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



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!