29 January, 2014

Oh No! Disaster!

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You may remember my "Something Pretty For Me" quilt that I made back in 2007. I took it down to put up a couple of my Christmas quilts. I decided I'd give it a gentle wash as it is the first time it's come down since I hung it and the top of the quilt was a bit grubby from dust. 
 
That's when the disaster happened. Some of the red ran! Before I made the quilt, I washed and washed the reds and nothing came out. It's probably a little more subtle in real life but I know it's there.
The back.

Does anyone know of anything I can do? 
I guess I'll just have to live with it. Probably most people won't even notice it but I'll always know.
It was always in the back of my mind about the red.
 I knew there was a reason I'd never washed it before! 

35 comments:

Maddy said...

Oooh Christine...such a disappointment when this happens when you do everything possible to stop it.

Spanishlady said...

I brought some colour catcher (Punch brand)sheets from the supermarket. 15 in a packed. On some cream pants I got some licorice ice cream stain and put a wet die catcher onto the dye and left it there for a while and it seemed to draw out the color so you could try them. You may have to dampen the colour run area.
It may take a couple of goes, but worth a try.

Kath

shez said...

Oh No Christine what a shame you can get some stuff from the supermarket in where the washing powders are and i think its called colour catcher it might be worth a go or check online,you might find something,dont give up i am sure there will be something you can do,good luck my friend.xx

Elyte said...

I have used Punch Colour Catcher in the past with success. You can find it at the supermarket near all the laundry products. Good luck.

creations.1 said...

I feel your disappointment Christine - and I have no answers as I haven't had this happen as yet! 'Colour Catcher' is something new to me and is well worth trying - I am sure there will be someone on your followers list who will be able to help!! Good luck!

Farm Gate Creations said...

Hi Christine, I found this on the net it may help or at least give you a starting point.

Farm Gate Creations said...

Oops here is the link http://appliqueandpatches.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/be-gone-dye-bleed-outs-be-gone.html

Cheryll said...

Oh Noooooo... I've seen the colour catch too but have never used it. Good LuCk! :)

Bev C said...

Hello Christine,

I had this happen to me with a quilt I am working on. I had washed all the blocks before putting them together. No colour ran. Then washed it after the quilting and noticed one colour had run. Used a colour catcher and it all came out. I will be washing all my quilts with a colour catcher, don't know how they work but they are a miracle.

Happy days.
Bev.

Fiona said...

what a shame..... I have heard the colour catchers work well.... good luck
Hugz

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Many have already adviced, but the color catchers work well.

Tarnyia said...

Oh No... Feel for you... sounds like you have lots of help though and I did use something from the shelves in either Coles or Woolies and it worked... good luck xxx

Cath said...

I never wash fabric before I quilt as I like the crisp fabric when cutting and sewing but I DO use colour catcher sheets everytime I wash a quilt and never have an issue (even with red) You can find it in the laundry aisle. I wonder if it will work if you wash it again with a colour catcher.....such a shame!
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Michelle Ridgway said...

I can only agree with the other girls...what a shame. They seem to work well though. Good luck with it Christine. It is a beautiful design.

Susan said...

How disappointing for you Christine. It's the worst feeling when you see the red run. I wish I knew the answer.

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Oh no. I am feeling your pain and as I sit here reading this my Ruby Quilt is going through the wash for the first time ever. I've always been so scared to wash it but now its wet and all I want to do is run and get it out of the machine. I have three of the colour catchers mentioned above in with it. Im scared..... so scared :(

Noela said...

What a pain Christine. I was going to suggest colour catches too. Such a lot of beautiful work in this quilt. I would still put it up again as it isn't that noticeable. Hugs.......

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Just letting you know that I have just got my Quilt out of the machine and all is good. Quilt is still in tack and the colour catchers are pink. maybe you could rewash your quilt with a little spray on where the fabric has run and a couple of colour catchers in there as well.

Helen said...

Sorry to hear that , I have used the colour catcher with success. Good luck.

barb's creations said...

((((((BIG HUGS))))) Try washing it again with the colour catchers and see if that can help fix it, good luck and fingers crossed :) Barb.

Patchwork and Play said...

I read of your plight on Sharon's blog. I thought I'd throw my 'two bob's worth' in.... I use colour catchers in the wash all the time, so you could give them a try. The other suggestion I have is a product called "Runaway Colour Run Remover" by Dylon. I think it is readily available at the big supermarkets. Good luck!
http://www.dylon.com.au/fc-coloursafe.htm

Anita : Shabby Quilt said...

What a shame. can you Erewash it and use dye catchers this time, spin dry so not sitting wet. Hope this helps.
I have done this before, and it worked.

Beatrice said...

Hello,
Try basting the Color Catcher sheets to specific areas and wash the quilt again (with a couple extra Color Catchers thrown in, just to be on the safe side). Good luck.
Beatrice.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Try the colour catches...I am sure they will help.....

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Jindi's Cottage said...

Oh No!…hope the colour catchers work...

O'faigh said...

Hi Christine, Coles has the colour catcher sheets where the laundry products are sold...hopefully this will be your solution...Hugs, O'faigh

laurajane said...

Dylon SOS colour run remover,I'm told it's very good.
There are a few different colour run removers out there.
Hope it works for you ,the quilt is too beautiful to be spoiled.x

Maria said...

Hope the colour catchers work for you. Christine.
I know they do when you first wash the quilt. I use them all the time and swear by them

Gina E. said...

Oh s..t. I took 20 years to finish a cross stitch picture and hand washed it in Softly before framing it. The red cotton ran into the white Aida, but I saw it happening and was able to quickly rinse it out. There is a very faint pink stain there that nobody has ever noticed since it was framed, so I don't say anything! But your beautiful quilt, and dye runs in so many sections....WAAAAAAH! I've heard of those dye removers and it sounds like one of them will save your quilt. Fingers crossed!

Nelly Kelly said...

I'm so sorry to see this has happened to you! I see a lot of people suggesting color catchers, and I hope that works for you- but I would suggest that you also look for a product called Synthrapol... It has saved me when this happened to me, it's used to release/discharge dye. Many quilt shops carry it, or you can find it online- it's truly magical!

marina said...

didn't have any advice Christine but so glad so many others have, will definitely take note before washing possible bleeders.
Hope the tips work!

Karen said...

What a disappointment. Such a lovely quilt. I agree with those who have suggested colour catchers. Definitely Google and read about them first. Good luck!

elliek said...

I had a block sent to me that had run and I used a tip from Pauline at Quilter's world. She puts natural yoghurt on the run and leaves it.She puts it on and washes it off until the stain isn't there anymore. I tried it on the block and it worked but I tried it on a run in My Town and it didn't so.... Maybe try it on the back where it isn't so noticeable if it doesn't work. Sad that this has happened though.

Anthea said...

Oh Christine what a sorry situation, but by the looks of so many previous Comments, it seems there can be redemption! Good luck, the quilt is gorgeous and will be restored I'm sure xx