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    Default How do I prevent precuts from bleeding?

    I'm making the "Square in a Square" pattern using batiks and solid white fabrics. It will be used on a twin bed. The pattern calls for a charm pack, a jelly roll, and a honey bun. I'm going to substitute white yardage for the honey bun and plan to wash it before piecing it. I won't pre-wash the precuts. However, I'm concerned that the batiks will bleed onto the white yardage once it is washed. This is the first time I'm using batiks. I was thinking of using color catchers the first time I wash it, but have never used them before. How many should I use? Should color catchers be used with the first few washes? Has anyone used color catchers and still had bleeding? Any other suggestions?

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    Default Re: How do I prevent precuts from bleeding?

    I prewash all my yardage with color catchers and have had no problems, and always wash the completed item with them as well. I don't use alot of precuts, but haven't had any trouble when I have.
    Quilts may come, and quilts may go, but the stitches stay the same.

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    Default Re: How do I prevent precuts from bleeding?

    I never wash precut. I have had great success using color catchers in the wash after completing my projects. If the colors are red or extremely dark with whites, I use 2 color catchers. I gift another 1-2 color catchers with the gift with instructions for the next wash. I have never had any bad issues.

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    Default Re: How do I prevent precuts from bleeding?

    I don't prewash. on my pinwheel quilt that was vibrant batiks and white, it took about four washings with a new color catcher each time before the colors stayed put.
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    Default Re: How do I prevent precuts from bleeding?

    I agree. Those color catchers are wonder workers. I've used batiks with solid whites too.

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    Default Re: How do I prevent precuts from bleeding?

    How did you know to wash it a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time with a color catcher?

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    Default Re: How do I prevent precuts from bleeding?

    I just made a batik quilt with dark blue and some very light beiges. I didn't want to prewash so I just tossed the whole thing in the wash with 3 color catchers. They came out kind of blue but not too bad. I told the recipient to wash it with color catchers the first few times. You can just wash it with a few color catchers until they come out white (or nearly) white. Or you can let the recipient do it.
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    Default Re: How do I prevent precuts from bleeding?

    And don't use hot water. It isn't necessary unless the quilt has been exposed to Typhoid or some such.

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    Default Re: How do I prevent precuts from bleeding?

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltPAC View Post
    How did you know to wash it a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time with a color catcher?
    I did a test with red fabric and you can see the difference. I stopped at two washings, because I was just curious how well they worked.


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    Default Re: How do I prevent precuts from bleeding?

    I keep tossing a color catcher in with each wash until a color catcher the dyes no longer bleed into the color catcher. So far I haven't had to do it more than 3 times max.

    Women are Angels.
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