I had a small spot on the McCall's quilt...this will be my first published quilt (well, hopefully will be at this point!). It appeared to be strawberry jam or something. It was a small spot in the top left side on a big section of white. The longarm quilter spotted it when I brought it in and though I had been working with this thing like a surgeon all scrubbed and ready for duty, my kids managed to sneak something on there. TYPICAL.
I immediately thought I would just dilute a bleach/water solution and dab it with a q tip and rinse but the longarmer recommended a paste of an enzymatic laundry cleaner. I did it her way. It did not get the stain out. Ok, I go to my last resort...the bleach. The bleach solution immediately removed the stain. I was happy until I noticed a hard water stain (I am guessing) that was a huge yellowy tan line from where the water I had used to rinse off the enzymatic cleaner had traveled. Oh man.
I go get bottled water and try to rinse out the hard water stain. No such luck. I decide to take my iron and try to get out the wrinkles and crinkles that are forming (but not around the stain). Poof. Rust pours out of my 3 month old Rowenta Iron. You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me.
I run to the sink to rinse out the fresh rust stain and as I pull the quilt up to inspect my work there is a giant red food stain...on the white area. Fo realz? Yes, fo realz. I just said "FORGET THIS" and took the quilt up and washed it in low agitation on cold and then laid it on towels to dry after shaking out as many wrinkles as I could.
I now have a clean, slightly crinkly quilt. I am hoping to steam out the wrinkles. I told my quilter friends and church and one of them said "of course this happened to you, it's YOUR life.". Yes, my lot in life is to have crazy things happen to me. Some of them are good, some not, but all are interesting at least, right???
As if that weren't enough, I ran out of binding fabric 20" from the end and had to order a whole yard of fabric extra to get enough of the print I needed to finish (it's a multi stripe fabric from American Jane). This quilt is high maintenance!
Any suggestions on how to successfully decrinkle a quilt??? It has not been machine dried so I feel there is still hope.