
It's the first day of winter here and looking out my office window, the sky is grey, which has created an amazing backdrop to all the different shades of the trees, their leaves and the bark itself. There are golds and browns, then the very olive coloured leaves of the olive trees, the greenness of the Gum tree leaves. There's many pots filled with bulbs that are all poking their new tips out through the soil, and starting to stand tall and proud.
something that I often get asked about and have written about several times now, including in my 100 Inspirational tips to help you on your quilting journey book.
just what you would do if after you had spent time planning, buying fabric, cutting, sewing, making and quilting and falling in love with your new master piece, and on its first washing it had a couple of ……
Major Dye Runs?
Now what would you actually do?
You possibly wouldn't really know until it actually happened, as many things in life are like that.
after having spent 2 years and 8 months of working on the one quilt.I needed to wash the quilt to remove all the blue wash away markings that I had used throughout this quilt during it's making.
The evening before I was to wash this quilt,
I had wet a piece of white cloth, and I went over these most beautiful “Hand Dyed” fabrics just to make sure that the colour was holding and would not run. When I purchase new material, it always goes straight into the laundry, to be washed and treated, before it ever goes anywhere near the sewing room.
and then check the white fabric after each rub. It would show clean with no colour on it all. Feeling comfortable with this, I quickly made my way around the whole quilt. When almost at the end of these fabrics, I happened to glance back over the area that I had first started checking, and yes you will have guessed it, to my absolute horror, a very deep pink /red fabric had definitely run.
It was a moment of total disbelief……………..
I reached into my cupboard and pulled out a very magic potion....
that works like a miracle, and is very is to obtain....
Tell me you say, as you want to know just what is this magic potion. Hmmm... you need to keep reading.
Hanging a quilt on the clothes line, then using the garden hose?
Well, this is what I do to release the amount of blue wash away markings, as for this particular quilt I had used approx 20 marking pens. You must support your quilt well though.
While I was busy doing the hosing, Geoff was keeping an eye on the quilt to make sure it was supported well, as with the weight of the water, it was now very heavy.
Geoff then said to me,……. “Have you seen this side of the quilt yet”?
Where ever I had used this one particular fabric, it decided to RUN, remembering that at this stage I was only using cold water. My very calm and strange answer to this,surprised me, in fact, I can’t believe that I even said what I did.
Calmly I said….. “Don’t worry, it'll be fine”……..
So the bath was full of this very hot water, with the magic potion in it, waiting for the quilt, when I realised that if we placed this now very heavy, wet and very cold quilt in the water, it may not work as the water temperature would drop in the bath.
So I thought, “How can I warm the quilt back up”?……………
After all this was done, we carried this now very wet, warm and heavy quilt, 7 kgs approx, complete with its dye runs, inside and placed it into the bath.
INCREDIBLE.....within seconds all dye runs in this quilt were instantly gone.
Feeling very pleased with this whole process,
I then carried on to wash this quilt as I normally would.
This you'll have to wait for another time......
to find out just how I finish washing my quilts, and how I dry them, as this posting is about removing dye runs, not actually “How to Wash a Quilt”. Besides, you are possibly feeling a little shocked at what you have just read and feeling unable to get your head around how I just treated a quilt that took 2 years and 8 months to complete, that then went on to win 12 ribbons and awards including a “Best of Show”, that then placed the quilt up for judging with 6 other incredible quilts for “Best of Australia”.
This quilt did not take off “Best of Australia” but it did travel then for the year as part of the “Best of Australia” group of quilts.
Please forward the link of this out to as many quilters and guilds that you know, so possibly someone else will be able to rescue their masterpiece as well.
and I'll be back again before you know it.
Think I might go and have a cuppa.
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