Another disaster!

The first disaster occurred last week.  I’m working on a wedding quilt, and I realized I’m fifteen inches short of the main fabric.  So, as I wait for the results of several inquiries and internet searches to show up on my doorstep, I decided to start a new project:

urban 9 patch progress

A shop sample for my LQS, as requested by the owner, Cheran.

I’m happily buzzing along on these blocks, and I’m about halfway done, and I’m congratulating myself because it’s turning out to be a bit easier and quicker to make than I had originally thought, what with them pesky curves and all.

But congratulating myself tempted Fate just a little too much, and she decided to have some fun with me by handing me another disaster to deal with.

My iron belched.

oh crap 1Dad GUMMIT!

I went to the sink and ran water over it, hoping it would simply rinse out.  Then I dabbed a little Dawn dish soap on and brushed gently with a toothbrush.  I sprayed some stain remover that, until now, has never let me down.  It’s even removed blood!  Nope. The stain – whatever it is – faded, but it’s still there.

oh crap 3Ugh.

So, does anyone have any idea what this stain could be, and how to get it out?

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13 thoughts on “Another disaster!

  1. Peggi, the stain is from the minerals that build up in your iron. I don’t know what to do to get rid of it that won’t hurt the fabric. Plain old white vinegar loosens the build up from irons and coffee pots. You could try that.

    Good luck

  2. Now isn’t that a bugger. Have no idea what it could be, maybe a bug crawled inside your iron, got steamed to death, and got his revenge by spewing his guts on your beautiful piece. Probably not, but makes a good story. Can you remove that square and replace. I know that is a lot of trouble but possibly the only way to fix things. Good luck, let us know how it goes.

  3. I have really hard water and get those stains on stuff and I use clr or purple power (found at advance auto or aa auto parts). It’s the best. It gets grease out of clothes and anything out of everything. I love those two cleaners.

  4. My many years in sewing 30++, our workroom always kept Hydrogen Peroxide at each work station. You know the big brown bottle? 🙂 It took away any kind of stain on fabric.

  5. You could try vinegar but maybe try it on a fabric scrap first. Or how about a cute little appliqued flower or some other cute little thing to cover it?

  6. Looks like rust to me! Have you tried baking soda w/dab of water mixed to the texture of toothpaste, smear on, dab off and rinse? And, sometimes vinegar and/or lemon juice can take out rust BUT need to do a fabric test first for either of those. Might better do one for the baking soda, too, even though it’s usually considered the safest…Good Luck!

  7. Looks like rust from the iron’s reservoir. Hydrogen Peroxide is recommended for rust on carpet (tested first) by professional carpet cleaners. I imagine it would also work on fabric. Sometimes it can also lift the dye from the fabric, so definitely test on scrap first.

  8. If all else fails, applique a cut little animal or a flower. One time I appliqued a mouse in a corner and it just made that quilt. Good luck.

  9. I have no idea if it will work, but I recently read this on a blog somewhere and have used it on some stains that I thought would never come out. Mix 3 parts hydrogen peroxide and 1 part Dawn dish soap. Put baking soda on the stain, then spray with the peroxide/Dawn mixture. Rub with a toothbrush, let sit 10-15 minutes, then wash out.

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