Fabric Washing – 2018 Update

I keep learning new things! The last time I wrote about fabric washing was in August 2017. (Click here, and on the link in that post, to read about why I always wash my fabric.) Since then I’ve made changes to my washing routine.  FYI: I never use laundry detergent or fabric softeners on my quilts or quilt fabric.

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  • I now use Retro Wash instead of Orvus Paste as the “soap” in the washer. Both work, but Retro Wash is easier to use.

Retro Wash is a powder. The instructions on the package are clear. Use 1 tablespoon per load in a top-loading HE machine. I don’t mix it with water first, but you probably could. I use the same amount of Retro Wash, no matter the size of the load, which might be wrong, but it works for me.

  •  Retayne is the chemical that sets the dye into the fabric. There is new, much improved, information on the label now.

The label says is to use 1 teaspoon of Retayne per yard of fabric in a HE machine, with warm water. It turns out that I wasn’t using near enough Retayne before! I mix the Retayne in a half-cup of water and pour it into the detergent receptacle.

Click here to find Retro Wash and Retayne.

  • Add 1 Color Catcher to pick up excess dye, just because.

Color Catchers catch the excess dye from the water. (I very much suspect that they have Synthrapol in them, but I don’t know that for sure.)

Since I changed my washing routine, the Color Catchers are coming out white, even in dark loads. I am happy!

When I wash quilts, I will use Retro Wash, at least 1 Color Catcher, and Synthrapol. Synthrapol keeps dye that has migrated into the wash water from re-depositing into the fabric. I haven’t done that yet — I’ll let you know when I do.

I do have one more bit of (mildly disturbing) news that I learned from a student who works for US Customs. There’s not a nice way to say it, so here goes: ships, and the containers on them, are often infested with vermin. Who leave droppings. ICK!!!!

I don’t know how fabric is wrapped for travel inside the container. It starts on rolls and later is folded, wound onto cardboard bolts, and then shrink-wrapped in plastic. That might happen here in the US, or overseas. Either way, the contamination is probably small. But still, that got my attention. (FYI: Most of our clothes are also imported so I’m now washing new clothes before I wear them.)

 

Show and Tell

Pam Rubinos sent me an email with two finished quilts. Both are just fantastic!

First up, Aunt Millie’s Garden:

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Pam says:

I finally finished my Aunt Millie’s Garden quilt. I recently entered my Backyard Birds in our Palmetto Quilt Guild quilt show and received an Honorable Mention. My name for this quilt is Not Your Everyday Backyard Birds! because I had so much fun being creative with my birds.  Loved making each quilt. Thank you for your inspiring patterns!

Here is Pam’s version of Backyard Birds. I love everything about both quilts. Thank you, Pam, for sharing!

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Mystery Sale

This mystery package has a value of $55.95 but will be yours for only $25! Click the link or the image to order:

https://www.pieceocake.com/shop/c/p/Mystery-Package-x32215610.htm

Mystery Bundle

It wouldn’t be a mystery if I told you what was inside, but I can tell you that you will be happy when you open it. There are a limited number of packages — when they’re gone, they’re gone.

 

Show and Tell

Marian sent me another picture! The blocks are from our book, Backyard Birds.

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Here’s what Marian said:

These were made by me when I first moved to Africa. I learned so much, like you can have 4 different background fabrics that aren’t matchy-matchy and how soothing hand applique can be. Also, a little whimsy make like more fun. My favorite fabric is the hedgehog leaves.

I really like her background choices, and the fabrics she used around the blocks. Together, they set off the applique perfectly. Thank you, Marian, for sharing you work!