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Batik fabrics in my quilt are bleeding

by Jude
(New Zealand)

Disaster has struck me!

First lesson which I did not do. Wash my batiks..... of course I did not@!!!

When I was pressing my finished top, a little bit of water hit one of the batiks.

Shock, horror the colour leeched out on to the white. I have spent several hours replacing the white sashings that the batik bled into. My dilemma is that I have now finishing the top and fear that all my hard work will be ruined if it ever has to be washed. This quilt is to be my son's 21st gift. I need some suggestions as to where to go from here.

Any useful advice would be gratefully appreciated.



I had the same exact thing happen with my little Penguin Quilt. (There are a couple of possible remedies in the 'Comments' section of that page.) Never intended to wash it, as it was a wallhanging, and I accidentally tipped the iron over on it. A cold iron with cold water. My blue ran, too.

I didn't have color catchers or dye magnets to wash the quilt with at the time and I was never able to get the blue out of the white. Arrghhh!

What I suggest to you is to piece some of the blue scraps together with the white and then wash it (in the machine as I expect that's how your son would wash it) with color catchers to see what will happen. Don't worry about quilting it or batting or anything.

While Retayne is to help stop commercial fabrics from bleeding, you need to use hot water to activate it (and agitate the quilt for about 20 minutes). If the batik bled with water from your iron, I would be quite hesitant to submerge and agitate it in hot.

Unfortunately, that's the best advice I can give so I'll put it out to my readers.

Readers, if you've had a quilt with bleeding fabric (batik in particular) and you've saved it, what did you use? We'd appreciate any help you can lend. Just use the 'comments' link below.

Thank you!


Julie Baird

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