|Anders Finished his First Quilt Top!|
So, that's the success. Now for the disaster!
I tried to remain calm. Perhaps there was just some excess dye in the fabric initially that was rinsed away when I prewashed it? Maybe the fabric would be okay now? To test this, I put some boiling water into a Pyrex cup and dropped snips of the suspected culprit fabrics into the water. Unfortunately, when the water cooled down and I removed the fabric scraps, the water was definitely pink. Now, I would never wash a quilt in boiling hot water, and maybe the dye behaves better in cold water, but do I really want to invest another hundred hours or so before I find out?
|Bleeding Bird and Berry Batiks :-(|
|Ugly Test Rag|
And if it turns out that one or both of these batiks or other fabrics is NOT just fine? Well, that means hours spent with a seam ripper attempting to unpick my miniscule applique stitches without ripping through my block backgrounds, and completely remaking every single bird and berry in different fabrics, as well as taking apart and remaking every pieced block that contains these fabrics. Hence the DESPAIR.
The only upside here is that, by discovering the problem at this point in the project, I still have the ability to remove the offending fabric without the entire project being ruined. I haven't been able to bring myself to wash that test rag yet, though -- I need time to emotionally prepare in case the experiment does not go well.
Meanwhile, I'm still working away at the center applique medallion, which looks like this right now:
At least I haven't made the berries for the medallion yet.
Well, I'm linking up to Judy's Design Wall Monday over at Patchwork Times, and I encourage you to check out all the other links to see what everyone else is up to this week. If anyone reading this has any suggestions about my bleeding batik dye problem, please let me know in the comments.