|My Freshly Bathed Jingle Applique Blocks This Morning. So Far, So Good!|
I struggled with many of the pieced blocks for this project, too. My seam ripper and I became besties, but I persevered and ended up with an assortment of blocks that I was really happy with. Seriously, I must have had at least a hundred hours of time invested in these blocks by this point. You can read through the trials and tribulations of this project in my older posts about it by clicking here.
|My Jingle BOM WIP, Last On the Design Wall in June of 2014|
|Pink Selvages?! NOOOOOO!!!!! MURDER, She Wrote!!!|
|Hidden Away For Four Long Years|
There are quite a few methods out there on the Internet for addressing the problem of excess dye leaching out of quilting cottons when wet, everything from Color Catcher laundry sheets to Synthrapol and other chemical fixatives. My blogging buddy Karen at Quilts... etc. recommended Vicki Welsh's Save My Bleeding Quilt method using ordinary Dawn liquid dish soap, and that's the method I'm using on my Jingle blocks right now.
|Can Vicki's Method Save My Bleeding Quilt Blocks?|
Notice that's TWO bottles of Dawn, each of them 21.6 oz, for just $12 and free shipping with Amazon Prime. And that's ALL I needed for this method - no Synthrapol, no vinegar, no Retayne, no Color Catchers. It's cheap and it does the job, leaving more money in my pocket for fabric shopping.
Vicki's Save My Bleeding Quilt tutorial walks you through her process for dealing with dye that's bleeding on a finished quilt, and she recommends a 12-hour soak in a bathtub full of hot, soapy Dawn dish water. Since my quilt blocks haven't been assembled into a top yet, much less quilted, I was able to use a dishpan instead. First I soaked my 8 applique blocks together. I put them in their hot bath first thing in the morning, and left them there until after dinner time:
|Applique Blocks After a 12-Hour Soak|
|First Bloodbath Finished!|
|These Blocks Survived Their Bloodbath!|
So, feeling greatly encouraged, I set up another boiling, soapy bloodbath for the nine pieced blocks after dinner. This time, the red dye started to leach out into the bathwater right away.
|AHA! Pink Bathwater!!|
|Good Morning, Blood Bath!|
|Post Blood Bath, Drying On the Towel|
The thing is, I thought for SURE that one of my red batik fabrics was the bloody culprit, either the fabric I used for my stuffed berries or one of the batiks that I used for my red cardinals. But if that was true, I should have seen red dye running in the applique blocks' bath water. I only saw green dye in that bath. It was the pieced blocks' bathwater that turned pink from loose red dye. I am such a sleuth, you guys. I feel like Nancy Drew!
|Nancy Drew and the Case of the Bleeding Quilt Fabric|
|Hoffman Winter Magic, How Could You Betray Me?|
By the way, I sat down at the computer to write this "quick" blog post update at 8 AM, and have only stepped away from the computer to make tea, throw the tennis ball for my dogs for a bit, and to check on my soaking quilt blocks. It's NOON already... Ah, the SHAME!!! Just think how much sewing I could get done if I didn't feel compelled to chronicle every single step on this blog!
Today I'm linking up with:
· Needle and Thread Thursday at http://www.myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/