Last Friday, there was a discussion around the quilt frame about washing fabric. I suggested that it is always a good idea to wash fabrics with intense colours.
I usually try to wash my fabric as soon as it comes in the door, these days. However, when I first started my fabric collection, I was not so careful.
I finished my bag front yesterday, and this morning was looking for something to use for the back of the bag.
Since I used royal blue for the border on the front, I wanted some more royal blue.
I came up with a batik fat quarter in the same royal blue. However, it obviously hadn't been washed, so I threw it in a sink of hot water.
This is what happened as soon as I dropped it in. The water is a great match for the fabric on the front. I think I may need to rinse this, a few more times to get all the excess dye out. I will then iron it dry to heat set the colour.
So for those that asked, I always wash my fabric.