Quilting Emergency [updated]

Ok – need some help here quickly:

I was washing a new quilt and the dark color bled onto the light color through the back. The light pieces on the front seem to be fine, but the muslin on the back shows bleed-through centering at the stitching (through the dark pieces). I have washed it in Oxy-Clean, hand spotted and washed with Oxy-Clean, Hydrogen Peroxide, Zout and some very dilute bleach water (very, very carefully and I’m not comfortable with it). Some progress has been made but it’s still there.

Anyone with any experience here…HELP!!!

UPDATE: I finally gave up on all of the sissy stuff and used 50% bleach water in a squirt bottle. I squirted it on the necessary areas and let it sit for about a minute, then doused it with water. I did this for about an hour or so, moving to different areas and wringing it out as needed. I finally wrung the whole thing out and dumped it in a tub of water to sit for 20 minutes, then wrung it out again. I put it in the washer on rinse and spin and held my breath (well, not literally). When I took it out Father and I examined it in good light and determined that it was pretty good and the dark pieces were only very, very slightly faded – not really noticeable unless you knew the original. I popped it in the dryer where it is now. Merciful heavens. I’ve been working on this with a few short breaks since 5:00 – 4 1/2 hours ago.

2 thoughts on “Quilting Emergency [updated]

  1. Ooh I'm Soo Sorry you had to deal with that. I'm glad you managed though. My grandmother always told me to wash my quilts with 1-2 cups of white vinegar (depending on the tone of the darkest fabric)- or anything that would bleed. I've been known to wash red with white, and NOT have pink with the vinegar trick.


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