Do Quilt Fabric Colors Run?

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Question Do quilt fabric colors run?

I just bought some quilt fabrics for a couple of crafts and I was wondering if the fabric colors tend to run or are they typically color-safe? I am going to pre-wash in case there's any shrinkage, but since I'm making bibs I wonder if I'll have a problem w/the colors running when they're washed again. I was hoping to minimize the work by washing all of the new fabrics together, but since I have some light colors as well as red I don't want a problem. I hate to run a cycle in the washer with just a tiny amount of fabric in there. Anyone know if quilt fabrics are usually color-safe? Thanks.

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Old 02-28-2010, 10:16 AM

RE: Do quilt fabric colors run?

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Eh, I'm old school I always wash fabric before I use it. I don't tend to put it through the dryer I just iron it dry. Can't say I've ever noticed my quilts running colors.
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Reds, dark blues, dark greens and dark browns tend to run because of the dye used. Cut a 1" swatch and let soak in a bowl of warm soapy water. If the water turns to that color, then wash and use white vinegar in the final rinse.
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Yes! I'm an avid quilter and colors can bleed. If vinegar and water doesn't work, there's a product called Retayne that you can get at the quilt store that works really well. You only need a tiny bit and it will keep the colors from bleeding, but I wouldn't wash them together until you've washed them in this product or are sure they aren't bleeding.
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Most of the quilt fabrics don't usually bleed. However I have run across a few that bled so much I thought murder was committed in the washing machine!! I agree with the Retayne idea. I always wash my fabrics before I use them in a project because there is always a small amount of shrinkage that takes place no matter what type of fabric you use.
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