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    Hello! I need your advice. I was given an antique quilt top. The fabric we purchased for the back is a medium blue (a little darker) print thatís 108Ē wide. I have washed it 3 times and my color catchers are still coming out a robins egg blue. I dont want to spend the money to have this machine quilted only to have it ruined in the wash. The first two times I washed it in warm water to try and get as much extra die out as possible. The last time I washed it in Woolite in cold water and itís still bleeding. Iím rinsing it in white vinegar water which I thought would help set the color. The fabric was quite expensive. The front is an off white with 30Ēs prints in a wedge/Dresden pattern. Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance. I figured if anyone would know what to do, you guys would!
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    Judy V.

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    Wow! after 3washings it should be set. Are you drying it in the dryer in between?

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    There are products called Retyane and Rit Die Fixative that I would try, one or the other. Unfortunately, vinegar does not work particularly well with cotton dies. I would try the fixatives, and if in doubt I would not use this backing for this antique quilt. I know you have a lot invested now, but it seems risky on an antique. In my experience, some fabric dies never seem to completely "set". Both these fixatives are the best choices I know of. Good luck, sorry this is happening to you.

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    try all those suggestions. then wash with something white to see if colors grab onto it. I also use color Catchers with some quilts. i have one on my bed now with a dark backing that always wants to give off a bit of color. my front comes out fine though. Good luck.

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    boil the backing in a LARGE kettle of water with a "goodly" amount of salt in it. Always works on my red material.
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    I would throw in a piece of white cloth, a white towel, or some whitey tidies. see if those turn blue. The color cathers are made to catch color where fabrics are not. I would also set the color with a vinegar wash. If you have a low fill washing machine, take the fabric to the laudromat to a fully filling washing machine.
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    No. I have been laying it flat to dry. Do you think the dryer would help? It sure sets stains in so maybe it would set the color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldsewer View Post
    There are products called Retyane and Rit Die Fixative that I would try, one or the other. Unfortunately, vinegar does not work particularly well with cotton dies. I would try the fixatives, and if in doubt I would not use this backing for this antique quilt. I know you have a lot invested now, but it seems risky on an antique. In my experience, some fabric dies never seem to completely "set". Both these fixatives are the best choices I know of. Good luck, sorry this is happening to you.
    I will give one of those a try. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammaterry View Post
    Wow! after 3washings it should be set. Are you drying it in the dryer in between?
    I haven’t been putting it in the dryer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deegles View Post
    I would throw in a piece of white cloth, a white towel, or some whitey tidies. see if those turn blue. The color cathers are made to catch color where fabrics are not. I would also set the color with a vinegar wash. If you have a low fill washing machine, take the fabric to the laudromat to a fully filling washing machine.
    My machine is an HE front loader so now that you say that, it makes sense. All 3 washes were with the extra rinse cycle but my washer doesn’t use a lot of water. Thanks!

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