I’ve been making sterling progress on my M & Ms challenge quilt. Once I pieced and quilted it, I decided to eliminate a little waviness along the edges by blocking it. So, out came the water spray bottle and the T pins.
After spraying the quilt’s edges I pinned the quilt to the carpeting in the spare bedroom and left it to dry for a few days. When I returned to unpin it I noticed, to my horror, that the green fabric had bled a bit into the white background.
Now, the quilting world is divided into those who pre-wash fabric and those who don’t. I’m of the former school, mostly because that’s the way I started and I don’t want to combine washed and non-washed fabric. And there have been times when the extra step has paid off.
To return to that green fabric, it’s a piece of hand dyed fabric I was given. Since I rinse/wash/rinse my hand dyes I made the assumption everyone did the same. I didn’t wash it before use. Oops.
The bleeding might not have shown up on another color background, but on white you have no margin for error.
After the first wave of dismay passed I began to think about how to fix this. I rejected bleaching as in the past I’ve made the original problem worse using that method.
Finally I decided to paint over the area with white fabric paint. Out came my trusty Jacquard textile paints and a thin paint brush. Careful daubing covered the bleed.
Is it perfect? No, but unless you’re less than about six inches away from the quilt you can’t really see the repair.
Disaster averted? Well, the green did bleed through to the backing a bit, but I’ll cover that up with the hanging sleeve.
If you have other, better ways of dealing with this kind of mess please let me know. I’m sure I’ll need that information in the future.