on the lap quilt I made my mom she took it to Disney land and in the down pour the red bleed is there a way the set the colors when washing I heard salt once is that right dose anyone have ideas

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Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on May 6, 2014 at 11:03pm
i use color catchers now whenever i am washing a load of scraps for another scrap quilt. i use 4 - 6 sheets depending on the load. and i seperate the dark intense colors from the medium & light. i end up w very colorful catcher sheets afterwards, but no fading or bleeding of fabrics onto one another. i did a scrap quilt of 10" blocks of 2" squares couple years ago out of scraps too small to prewash...threw in a bunch of color catchers w all the blocks ..no bleeding. i probably use too many color catcher sheets, but i figure better safe than sorry. i would definitely go w color catchers then cold water rinses to set colors..i add about a cup of white vinegatr and let first rinse set for a bit, then rinse vinegar out. i only use gentle cycle, minimal agitation or just hand agitate to minimize fraying of seams or fabric edges.
Comment by Kathryn Bates on May 6, 2014 at 1:03am

Quilts of Valor requires us to wash the finished quilts before submitting them - whether we've washed the fabric in advance or not - and they strongly recommend Color Catchers - I use two in the wash, no soap, and cold water - and have never had one run - but the color catchers come out pink or purple, as I use a lot of red and blue - both of which are known for running.  What I don't know is whether it will catch dye that has already run.  Worth a try, though.  Sold in the US in supermarkets in the laundry aisle - made by the same folks who make Shout.  Good luck!  (I never prewash, because I'm lazy - but the color catchers are my insurance!)

Comment by Riana Noyes on May 5, 2014 at 10:38pm

A product called "color catchers" is available...perhaps at Joannes' or at grocery aisle/laundry section. Read the label, but it's supposed to take/absorb excess dye. I had the same problem w/grandson's quilt...medium blue backing was percale, and I'd used the product in other colors with no run. My daughter called me up, all upset, as she believed she'd laundered incorrectly. But she always uses warm not hot. After taking a scrap of the fabric & testing it by sewing to white & washing, I was astounded at the amount of bleed. This was a good quality company's product!We don't have the color catcher product available in Canada. Now, after 2 years' worth of washing, the quilt is a boyish pale blue/grey. She laundered it 2 or 3 times right away before drying, as the color was most evident on the white parts of front in the pathways of my hand quilting. I don't know of a better solution... the vinegar /salt remedy sets color...and it's too late for yours. Let us know how you make out.

Comment by Monica Schmidt on May 5, 2014 at 3:46pm

You certainly don't want to "set" the colors right now -- to make the bleeding permanent (if it is extensive)! Salt or white vinegar solutions might do that, to "stop the bleeding" they would make the red that has already run permanently set.

I just found a product called "color run remover" by Carbona (Delta Carbona, L.P., in Fairfield, NJ) that claims to help with problems like this. The package says it "Fixes Color Run Accidents", but then warns not to use it on fabrics that are not already colorfast. If the fabric has bled into itself, then the original color may be removed too.

I haven't tried the color run remover. It might not be good for quilts, where the fabric is not color stable (before the quilt was made) and has bled onto adjacent fabrics. I would hate to have the bleeding fabric faded from using this. You might also check for products from Rit dye company. They have a dye fixative that I have used on fabrics that bleed (before using in a quilt).

I teach quilting, and advise my students to always test their fabrics for colorfastness & then prewash & preshrink them before starting a quilt. If the quilt will EVER be exposed to water (washing, wiping off marks from fabric markers, etc.), then this is very important to me. Not everyone agrees with me....

I can never predict which of my fabrics will bleed, before testing them in hot water. Sometimes fabrics bleed that I definitely did not expect to have a problem with. But fabrics dyed with intense red (including purple, magenta, orange, etc.) are always suspect.

Sorry to hear that you had this problem.

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