First off, I am sorry to have ignored blogging over the past few days. I was traveling for work and just could not get the time to write (or stitch) anything while I was gone. So, I am happily home and back to the norm.
As you may know, I have been SLOWLY starting an Irish Chain using a pattern from the Moda Bake Shop. I have a very white Kona fabric as the background, which was recently cut into strips. I thought I would start cutting the batiks and sewing this weekend, but then I listened to Hip To Be A Square on Friday when Flying. Pam has recently finished a quilt that used batiks and had a small problem with the color running.
I have never used batiks before and I am not a pre-washer (gasp!!), so I thought I had better rinse mine before they bled all over my nice white background. And so I did...
I also tossed in three Color Catchers because I was a bit nervous. They turned brilliantly purple! Thank goodness I did.
So, here is the question for the batik-users out there: Am I OK with one wash or do I need to wash them again? How do I ensure they will not run when the final quilt is washed? Are there tricks to working with these fabrics? Any hints you may have are absolutely welcome.