Monday, August 08, 2011

Error

I was in a "finishing" mood this weekend. I counted up my wips, quips, and not-yet-started-but-long-over-due idea thingys, and felt a little overwhelmed. 

My hexagon park quilt (aka hexagon crush) has sat patiently on the shelf since I finished quilting waaaaay back in march. I could say it was waiting for the perfect binding fabric, but I found that back in June. Really, I was slacking. So I quickly finished up the binding on Sunday morning so I could get it in the wash and make use of the lovely sunny day to dry it outside.

This was the biggest mistake I have ever made (in my quilting life). 


I used no less than 6 colour catchers in the wash. But still, my once beautiful striking white quilt is now a dubious shade of pinky-red courtesy of the non-prewashed red backing fabric, from Dunelm. Total error. I could have cried. 

So I have it soaking in cold water, for fear of it drying and setting like that. And I have bought 6 packets of Dylon Colour Run Remover in the hopes that it can be salvaged. Any and all ideas welcome with this one... I fear it may be beyond help!
  




36 comments:

  1. Laura! This may be the saddest thing I have ever heard! I am so sorry as I know the feeling of excitement and pride when you finish a project like this compounded with the anticipation of picking it out of a warm dryer. I don't know what to say.

    I luckily have not had this happen to me, so I do not have a suggestion for you. The dye remover would be my first try too. I look forward to coming back to hear what other folks say.

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  2. Oh my gosh. I feel so BAD for you. I'm not sure I've heard of that brand of fabric, but I do know when I'm suspecious of reds or blacks, I cut a small piece and test it in soap and water. I'm so sorry you didn't.

    There is another remedy that I've read about. Retayne? I know Dharma Trading Company has that and one other.....you might check there online.

    Good luck!

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  3. I just checked at Dharma Trading Company....they have a number of products that might work, and you should even call them for advice.

    If you look online, click on the "Chemicals" entry over on the left.

    dharmatrading.com

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  4. That is awful. When I said I'd never had colours run in a quilt before I was starting from the base point of all the fabrics I use are quilting/designer (call them what you will) fabrics, not non-quilting fabrics. I am really sorry.

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  5. Oh LJ, heartbreaking or what! I hope the dylon works. Fingers, toes and everything else crossed for you. Jxo

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  6. Oh I am so sorry to hear about what happened!! I hope you find something to fix it. Keep us posted!

    Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

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  7. Eek! Hope the Dylon does the trick for you

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  8. Oh Laura, I dont know how you could even bear to tell us, I'd be crying under the duvet (with a big bar of chocolate). I really, really hope the colour run stuff helps. Hugs x

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  9. I'm feeling your panic and sorrow and wish I had something useful to share. But I don't. I'll just grit my teeth and hope that whatever you try works to at least some degree of satisfaction. Let us know as soon as you know.

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  10. I know you must be gutted but I have to say - it looks like a lovely shade of pink. I hope it turns out to make you smile again... I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

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  11. Oh My Gosh, I am crying with you! I made that quilt and it is one of my favorites...I would just die if that happened to one of my quilts...so much for color catchers! I hope you are able to fix it. Please let us know!

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  12. Nightmare!! I held my breath when I washed my stacked coins quilt using Innocent Crush as I backed it with white text fabric. I got lucky and 2 colour catchers were enough to spare me the tears that you're shedding now. I really hope you manage to lift some of the run out of it!! Virtual hugs to you.

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  13. Oh poor you Laura :( that's happened to me, on a quilt I made for my sister in law for Christmas. I used a turquoise flannel sheet thinking it would be really snuggly. It turned my creamy White sashing a peppermint green colour. I was gutted!!! I really hope you can save it, or learn to love the new colour xxxx

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  14. Oh No! I'm so sorry this happened to you. My heart breaks and I hope something works out. ((HUGS))

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  15. I did the exact same thing recently. Unfortunately, I don't have great news. I was able to bleach all the white back to normal, but the red was now a lovely shade of coral. Crap. Then, on my next attempt, I tried color catchers also (like, 6) and it didn't help at all. So I got the color run remover. Now the red is a barf-worthy shade of brown. None of it works. Needless to say, I have learned my lesson (repeatedly) the hard way. Pre-wash reds!!!

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  16. Being the "Pink" person that I am, I think the quilt is perfect!

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  17. Oops! Never trust red!! Looks like your Hexagon Crush has become Strawberry Crush. Very sad and a sick feeling inside I'm sure. I hope some of the colour lifts to where you will be happier with it.

    I don't think it's unattractive actually, just a big contrast to how white it was. It's now your own home dyed fabric too!

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  18. What a tragedy! I would be heartsick. No suggestions. I'm just so very sorry this happened to your beautiful quilt.

