Do you remember the commissioned baby quilt I made for my friends? Well, I had just enough fabric cut, but left over, to make one more block. I thought I would stitch it together and make a mini for their nephew's teddy. It's quick. It's easy. It's rewarding. I dove in.
It was pieced in no time and was hand quilted while watching movies over Christmas. The borders and back were even scraps from the baby quilt. The only thing I had to cut "fresh" was another stirp of binding. The perfect holiday project.
And then.... I washed it.
I knew the colors in the quilt didn't run so I wasn't all that worried about it. I tossed it into my normal weekly wash of colored clothes with one color catcher (old habits die hard) and didn't give it a second thought.
When I pulled the laundry out, though, the color catcher was dark dark grey and my mini was ruined. Grrr.... I have no idea what ran in my laundry as there are no new clothes in there, but something did. The two white prints in the star (and the back) are now the color of Kona Ash and the white bubbles in the orange border a light grey.
What's interesting is that the Kona background didn't pick up the grey like the Mixed Bag Moda prints did. They must be treated differently in manufacturing. I did wash it a second time with a light bleaching agent with no luck.
Live and learn. I should have known better.