First, I want to thank you all for your concern, kind comments, and your suggestions :) I was definitely in a state of disbelief after my "quilt disaster." Here's what I decided to do.
You can see the color change in the upper left and
the streak in the middle where the gold fabrics turned yellow when I
used Color Run Remover.
The most noticeable change was this toile. The original color on the right bled through to the back when I spritzed it with water. I realize now that I should have put the quilt in the washing machine right then and there with some color catcher sheets. But I'm not fond of the laundered look so tried to treat it on my own with a small amount of water. And when that didn't work I used a little Color Run Remover. Big mistake!
It seeped into other parts of the quilt including the pillar print border and the binding.
Becky in VA sent a link to an article by Vicki Welsh Save My Bleeding Quilt. Thank you, Becky! I decided a good soaking
in the tub with Dawn Ultra Pure Essentials dishwashing liquid seemed to
be the safest route to take to release any excess dyes. So I put the
quilt in the tub with plastic lids and containers on top to keep it
submerged. I let it soak for a total of 10 hours and changed the water after the first four even though there was no evidence of any excess dye.
Then I rinsed the quilt in cold water and put it in the washing machine for one full cycle to get rid of any
soap. It's hard to tell in this photo but this was the result after the
soak. Maybe the colors aren't quite as bright as they were in the
pre-soak stage but there's still a noticeable difference.
then re-read the directions on the Carbona Color Run Remover box and
had an a-ha
moment. It became obvious that only the non-colorfast fabrics changed
color while the colorfast ones weren't affected at all. So I thought . .
. what if I
put the quilt in the washing machine with a small amount of CRR to
remove the excess color from those non-colorfast fabrics. That would solve my problem, right?
Not to worry! I didn't do that. But I did email Carbona to ask their opinion. This was their reply:
"The answer to your question is a definite
No, sorry! The Color Run Remover will not give a more uniform look if
you put the whole quilt in the washing machine."
So I've decided to let the quilt sit for a while before I try anything else. All I really want is for the gold fabrics to ultimately look like this one which is now yellow.
This was definitely a hard lesson learned but doesn't every quilt tell a story?
Copyright 2016, Barbara Schaffer