The store is participating in the Northcott Sesquicentennial Quilt Block challenge as stated in a previous post. Our block has a very graphic look with 4 angled coloured stripes against a creamy background giving it a very modern feel. I was inspired to use JUST this block to make into a quilt. (By using just one block design, it is not eligible for the quilt challenge) So I made 6 blocks sewn in a 2 by 3 block formation (rotating the squares) with a red blender border, all fabrics from the Northcott sesquicentennial line.
Most quilters that I have met do not pre-wash their fabric before using them in a quilt. Part of this argument is that the fabric in quilt kits are pre-cut so it would be difficult to pre-wash small pieces of fabrics.
Another reason is the sizing gives the fabric a crisp hand making it easier to cut and piece. Also, the slight shrinking of the fabric after being quilted gives the quilt an antique look.
Being primarily a fashion sewist, this goes against one of the first sewing rules I ever learnt. Afterall, who wants to finish a garment only for it to shrink in the sleeves or hem! But do as the Romans, so I cut and pieced the quilt without pre-washing.
For the actual quilting, I wanted to keep the graphic feel, so drew straight lines parallel to the coloured strips with a water soluable pen. I quilted away, patting myself on the back for completing this quite quickly. Pretty soon, all the quilting was done and the binding was attached. Next, removal of the penned quilting lines. I started by spritzing water using a spray bottle. But I quickly found my hand seizing up with the constant compression of the spritzer. How to remove the lines in one fell swoop? Put the quilt in the washing machine on rinse cycle only which will also spin out the excess water. So easy, right?
Well, I jinxed myself. After the machine had finished the spin cycle, I pulled the quilt out and lo and behold, I now have a PINK quilt! Merde!
I hung the quilt to dry, as the heat from the dryer will set the colour, and ran to Mr Google to find out how to remove colour bleed. Obviously I’m not the only one to have done this as there are many sites dedicated to this subject but they all have varying answers and results. I happened to catch a quilt instructor at the store and after discussing the problem with her, have decided to try the synthropol method first. I will report back the results after the experiment.
So, has this happened to you? Did you manage to resolve the situation? What did you do that worked for you?