Frost Filigree - Color Bleed

Frost Filigree {Color Bleed}

There are several reasons I haven’t been making progress on my Frost Filigree quilt top. One is that I’ve been busy behind the scenes working on a few fun things (a collaboration that I’ll be able to share with you next week and finalizing the design for my next quilt along – Quilting Jetgirl Patrons will get the details about the next QAL design next month!). Another is that there are a few very small areas on the quilt top where there has been a bit of bleeding from one red fabric onto the white background fabric.

Frost Filigree - Color Bleed

Frost Filigree – Color Bleed

The good news is that the areas are VERY small (see inside the blue zone in the photograph above), not every seam has bleeding, and, even better news, only one of the red fabrics bled.

Frost Filigree - Color Bleed After Stain Removal Work

Frost Filigree – Color Bleed After Stain Removal Work

The other good news is that using a small Tide stain remover stick and a lot of patience, I was able to make one of the areas much better (shown above).

I counted, and I have a total of 3 areas I want to work on. To keep things from possibly bleeding onto another section of the quilt (my worst nightmare), I will work on one spot at a time and let it dry before moving on to the next.

I also need to spend some quality time with my snips to trim back any red fabric that might show through to the front of the quilt (work to reduce shadowing). None of this work should be problematic, but it seems tedious enough that I keep putting off making any forward progress with it! I suppose if I just put on a podcast it would be done fairly quickly. Do you have any strategies for working through the messy middle of a project like this?

5 thoughts on “Frost Filigree {Color Bleed}

  1. My only strategy I can think of is setting it aside for a few days while I pout and ponder the fix. Ha! Good idea using the Tide stick. Glad the bleeding was from only one red, but still not something you want to happen. It’s so easy to assume fabrics are colorfast now.

  2. Paula Messier says:

    Yvonne what will happen when the quilt is washed? I’d be aggida about that for sure!

    1. I’m not too worried about that as there are good options for washing. I’ll use synthrapol and color catchers when I wash it for the first time. And I’ll make sure to check over the entire quilt while it is still wet before drying it. If there is any bleed, I can work on those areas while they are still wet (which is much easier than the situation I’m in now).

  3. Suzanne G. says:

    Years ago, before I knew to wash my quilting fabrics before cutting, I was making a quilt which had a strong red fabric against off-white, when I accidentally dropped a tiny bit of water right on the red/white seam line. I blotted it right away but it still bled. Out of pure desperation, I dipped a q-tip in peroxide, touched it to the fabric where it was now pink, then put a pressing cloth over the area and carefully pressed with a medium hot iron at the area of the bleed. And to my surprise it actually worked pretty well. I have no idea if this would work again as I’m sure it might depend on the fabric(s), had it been washed first, differences in iron settings (some hotter than others), etc.,` but it did work that time.
    Just thought I’d pass this along.

  4. Elizabeth E. says:

    Ugh–such a pain when this happens, but I’m happy you are able to take care of it. This is one reason why I switched to Painter’s Palette fabrics: little or no bleeding. Dave and I were discussing the discontinuation of formaldehyde as a dye fixative, and told him that for several years, quilters were quite frustrated by the lack of a good dye fixative for reds. At that time, I threw out most of my red fabrics, and started again. Sorry about the bleeding, but glad you were able to get it back to ground zero.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)