WiP - Why I'm not Using Moda Fabric Anymore

These past couple of weeks, I've been working on a t-shirt quilt. She's quilted and bound and after I clip threads and make a pillow cover, she'll be on her way out the door.

I also whipped this together for a "Sew My Stash" challenge on Instagram. Most of two charm packs, a fat quarter, a couple hours, and a simple nine-patch heart was born. It's now hanging from my banister - unquilted, but giving me a smile because it's Sandy Gervais Valentine's fabric.

Which brings me to something I don't really want to talk about, that I haven't really publicized until I had some communication with the company.

My Spin Cycle. The quilt for which I spent four years collecting fabric. The time to make the blocks. The giddiness of learning the next Bonnie and Camille collection was going to be Miss Kate - for me!

Picking the perfect borders, hours quilting it...you know, all the stuff that goes into a very special quilt. It was my Blogger's Quilt Festival quilt and the quilt I would have said was my favorite and best one of the year.

And then...hot chocolate. Just a little spill. I washed it once with regular detergent, and the stain remained. So I tossed it in to soak with Oxiclean. You know, that common laundry room stain remover? The stuff I use daily because I have little boys?

And it came out like this.

Yeah. Even though I used a color catcher on the first wash, and this was, by now, the third wash, the backing still bled over on the front. Not even a little bleed. It turned the entire front of my quilt bright blue.

I admit, at this point, I panicked. I Googled. I begged Instagram to solve this. I ended up getting a "color run remover" product by Carbona. It's advertised as something "to remove dye and streaks from mixed-wash accidents."

I didn't test it first.

I admit, not testing it was absolutely my fault at this point. But I never thought the fabrics that I paid $10+ per yard wouldn't be color fast. {Although I should have assumed, since the wide-backing I paid $18 a yard for was obviously not color fast.}

So I emailed Moda all of the above information. And this was their response:

"Thank you for the information.  Unfortunately, from the information you have provided, it seems that using Oxyclean and Carbona definitely do not work with cottons.  Others here have tried the Oxyclean on cottons (not just Moda and not just quilting fabrics) with the colors being faded and not as clear after the washing.

I am sorry that this happened.  If anything like this happens again, I would suggest using a test scrap of fabric to see if the colors fades before using any product on your quilt.  Maybe just spot cleaning on a stain would work better."

Wait, what? Oxiclean fades colors? No, that's not what happened. The backing BLED. Yes, the fading happened with the Carbona, but I wouldn't have used that if the backing hadn't bled in the first place!

And really? I can't use a common stain fighting product? Go ahead and Google Oxiclean quilting cottons. It's used to clean antique quilts, according to quilt history websites. Plenty of people have had success cleaning their quilts with Oxiclean - see here, and here. Vicki Welsh advised several people, including Barbara Brackman, to do a long soak in detergent - in my world {again, small boys} a long soak in Oxiclean is a bi-weekly occurrence.

And then there's this. The {Robert Kaufman} Kona didn't change colors at all. No fading despite the Oxiclean and Carbona.

So, as I feel that Moda ignored the real issue (the backing bleeding) and laid all the blame squarely on me, I won't be supporting them anymore. I know I'm a very little fish in the big sea of quilters, and I certainly have enough Moda in my stash to use up that it won't be a visible threat for a while. {Although I will be selling off some of it. Yay for the #greatfabricdestash!}

But there's plenty of other fabric options out there these days. So I'm not going to support a company who I feel let me down once with the fabric, and once with the customer service.