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Can this quilt top be salvaged?
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JennB
Posted 2008-02-21 10:29 AM (#4346)
Subject: Can this quilt top be salvaged?


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My very first attempt to make a quilt top. It got packed into a cardboard box by someone who shall remain nameless, and when I discovered it, the box it was in had gotten wet somehow. Here's a picture of it. I tried washing it but it didn't help at all. I'll try to get more up-close pictures. I'll happily try anything, as one of my boys would really like to have this as a finished quilt.

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Nola
Posted 2008-02-21 11:43 AM (#4352 - in reply to #4346)
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Gosh, that is so pretty, Jenn.  Do you have a quilt shop near you?  Most shops carry stuff designed specifically for washing quilts.  And I think there's something else many people use - not sure of the name - Orvus, Orvis, something like that.  Maybe someone else will know what I'm talking about.  I'll do some checking and see what I can find out.

Nola

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JennB
Posted 2008-02-21 12:15 PM (#4359 - in reply to #4346)
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I hadn't thought to take it to one of my quilt shops. I might try that. Seeing that it is a cotton fabric, I tried everything I could find about removing stains from cotton fabric, but this is too tough for everything I tried I guess. It didn't even fade the stains slightly.
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ohiorose53
Posted 2008-02-21 12:52 PM (#4366 - in reply to #4359)
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Any idea what caused the stain? My guess is that the box got wet and dye from the cardboard bleed into the fabric. Or was it something else that bled onto it? Knowing what the source of the stain was might be helpful in approaching how to remove it. Taking it to a quilt shop is certainly one place to start. Another is to check the internet for a stain removal chart. I know Martha Stewart put out a comprehensive one a year or two ago. You might check her website. A third option is to take it a professional cleaners. The one thing I hope you did not do was to put it in a dryer. Very often the heat will set the stain.
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Jami
Posted 2008-02-21 1:07 PM (#4371 - in reply to #4346)
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I'm not sure that Orvus would work on it. It is such a mild soap.
I'm going to assume that the stain is from the cardboard box? What did you wash it in? Did you dry in the dryer or air dry it? Did you try to treat it with anything when you washed it? If so what? I have tried Dawn dish soap on lots of stains and have had some success with that. Don't use dishwasher soap! (you don't want to know what happened, just don't do it!!! )
I don't know what they use to color cardboard, if they use anything. Did you try to find anything on that? Maybe that would give you a better idea what to try to remove it.
I'll try to ask on another site I'm on to see if anyone has any good suggestions.
Jami
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JennB
Posted 2008-02-21 1:17 PM (#4375 - in reply to #4371)
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I belive the stain is just from the cardboard. it was sitting on the floor of the garage right up by the door, which leaked water from a rainstorm. It only had fabric and such in it so I cant imagine what else the stain would have originated from. No it was not dried in the dryer, I just air dried it, but I did wash it 4 or 5 times, with a few different stain removers to no avail. I was too scared to try color safe bleach. I may try soaking it in oxy clean or whatever that stuff is.
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Jess
Posted 2008-02-21 3:04 PM (#4390 - in reply to #4375)
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Hey Jenn - What about trying to find some more of the fabric? Do you know the line or where it came from? If you can find some more, you can replace the borders is all else fails. I have a couple of great places for you to look and send out queries, if you decided to go this route.
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Jami
Posted 2008-02-21 3:50 PM (#4396 - in reply to #4346)
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Okay- I checked on another forum... They said to try a product called "Sew Clean". I think I have seen it at Hancock Fabrics. Also, they said Orvus Paste Soap. I use that to wash my quilts, but I only use a teaspoon in the wash (front load washeere and really soft water). I'm thinking mix it a little heavier and let it soak for a bit.
One thing in my searching, is that they use Alkaline Chemicals to manufacture cardboad boxes. So maybe do a Google search on those to see if they have any ways to remove alkaline stains.
HTH!
Jami

If I find anything more. I'll let you know.

Okay...this is what she said to do: fill the bathtub about 1/3 full, put the paste in (around a teaspoon or a little more), swish it around well then put the quilt in......gently stir with your hands for about 10 min, then after you make sure it's completely wet, let sit for at least an hour......perhaps longer if the stains are from a cedar chest. Let the water run out and refill with clear water. Repeat the swishing and clear water at least 3 times. Air dry.

I would use the hottest water that the top will withstand to start, because it will cool down.

And I'll start searching out baseball fabric...just in case!

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Nola
Posted 2008-02-25 4:22 PM (#4687 - in reply to #4396)
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Jami, I was at my LQS today and mentioned your damaged quilt top.  She suggested soaking it in something called Biz - not sure what that is, but she thought it might help.

Nola

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JennB
Posted 2008-02-25 4:37 PM (#4690 - in reply to #4687)
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Alright I'm gonna give Jami's mixture a try maybe this weekend.

The baseball fabric I used was purchased like 8 years ago so I'm not too hopeful that there's any floating around anywhere, I have done searches for baseball fabric but I haven't found this one.
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buggalugs
Posted 2008-03-03 1:27 PM (#5379 - in reply to #4690)
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Did you try it? Did it work? Inquiring minds need to know you know :)

Jacqui

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JennB
Posted 2008-03-04 7:21 AM (#5425 - in reply to #5379)
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well...no it didn't work. I guess the stain is too old/set in. I tried the BIZ stuff and oxy clean.

On a positive note I did come across the remaining baseball fabric that I didn't know I had, so I'm praying that there is enough to replace the part that is damaged. The border will be pieced but at least it will be salvageable. I don't think a couple of seems in the border will really affect the overall appearance of it. If I don't have enough I will probably just take that whole border off and slim it down, then add another black border to make it a little bigger. It really isnt very large right now, as those are 6" blocks in the center.
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buggalugs
Posted 2008-03-04 2:37 PM (#5463 - in reply to #5425)
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Oh dear what a shame, but at least you tried, I hope the reworking goes well

Jacqui

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Jess
Posted 2008-03-04 6:09 PM (#5488 - in reply to #5463)
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Oh, AWESOME that you found some more of the fabric! Good luck and let us see the final product.
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ohiorose53
Posted 2008-03-07 5:26 PM (#5681 - in reply to #5488)
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Jenn-

I believe I have found the fabric in question at my LQS. They just moved into a huge new store so I hadn't had a chance to go in yet. There it was, right next to the 30's nile green I was looking for. She had two different fabrics. DH says the one that matches yours is $6 something a yard. Let my know in the next few days if you need any more, I will be going back down next week sometime.

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