Oh my gosh... I have just spent hours appliqueing, embroidering, and quilting this quilt.
How did this happen???? AAAHHHHHHH!!!!!
(Sob...Sob...) What am I gonna do?
I suppose I could unpick the appliques, and start all over......
I just can't leave it here in a watery grave.... Poor Charlie.
I just had to share this story with you. This is so sad.
I finished up Charlie today, and had a massive crisis on my hands in a matter of minutes.
So here it goes - let me explain myself:
Earlier in this quilting process, I removed some blue water soluble marker with some cold water. One of the red fabrics bled into the white. Luckily I noticed before the quilt dried and was able to remove the bleeding by soaking the affected area in a little Tide Vivid.
Thinking nothing of it, I added a little Tide Vivid to the cold water to prevent this from happening again when removing the quilting lines I had made with the blue marker.
In case you didn't know, adding Tide to the water causes the blue lines to turn brown.... and permanent.
After a few hours in a watery grave, and with quite a few tears of frustration,
I found this post posted on Quilters Review.
I am so happy I did! My quilt was still wet - THANKFULLY. I had my husband bring me a gallon of plain white vinegar (he was on his way home). To my surprise, the brown lines started to disappear. At the moment, there is practically no evidence of this horrible disaster!
So remember when using blue water soluble marker...
DON'T PUT ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WATER UNTIL ALL THE BLUE MARKER IS GONE!
A while back I had a major disaster with another quilt of mine - Cherry Tweet. This is a queen sized quilt (also red and white) that I struggled to finish because of the repeating blocks. I find it very challenging to do the same design over and over. I put it in the washing machine. It had been displayed for over a year, and was in need of a bath. When I pulled it out of the machine, there were red bleeding marks everywhere... and they were bad. Like a crazy person, I threw it in the car like a bleeding child. I didn't know what to do, I was in panic mode. I dashed down to the store and got some Shout color catchers, and oxy clean. I rushed back home and threw the wet quilt in the washer with the whole box of color catchers, and half of the oxy clean. When it came out of the washer, all the marks were gone- now mind you I think it is a couple shades lighter now, but at least the red bleeding spots were gone. It was a miracle! So, from my experience, if you have a problem, KEEP YOUR QUILT WET! Once it dries, there is no going back.
I am off to rinse my quilt out. I am sure the vinegar smell will linger for a while; but who cares? I am so glad I saved it! THANK YOU QUILTERS REVIEW!!! I owe you.