Feb 02

Workshop in progress question

I actually do have a question for the workshop in progress over at Naptime Quilter.

I was thinking about joining the “Triangle madness” challenge with the “Goddess in Progress” blog.  I’ve been wanting to make a half square triangle quilt for some time, so I might as well do it when others are doing it.  I’m coming in a little late, but that is OK.

I have all of my colored fabric cut, but I have a question about the solid fabric.

It is a Kona fabric that is slightly off white.  I bought it, thinking it was Kona Snow, but when I looked at the receipt, it said “Kona Dye-ready.”  Has anyone ever made this mistake?  Can I use it as it is?  I already pre-washed it, but I’m wondering if I am supposed to treat it with something so it is less likely to pick up other colors.  Am I being paranoid and it is just fine as it is?  I know nothing about dyeing, but before I cut into it and go any further, I would like to get an idea of what to do.  THANKS!!!



  1. Brandie says:

    I’m not sure about the Kona, but I really love how colorful the stack of prints are.

  2. Lisa says:

    Gosh, I have no idea about the Kona, can you call the store where you bought it and see what they say? Or try to google it. That’s all I got. Oh and I too love the colors in your stack, can’t wait to see what that becomes!

  3. Jill says:

    It should be fine to use. PFD (prepared for dye) generally just means it doesn’t have the sizing and finishes that other fabrics have, as they could interfere with the dye absorption. It may be slightly more likely to absorb bleeding though without the finishes, so you might want to pre-wash your colored fabrics even if you’re not normally a pre-washer. Very easy mistake to make, Snow and PFD are almost identical color.

  4. I made a whole quilt using PFD and it turned out fabulous!

  5. Yay, join on in! The practice in making HST units is good, and the variations on the end product are limitless.

    I skipped over to the non-pre-washing camp a while ago, but I always use a Shout Color Catcher when I wash my finished quilts for the first time. They sell them in the laundry section (I’ve gotten them at Target), and they look kind of like dryer sheets. But you put them in the wash and they are supposed to absorb any loose dyes. I’ve never had any problems with colors running when I’ve used them. The only time I’ve ever had trouble with bleeding colors was the one time I forgot to put one in, PLUS I was using some cheap-o fabric instead of the good stuff. Lesson learned on both fronts, I guess. 🙂

  6. Yep, I agree with Jill. PFD just means nothing like sizing, starches, or preservatives were used on the fabric that might prevent it from picking up dyes. Great idea to pre-wash the other fabrics, and you can always wash the finished product with Synthrapol, a special detergent that keeps dyes bleeding off in the wash from reabsorbing into the fabric.

  7. Tanya says:

    Thank you everyone! My PFD squares are now cut (my colored fabric already pre-washed before cutting 🙂 and I’m ready to begin my HST’s! Thank you so much!