There’s a continual debate between quilters on whether fabric should be prewashed or not. Do you prewash? I do. Always. It’s probably a hold-over from when I was a garment seamstress and I wanted the fabric to shrink as much as possible before I make a closely-fitted garment. I also like the softened feel of washed fabric, wrinkles and all. Plus, I prefer to remove any scents, smells, and any chemicals that might be in the fabric when I bring it home from the store.
Despite my best efforts, occassionally there’s a fabric that still bleeds even after prewashing. Guess what? I found one. Remember how the blue background fabric bled into the water when I dissolved the Paper Solvy? When I saw that, I diligently washed the quilt top until all the excess dye was released into the rinse water. Once the water was consistently clear, I hung up the quilt top, blue side at the bottom, and went to bed.
See what I noticed when I sat down to work on my quilt today? Despite removing as much excess dye as I could, the blue dye still migrated onto the neighboring yellow fabrics! I promptly put it back in a sink full of cold water along with some synthropol and started scrubbing at it with a small brush. Why is it that the same dye that wouldn’t stay put in Fabric #1 all of a sudden decides it will take up permanent residence in Fabric #2?
Here it is after treatment. I suppose I was able get out a little of the dye, but now it looks like one more opportunity at problem solving 🙂
Part of this quilt challenge is that there must be at least one 3-dimensional embellishment? Do you think paint counts?
You may have noticed the addition of prairie points between the second and third rings. They were supposed to be my 3-dimensional embellishment. Not sure if they would count, either…
Oh well, on with life. This quilt is too small to bother worrying about minor setbacks. This is my chance to fearlessly do new and exciting things I haven’t tried yet. One thing to remember about risk-taking is that sometimes it doesn’t quite work out like you originally thought it might.