Well, it was a good thing she did it, because the red did bleed a little.
She said she felt it would be OK washed in cold, but I was very worried - as that quilt is going to her grandson. His mum could certainly be counted on to wash it in cold, but eventually he'll grow up, move out, and do his own laundry. If he loves the quilt as much as Anna thinks he will, well, tragedy looms in the future, yes?
So I did some research and found a product online which is supposed to stabilize dyes such as that in the cotton we bought. It arrived, I tried it and.... YES! IT WORKS!
|I bought it online. It wasn't terribly expensive, and I didn't need to use much|
for the fabric. I washed the fabric with it and then washed it one more time
with a "sacrificial white facecloth". The facecloth is still white - a miracle!