…you find out that you can make a rookie mistake. I've been working on a quilt for a magazine. It's all red and white prints, it's cute. I was about to start piecing the borders night before last when I noticed a little blood spot.
I know that your own spit is the best blood remover so I put it my mouth and tried to 'soak' it out. It barely worked so I mixed up a small bowl of water and Oxi-Clean and let it soak. That helped a lot. After soaking I rinsed the block, pinned it up on my design wall and forgot about it.
Yesterday I was about to trim the block to size when I realized that the red dots that were wet when I put the block back up on the wall had bled. Oh my. There was a lovely hot pink halo around them. What to do?
I put the block in my washer (it's big, 32 x 32 before trimming) in cold water with more Oxi-Clean. I let it soak a bit, I hand agitated it and luckily the hot pink halos went away. I pulled it out of that water and rinsed it in the sink and then washed it in the washer on the gentle cycle with Orvus Paste and two Color Catchers. I ironed the block dry because I darned sure didn't want the dye to run again.
Here's what I ended up with. The blood spot is still there, but not as bad as it was. The white in the background seems to have a very subtle pink caste to me, but there you go. I think I may be the only one who will see it when it's all done. At this point I'm just very thankful that I'm not going to have to remake the block.
As many of you know, I always wash and dry my fabric. I've used Oxi-Clean in this manner before. The rookie mistake was not checking the block as it was drying. I hope I don't do that again!