I have not been posting lately due to illness. I have had some horrible weeks of pain in my face for almost three weeks now. It doesn't seem to make sense, at first I thought it was my sinuses when I got this cold virus, but I don't think it is. It seems to be related to a nerve pain that is on the right side of my face. I can't eat, I can't sleep and pain killers do very little. I just hope it gets back on track soon.
I thought I would post about an experience I had several weeks ago when I decided to get ready to use some of my Katie Jump Rope fabric by Denyse Schmidt that I have been drooling over for months and months now. I have been very excited about this line of fabric, I love the primary colors that somehow remind me of growing up in the 70's. Luckily, I recently have made it a habit to prewash all the fabrics I use in a quilt. Mainly, I have done this with the purpose of preshrinking, but now I have realized another important reason to prewash! I never would have thought that a quality quilting fabric from Westminster would ever have any issues with the color running!
Here in this photo you can see all the Katie Jump Rope fabrics (minus one) after I washed them all together on a warm cycle in my front loader... The colors look ok, right?
Now, have a look at the yellow dotted fabric I had in the same wash load. Looks a bit grey, right? Well, I was not happy and I wrote to the Denyse Schmidt Studio and sent a swatch of this fat quarter to let them know that their fabric didn't wash well. Imagine how I would have felt if I had made the entire quilt and then washed it! I would have been very sorry indeed!
The Studio wrote me back and thanked me for letting them know about the problem. They sent me a replacement fat quarter and suggested that I use a dye magnet in the washing machine so I wouldn't have problems like this in future. I guess I will, but how many of you out there use a dye magnet when prewashing fabric? Don't you usually assume that a high quality fabric will not run? Anyway, I'm glad they replaced my fat quarter but it does concern me about Westminster's quality control.