I spoke about the dotties from Moda a little while ago, and since then I have used them in a couple of quilts (pics of those to come in a future post!)
I was a little bit concerned about how the deep colours would hold up in a wash, and whether there would be any bleeding. This isn't any real concern to us that have the fabrics at home for quilting, it's easy enough to pre-wash fabrics before basting and quilting - but what about long arm quilters, or stores that provide a long arm quilting service? When I visit long arm Chris, she has a whole variety of backings for her customers to choose from, she cuts them and loads them from the bolt to the quilting frame and quilts away.
Firstly I tested the grey by cutting a piece for the size of the quilt I was making (I used a 2 yard cut) and washed it on a warm, but not hot, wash without colour catchers, regular detergent and just a bit of white cotton batting. I'm happy to say there was no colour transfer from the grey to the batting. Not a tiny bit. Success! I am pretty positive that you would totally fine using the grey without pre-washing, so this is perfect for long arm quilters to stock for their customers. (NB - Brenda is out of stock of the grey right now, but is getting more in, shoot her a message if you want some and she'll hold it for you)
(did I take a picture? No - I didn't. Oops!)
Second up is the red. I am a stickler for pre-washing red fabric, it's such a tricky dye and so prone to bleeding.
Again, same length of fabric - 2 yards and washed on a warm, but not hot wash (40 degrees C, so 104 F) and I added a piece of white cotton batting to the load.
This time there was some dye shed, onto the batting. You can't tell so much in the photo, because it is quite slight, but the white batting is now a very pale pink. As a precaution I would recommend you pre-wash this before using it, so it might not be ideal for long arm quilters to use on customer quilts, unless they're able to wash it first.
I've still got the blue, green and the black to test - I'll do those this week and report back!
Now, before you are turned off by my findings let me just tell you some other points;
The fabrics wash amazingly well. The photo up there of the washed red backing is un-ironed, straight out the dryer. It hardly creases, and you know how you usually get those long tangled bits of thread that you need to cut off before you do anything? - none of that either, it hardly frays. In fact, I just taped it straight from the dryer to the floor and basted my quilt without ironing and trimming off the tangled threads, because there were no tangled threads to cut off! I got not one pucker in the back of my quilt, and I quilted it super densely. This is a quick snap I took as I was going along (the horizontal lines are spaced a half inch apart).
If you are a home quilter, or a quilter with a long arm machine in your home then don't be put off by the red dye, you can easily wash it first and then the excess dye comes out and there's no extra bleeding (I tested that too - my quilt is now finished, I washed it last night, no more bleeding, if the weather stays fine-ish I'll get some photos today). The quality of the fabric is really fantastic, and it's well worth using, it certainly hasn't put me off, I have another quilt to baste this week and I'll be using more of the red dottie.
I paired the red dottie with some Summersville (pre-cuts are available now from Lola Pink Fabrics!!!) and it's such a perfect match.
I have spoken to Moda about this, in case it's something they can rectify for future print production, I guess what we have to remember is this is pretty new ground for them as well, and there's going to be a little bit of trial and error along the way.