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As a quilter, one of my fears is colour bleeding in a quilt. A quilt takes hours and hours to complete and can be quickly ruined in a wash if the darker dyed fabrics bleed onto the white fabrics. Sadly, I learnt this the hard way when I first started this craft.
When I was approached to try out Colour Catchers in my wash, I was excited. Yes, really. I was excited by the thought of heading into my laundry and doing some washing.
Before I go any further, I have to admit that washing quilts is a completely different thing to regular washing. It’s like ironing. How awful is it to iron clothes? Yet I’d happily sit there and iron pretty fabrics and quilt blocks for hours.
Colour Catcher is a product which prevents colour from running in washing machine cycles and allows coloured and whites being washed together. The colour catcher sheet attracts the excess dyes (from the dark fabrics) released during the washing process and absorbs them, before they have the ability to transfer onto the lighter fabrics.
At the end of the wash the sheets change colour giving the proof of the dye absorption, while the white (or light fabrics) remain white and bright.
I put my newest quilt into the washing machine. It is my Bohemian Star quilt which just arrived back home after it’s photo shoot and appearance in the latest Down Under Quilts magazine. It’s a queen size quilt and will live on the bed in the guest bedroom.
I added a little bit of washing powder and popped the Colour Catcher sheet into the washing machine.
Hold my breath. Power on. Press start. Time to test whether this little sheet would keep all of those red and blue print fabrics from bleeding into the white fabric… and ruining my quilt.
I did a quick wash and when I heard the machine beep that it had finished I was there in a flash, getting that wet quilt out of the machine and spread open to see what had happened. To my relief it all looked okay so I popped it into the dryer to spin and get all lovely and fluffy and crinkly.
And then I got the colour catcher out from the bottom of the washing machine, where it was waiting patiently for me. And all I could think was “wow”.
I was amazed. Absolutely thrilled that this little white sheet, did it’s job and caught all of red and brown dyes before they could attach themselves to the white fabric.
Quilters – you must get yourselves a pack of Colour Catchers. They will save a lot of heart ache (and even tears). Really!
Visit the Colour Catcher page on Facebook - the 'Where to Buy' tab that includes all the stockists nationwide.
For the chance to win one of 10 x Colour Catcher packs, tell me:
What is your worst washing (laundry) incident?
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