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Completely hand pieced and quilted, twin size - 1 year in the making just for the top - and the fabric bled

by Bobbi Foth
(Puyallup, Wa)

I added a couple of pre-made leaves to my quilt top of what I thought were cotton. I then finished the quilt top and hand quilted it for another year.

Never thought to check the small 3 leaves for color fastness although I had pre-washed everything else.

Two thirds of the way through, I ironed my quilt with heavy steam as it was very wrinkled.

Disaster!

The colors in the leaves completely bled all the way through to the back side of my pristine white backing in large 5" swaths and over the front in smaller patches.

Greens, pinks and yellows from the leaves bled as wide as 4". I tried everything until desperation forced me to try pure bleach as a last resort--not the liquid type but the gel bleach.

I had nothing to lose so with shaking hands I carefully put the gel on the backside of the quilt where it was badly stained, being extremely careful not to bleach through the batting and hitting the front top of the quilt.

The fabric instantly turned white and took the stain out. I treated very small sections at a time, standing over the sink with water running.

The moment the backing fabric turned white and the stain released, I instantly poured running water on to it--top to bottom.

It took me an hour but all the stains on the backside of the quilt were gone and the fabric in no way harmed by the bleach.

I then tackled the front.

As the front was also mostly white background I used tiny, tiny bits of gel and had success again, really rinsing it heavily between treatments.

The stained areas that had colored fabric , I overlayed with more flowers. The result turned out perfect and I saved my quilt.

A lesson learned for sure!




From the Editor: You are a much braver woman than I! OMG! I can't even imagine. My hands would have been shaking so bad applying the bleach. I'm so glad (relieved) it worked out for you.

~Julie

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