Friday, 14 March 2014

"Good Night" finished

At the weekend I finally finished adding the binding to my Good Night quilt for my youngest grandson. 








But before we got to this point ...

Here follows a Cautionary Tale.

Seven o'clock Monday morning it went into the washing machine together with all the colour catchers I had. Five of them - a whole packet.


50 minutes later ... Oh dear!


very darkafter I wash cycle without detergent 

Colour Catchers all dark blue, label dirty grey instead of off-white, yellow stars smudgy.

8 o'clock and the local supermarket doesn't open until 9:30 on Mondays. But when it did I was there. Armed with a new packet of Dylon colour catchers (5 per packet) and two packets of Vanish Colour protectors (20 per packet)  I furiously cycled home.

Reloaded the machine with quilt and 5 Vanish protectors. 





50 minutes later:


still dark
after the second wash cycle


Reloaded the machine with quilt and another 5 Vanish protectors. 

50 minutes and 15 colour catching protecting cloths later.


good enough
after 3 wash cycles

The last batch of colour protectors were just pale blue, but the label is still grey.

Moral of this tale: 
A narrower than usual single-bed-sized quilt with a lot of dark blue batik needs at least 15 colour catching protecting cloths in it's pre-use rinse.

Linking up to Quilt Matters for  Thank goodness it's finished Friday, so hop over there to see what others have finished this week.

Happy Sewing

Marly.

3 comments:

Vireya said...

Very interesting. I've never used the colour catchers - in fact I've never seen them in the supermarket, but they may be there. I've just never looked for them. But I have thrown out fabric that kept running even after 3 or 4 washes.

Your grandson's starry quilt looks very good!

Alycia said...

Oh my.... that is a tale! Glad you were able to soak up the blues though!

M-R Charbonneau said...

Whoa, that's a lot of colour catchers! So glad they worked in the end. Beautiful quilt, Marly. The colours remind me of Van Gogh's Starry Night. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!