Welcome to QuilTips! In honor and memory of my wife, Shirley, who bought The Quilt Works Inc. in 1985, and from whom I learned so much, there will be a QuilTip for every letter of the alphabet. This week’s letter is C for “Shout® Color Catcher®.”
All of us at The Quilt Works Inc. are always on the lookout for tips and tricks that can help us be more successful quilters—and help us help our customers, too! One of the more common experiences that frustrates quilters is the problem of bleeding—when a darker dye color invades a lighter color nearby. Luckily, we’ve discovered that using Shout® Color Catcher® is a fine way to keep quilting fabrics in Albuquerque, NM from being damaged by bleeding. Shout® Color Catcher® works by catching the dyes before they bleed into light-colored patches.
How we made this discovery
At The Quilt Works Inc., we’re very committed to giving back to the community and helping those in need, and we’re lucky to be able to put our talents into doing something that’s both highly enjoyable and very helpful: making quilts! Recently, while we were working on some quilts for charity, we realized we had some blocks with “older” fabrics, and there was some concern that some of the colors might bleed into the lighter-colored fabrics in nearby patches.
The charity for whom we were quilting requires that we wash quilts prior to donation. We had three new quilts ready to go, so when it came time to wash them, we placed a sheet of Shout® Color Catcher® in the washing machine with each quilt. What happened was eye-opening, and couldn’t have been more apparent. Each sheet emerged as a lovely shade of red! In other words, the red dyes that would likely have otherwise been taken up by the lighter-colored fabrics in the quilts wound up being captured by the sheets of Shout® Color Catcher® instead.
So, how did the quilts turn out? Great! They came through the washing without any noticeable discoloration in the lighter fabrics, which we think it’s safe to say would not have been the case without Shout® Color Catcher®. Best of all, they’re now in the hands of people who need them.
Quilting fabrics, supplies, tips and more
One of the best things about working at The Quilt Works Inc. is that we have the opportunity to interact with so many friendly, curious quilters on a daily basis. We love being able to share our discoveries with the people who visit our shop looking for quilting fabrics in Albuquerque, NM—and it’s always nice to pick up a few new bits of knowledge from them, as well!
When you’re in the market for new fabrics, quilting notions, supplies or instruction, the team at The Quilt Works Inc. is happy to oblige. Come see us next time you need some ideas for a new project or want to enroll in one of our enjoyable, educational quilting classes. We look forward to seeing you!