The Obama quilt was washed today… all day long. I followed the directions from a quilter/hand dyer that I have a lot of trust and respect for… Vicki Welch. I followed her directions from her blog to a T, and added color catchers to the mix for good luck. The quilt passed inspection after washing and is now in the dryer. but I wanted to share a picture of the color catchers with you, and I hope you will take a good look at them. Click on the photo to enlarge, please.
All fabric used in the quilt was supposed to have been prewashed before using. Several quilters have admitted that they didn’t prewash. Do you see the color in the picture? Those color catchers are sitting on my WHITE WASHING MACHINE. The color catchers grab loose dye in the water and hold on to it. If they weren’t in there, guess where the loose dye would have gone? Yup, on the quilt.
This is why I always, always, always prewash my fabrics. I don’t allow any fabrics that haven’t first met Mr. Washer and Mr. Dryer to enter my sewing area.
Please do yourself a favor… ALWAYS PREWASH! It doesn’t hurt you.
It helps you and your finished product.