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« on: July 24, 2009 03:16:38 PM »

Not really thinking, I chose to quilt my next quilt with red thread (Coats cotton hand quilting, Art S980).  I'm already a significant way through the quilt, and only just thought about the fact that the red might bleed when washed . . . boyfriend is extremely allergic to dust mites, so our bedding needs to be washed somewhat frequently, and I'd rather not destroy the quilt as soon as I'm finished.  The binding will also be red (Wrights cotton-poly double fold, Brick--I think the dye lot is 706 087).

Does anyone have any experience with washing either of these, or any tips for washing?  Our laundry service is limited to the nearby laundromat, so our options are cold-delicate, perm press, warm or hot.

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I've become very attached to the quilt-as-you-go method, it's much easier on my wrist, and in general easier to work with.  Bonus points if you can figure out what pattern I got my inspiration from!
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2009 05:57:01 AM »

You know, I have never once had a good quality thread bleed. (The 50c stuff from Ikea sometimes does, but whatever, I use it for basting.)

That being said, the first few times just wash it on cold with one of those dye magnet sheets, run an extra spin cycle (or two.. my building's industrial machine lets me do that, so I think most laundromats should), and let it air dry. If you don't see any visible evidence of bleed at that point, I'd say you're good.
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