In a previous post, I talked about making a quilt using the store’s Northcott Sesquicentennial Challenge block.  The quilt was pieced, quilted and bound and then washed it to remove the water soluable marking pen.  But the red dye ran all over the cream fabrics 🙁

Luckily, I did not put in the dryer but hung it to dry.  (The heat from the dryer will set the colour and then you are really hooped!)  After an investigation on Google and talking with a local quilting teacher, I tried to remove the colour using the synthrapol method.

Well, I’m happy to report that the synthrapol method WORKED!  Hallelujah!

I ran the hottest water from the faucet until there was about 10cm or 4″ of water in the bathtub.  I stirred in 3 tablespoons of synthrapol as per instructions then immersed half the quilt.  I wanted to try half the quilt so I could display a before and after effect.  After a couple of hours soaking, I drained the tub of the resulting pink water and rinsed out the quilt.  Then I hung the quilt to dry.  Check out the before and after below!

(It is much more dramatic in person.)

Another product that I was told that works well is Breezy Colour Absorber sheets.  They are sheets that I could have added to the washing machine when removing the water soluable marks.  They sound handy to have when you wash your new pair or jeans!

So there you have it.  Lesson learned.  Have you had success in removing colour bleed?  What did you use?

BTW, both the synthapol and the Breezy sheets are available in the store or on our online store under the notions tab.