by pennyhal2 25 Apr 2022

I washed a quilt and saw that one place in it color was transferred to the fabic it layed on after the wash cycle. Actually, I can't tell if the color was trasferred or crocked. It's not heavily stained, more like a noticeable shadow.


If the color bled, the color would have transferred to the entire quilt. I have a new washing machine and it does not use the same amount of water as the old one. I think what happened is that in the washing, since there was not enough water for the whole quilt to freely move around as in the old machine, this one place stayed in contact with the same spot the entire washing time.

Now, I'm afraid to wash my quilts! Do you think that if I put one of those "dryer balls" that are used to help prevent wrinkles and get even drying would help?

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by joannethesewinglady 26 Apr 2022

I'm so sorry to hear that this happened to you. It seems to occur on some the cottons these days. The dryer balls only soften the fabric. I would try the OxyClean, it works on most fabrics. As a precaution, I wash ALL my quilting fabrics with a colour catcher sheet (Shout or Dr. Breckmanns) or 2 before proceeding to a project. I can't say happy I am that I did. My washer and dryer is the HE drum that uses less water and the colour catcher sheets do a fantastic job. You'll be surprised by the results.

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by sebsews 26 Apr 2022

Sorry, this has happened to you. I now use a color catcher sheet by Shout when I think a color will bleed. I also have one of those newer machines, I always use the deep fill water level. I would prefer the older type machines with agitator, soak, and let me choose the water level. I hope you get the spot out. Hugs, Suzanna

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 26 Apr 2022

I use the deep fill level. Then one day, I took a flashlight and look into the machine and it was not filled anywhere near full. Maybe my machine is defective?

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by mrskiki 26 Apr 2022

Does your washing machine have a cycle for "bulky/bedding"? If so use that for times when you want the machine to fill up with a lot of water. For the spot, try spritzing with a small amount of oxyclean diluted with water. Hugs. Nan W

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by asterixsew Moderator 26 Apr 2022

Heavens above, well I don’t think I would put a quilt which I presume is handmade in a washing machine. The comes the thought how does one clean it? A interesting question

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by toogie 25 Apr 2022

I don’t have any idea but I do know I don’t like the new washing machines.

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