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Shirley posted on Mon, May 13 2013 3:48 PM

Is anybody out there an expert on how to rescue a quilt where one of the fabrics has bled?  I rescued a block once where some appliqued green leaves bled onto the cream background - soaked it overnight in Clorox 2 and the green went away.  But what about when the quilt is already finished?  Has anyone come up with an approach that works - or at least doesn't do any damage when you try it?  I  always prewash fabrics, but occasionally they bleed anyway. 

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Shirley:
Is anybody out there an expert on how to rescue a quilt where one of the fabrics has bled? 

 

Shirley, some folks swear by the Shout Color Catcher sheets. I haven't tried them yet but others have posted they do work.

Good luck


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As much as I love those Color Catcher sheets, I suspect they won't work to remove color that has already bled. 


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I agree with Nancy, if it has already bled I don't think the color catchers will work and I'm afraid some of the fixes may make things worse. I hope someone will come along with a great suggestion. :(

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Here's a possible help from yahoo answers:  http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090829154058AAke5HE

 

 

 

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gini replied on Mon, May 13 2013 10:33 PM

Shirley, along with washing my fabrics, I test them for colorfastness before drying.    Rub a white dishrag or piece of muslin on the fabric to test it.

you can try a very dilute bleach solution and paint it on the areas, make sure you wash it all out.

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ls2116 replied on Mon, May 13 2013 10:55 PM

I'm still searching for the solution myself.

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Shirley, If a bleed-over stain will not come out, you could try to fill that area with some fancy stitches where bleed-over has occurred or replace the offending fabric portion of the applique.  I know a lady who was so upset when one of her quilts bled, that she took out all the blocks (including the quilting) that bled -- a real pain -- don't know that I'd ever do that!  But all of her quilts were true heirlooms, worthy of blue ribbons & she felt her reputation was 'on the line'.   Another option might be fabric painting.  I prefer to test fabrics before using them (especially since we're getting fabrics from so many unknown sources) & those bleeder fabrics are the only ones I pre-wash to set-in the color (with Retayne or white vinegar).  I've tried a few drops of peroxide on the offending stain & if not removed, follow up with a thin paste of Oxi-Clean (water & Oxi-Clean powder) to clean up some bleed-over, careful not to get it on other areas, then rinse after 30 minutes.  Best policy: test fabrics (even after a quilt is made), wash in cold water & never dry w/ heat if you have bleed-over stains. 

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Shirley replied on Fri, May 17 2013 12:17 PM

Thanks to everyone for offering your suggestions. Obviously the best thing is to determine whether fabric will bleed ahead of time.  But if you didn't - or thought your prewashing was good enough and it wasn't - my question was about what to do next.  Especially if you are not willing to take out the quilting, take the quilt apart and replace the offending pieces.

 I know about Synthrapol and Retayne but have never used them.  Does anyone have personal experience?  The warnings are so strong I am almost afraid to try them, and I don't have any of the fabric left to run a test.

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Roxana replied on Fri, May 17 2013 12:23 PM

Shirley:

 I know about Synthrapol and Retayne but have never used them.  Does anyone have personal experience?  The warnings are so strong I am almost afraid to try them, and I don't have any of the fabric left to run a test.

I'm also interested in knowing about these products. I've also heard something about soaking in a vinegar mixture. Does anyone know anything about that?
Thanks in advance!

 

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I found this doing a google search. It explains when and how to use retayne and synthrapol. 

http://www.prochemicalanddye.com/home.php?cat=323.  

On another site that I belong, someone commented that synthrapol can fade colors.     

 

 

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Thanks, Carol.  Excellent suggestion. I went to the site and printed out the instructions.  I have decided that, for future information I am going to run some tests using these products and see what I can determine about their use -- unless I find a web site where someone else has already done it.  I will report back once I know something.

 

 

 

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gini replied on Sat, May 18 2013 1:33 PM

i thought retayne and sythropol were agents to set color, not remove them.   i have both sitting in the toxic chemical room at home.  once i started reading up on them, i decided they were best left in the bottles. they work very well. 

  if i can't get the color to rinse out, i'll try vinegar and salt. if they still bleed, they go in a dark quilt, quickly, so i don't forget and use them in applique.

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