I finished up trimming the fan blocks today so now I can concentrate on designing a layout that I like. I did run into a problem while pressing. One of the fabrics was not colorfast!…here it is after pressing
I needed to fix that problem on this block and the others with the orange fabric. I used Synthrapol.
Not cheap but works like a charm. I put about a tablespoon full in a bowl and added boiling water dropped in the blocks, stirred them around and let them soak for about 5 min. The synthrapol doesn’t stop fabric from bleeding, what it does is prevent the loose dye from re-attaching to the fabric…so the dye comes out in solution and is not reabsorbed by the other fabrics. After the blocks come out they are rinsed and then dried and pressed. Here is what the water looked like.
It is hard to tell how orange the water was (I should have used a glass bowl so it would show better)
Here is the block after
And here is the stack of trimmed blocks
And the scraps
Now for the fun part….putting it back together!
check back soon for a progress report