Ok, so I am not a prewasher. And the unthinkable has happened, thankfully to one of my own quilts.
I was spritzing the top to get out my quilting marks, and 2 of my many deep purple grapes bled onto the white background. Considering that I got out aqua permanent Sharpie from my Italian floor quilt, I have not really started to panic.
But this is a problem. I need to do 2 things. First, get the bleed out. Then second, set the fabrics so there won't be more bleeding. I have to wet the entire quilt eventually to block it afterall. I have read about Synthropol as being good to pretreat fabrics with. It will keep the dyes suspended in water, rather than allowing them to settle into the fibers. I also read about Retayne, which would have been a good think to wash the fabrics in initially, as it sets colors. I don't want to use it now until the bleed areas are gone. I guess.
All I have done so far is coat the affected areas with my Tide to Go pen. I need to pick up some color catchers.
Please, if you have suggestions of what I should do please tell me and explain why your solution is the best approach.
Back to prewashing...Do you prewash? Seems more and more people do not. With the advent of fat quarters, who wants to wash these small pieces of fabric that just turn into a mass of ravels??