Red fabric that fades.....
I make quilts for charity and someone gave me about 4 yards of pretty solid red fabric. I washed the fabric twice using detergent plus Oxy-Clean and added vinegar to the rinse water, however it faded so bad the water was very red both times.
Next I soaked the fabric in a bucket of strong cold salt water for 24 hrs. Washed with detergent plus Oxy-Clean and vinegar in the rinse. Believe it or not,the fabric still looks bright red.
Next I covered ironing board with brown paper and ironed the fabric using steam. Red did not transfer onto the brown paper. Also used a wet white paper towel and rubbed on the fabric, no sign of red on the paper towel.
Now, my question! Do you think it is safe to use the fabric in quilt tops and it not fade?
I really do not believe charity quilts other than those for babies find their way into a washing machine very often, but if one did I would hate for the red to ruin the quilt or other items in same wash load.