Works (not) in progress Wednesday

I’m feeling unproductive.  I’m on day 3 of a nasty cold, and I’ve gone to bed earlier than usual the last couple days, which means no sewing time.  I’m also feeling completely deflated by the fact that I have now deemed it impossible to remove black dry erase marker from white quilting cotton.

Here’s The List from last week:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along: quilt that baby!
2.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin: finish top
3.  Quilt for Brian.
4. Gathered clutches.
5.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote
6.  Ba{M}S mini quilt: remove stain or come up with a creative alternative solution.  Sigh.

The only things I managed to make any slight progress on were the Road Trip Quilt Along quilt and trying more ways to (unsuccessfully) remove the stain from my lovely mini quilt.

I bought Leah Day’s class on Craftsy.com, Free Motion Quilting a Sampler, and I’ve been watching the videos on her website.  I’m attempting to learn free motion quilting, but I have a long, long way to go.  However, I do love that I decided to go ahead and FMQ the names of the states each block represents in the sashing.  Can you see it?  

As for my poor, sad little dry-erase-markered mini quilt, here is the list of things I’ve used to try and clean it which DID NOT WORK:

Resolve carpet cleaner
soak in oxyclean
Mr. Clean magic eraser
extra concentrated oxyclean
rubbing alcohol
acetone
bleach pen
ammonia
paint thinner (100% Mineral Spirits)

I did, however, manage to take some of the finish off my dining room table with acetone, despite the fact I had laid down several layers of towel to protect it.  My husband is not happy, and frankly, neither am I.  Add “refinish dining room table” to my project list this spring (perhaps after “bring third child into the world” and before, possibly “move half-way across the country”).

Suggestions I did not try: rotten milk, hairspray, WetOnes baby wipes.  But seriously, if straight up Mineral Spirits cannot remove it, I don’t have a lot of faith in the stain removing power of rotten milk.

Stayed tuned to see what I come up with to creatively cover up the damage.

Here’s The List today:

1.  Road Trip Quilt Along: quilt that baby!
2.  Be Free Bees free form quilt robin: finish top
3.  Quilt for Brian.
4. Gathered clutches.
5.  Luna Bags: the Essential Tote
6.  Ba{M}S mini quilt: remove stain or come up with a creative alternative solution.  Sigh.
7.  Nancy Drew project.  I’ve jumped on board with the Nancy Drew Get a Clue blog hop.  The “assignment” is to create any project we desire, we just have to use Moda’s new Nancy Drew fabric as part of the project.  I’m super excited about mine.  The Nancy Drew fabric is not available yet, but I just got some other fabrics for my project in the mail today.

8 replies
  1. Leo
    Leo says:

    one more “stain eraser” is saliva – well at least it does work on ink, drink a lot, plan in some time – and don’t forget to wash it afterwards … Good Luck!

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  2. Monica
    Monica says:

    I’ve heard that washing it can set the stain, so if it ever happens again (hope to God not) I would try everything else first and wash it last. Love the fmq. Did you write it on first and quilt over the writing? And where are you possibly moving to? Colorado?

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  3. Deb
    Deb says:

    Oh Em! I’m so sorry about your quilt…it’s gorgeous, so I hope you find a solution. Here are a couple others to try, in case you want another go at it (though I’m sure you’re beyond “done” right now!) – Murphy’s Oil Soap, Folex (carpet stain remover…it works wonders on all kinds of stains!!), Goo Gone. Good luck…and you’re FMQ is awesome!

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  4. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    I’ve had great luck with baby whites on greasy food stains and things like that. There’s a product called Kids and Pets (I bought mine at Walmart) that got green food coloring out of my new light brown carpet — might be worth a try if you haven’t completely given up!

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  5. BreannaS
    BreannaS says:

    I once went to a training for preschool teachers that was put on by Crayola the company and part of the class was about getting their products off of walls and fabric. They have an amazing customer service that can tell you exactly what to use on each kind of surface/fabric. Maybe the company that manufactured the dry erase marker will have the same kind of assistance. It would be work a try. Good luck

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