Those of you who read my previous post know that I was terrified that her red-blue-yellow-white quilt would become muddied in the wash. I quaked in fear about “running reds” ruining the cute white fairy theme fabric.
I knew I had to take the plunge and decided to wash it in cold water using the “handwash” setting on my front-loader. I used Ecos unscented detergent, which is supposed to be mild and non-toxic.
Then I got a big scare: when I first pulled the sopping wet quilt from the drum, little red rivulets were running through the white portions of fabric, like this:
I panicked: oh no, red, everywhere! It turned out to have a simple and temporary explanation: the red threads dangling from the red fabric behind the theme print fabric were visible from behind the wet, translucent white. Kind of like a wet white t-shirt, that reveals far too much of what’s underneath! Guess what? Within an hour, you couldn’t see those red threads anymore and white looked white again. Phew!
So in the end it turned out fine, almost as if I had not washed it all, though a little brighter than before. Unfortunately, the “as if I had not washed it” part includes the odd grayish stain: it did not come out. I’m beginning to wonder if the fabric was slightly burned by the nightlight?
In any event, it’s nice to know that today’s red quilting cotton fabric doesn’t always run like crazy, a great fear of mine after hearing a few quilting-with-red disaster stories. If you have red tales to tell, share them with me!