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  19. Have you tried OxyClean yet? I'd try it on a spot with a q tip and then test it on some of the other fabrics. You might be surprised.

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  20. Is there a niece/nephew or cousin who would be THRILLED with a pink quilt?

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  21. oh wow, I would probably tear my hair out - I would love to learn what helped - as I have a similar problem on a smaller scale.
    I have a white table runner with colorful batik pinwheels, which I DID prewash and on the first washing the color bled and the tablerunner looks like somebody spilled something yellow/brown/green on it ;(

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  22. I always put 1 cup of salt in when washing a quilt the first time...helps set the colors and you don't need to use those expensive color catcher sheets. I NEVER prewash my fabric, but don't tell anyone ;0) I think it makes it more soft and crinkly coming out of the dryer if you don't!

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  23. I've always wondered if color catchers were the answer for my bad habit of not pre-washing...I never heard of the salt idea-I'll have to try it sometime!

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  24. Since you haven't let it dry, you could try Shout Color Catcher sheets. I have had some success with getting unwanted colors out on a smaller scale.

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  25. I had this happen and decided to do a drastic thing back to my naughty quilt. I bleached it a couple times and found to my suprise the pastel shades where much prettier than the original color choices I started with. It takes a "No Fear" approach!!

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  26. You could 'paint' on the pink with a bleach solution. Add dots, dashes, etc. Might give it a very funky look.

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  27. I like the idea of bleaching it all out and fading it. The weathered and well used look. You won't have what you wanted to start with, but you already don't. You may be able to still get a really nice quilt out of it, just not the colors you originally planned.

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  28. A lot of quilters use Sythrapol when this happens. It is also a Dharma product. After they use the Sythrapol they then wash it it in Retayne to set the color.

    I'm sure it would be best to call the people at Dharma to make sure before you do anything else to the quilt.

    Julie

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  29. Ok now I know this sounds CRAZY but boiling it in dishwasher detergent (Cascade) gets that overdye out. It may be a bit complicated if you don't have a dye vat. Another option that may lighten other fabrics is "Rit Color Remover" (brand name of odium hydrosulfite and you can get it at a craft store or walmart). Read the sizes carefully (its done in weight vs yardage!). It may lighten up the other colors, but It should get that pink out!

    Hope this helps!!

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  30. Honestly I love the way the quilt looks right now! I would use it and enjoy the quilt without a second thought.

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  31. Laura, life's like this! Be careful of any more chemicals because they can combine & make terrible things happen Or: set the colour forever, which is probably what you're looking at anyway. I know a lot of people who make quilts say not to wash your fabrics. This proves the point, if you don't wash them how can you possibly know if this kind of dye run can happen. Even if you just wash a scrap. This happened to me & I was NOT happy. Washed fabrics, here we come. My advice, put it away & one day an idea will come to you & this mistake will be just what you need.OR, overdye it.

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  32. Hi Laura,

    What a disappointment for you. I don't have a suggestion to get correct this (Hopefully one of those posted will work.)

    I do have a suggestion to keep colors from bleeding during washing --Shout Color Catchers. I have used up to three (3) in a load if the colors are particularly deep. They work for me every time. My husband can even wash his jeans and whites together now and not end up with blue underwear.

    Bests,
    Carole B.

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  33. I could cry for you. Hope the colour remover thing-ma-bobs work. All fingers and toes crossed for you here.

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  34. I realize this is way after the fact, but my suggestion works even if it has been dried in the dryer, so I'll offer it anyway. I had the same thing happen on a dr. seuss quilt I made, except the offending fabric was a deep blue. At first I was ready to just give up, but after some googling, I found that soaking in hot (yes, hot!) water will pull out the color. It truly does work. I ran it through the wash at least 10 times in hot water with four or five color catchers each time. I used two boxes of color catchers and almost a full bottle of oxiclean (something else recommended in my research), but my white is as bright as it ever was.

    I forgot to mention that I threw it in the dryer after the first wash without even looking to see if the colors ran, so this was all after it was "set" by the dryer. In retrospect, I would have soaked it in hot water in the bathtub, drained and wrung it out and repeated a few times before I started using oxiclean and color catchers. More dye gets pulled out with each soaking, so I would have waited until the worst was out to start using the stuff that costs money.

    Subsequently, I found out that blue and red are the worst colors for running, so if I'm dealing with those two in combination with white, I do prewash now or at least give it a bleed test.

    How did this turn out? Did you ever get the bleeding out?

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  35. looks like you had great results from the colour run remover, one of my quilts ran a little and I never new about this stuff, am wondering if it would still work. Did you put the cycle on a 60 degree wash like the packet says? as Im reluctant to as it ran with a 30 degree wash initially and im worried it will make it worse on such a hot cycle. danaandlee@hotmail.co.uk

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