Based on your collective advice I came up with a plan. I would try each suggestion in a set order. As the quilt is obviously not finished yet anything that involved the washing machine would have to wait until it was done. I am not that patient a person so the order of the day was hairspray first, and then if that failed I would wait until the quilt was bound and could be fully submerged. Several of you told me that if I sprayed the hairspray into a little dish and dabbed it on that would allow me to do a spot cleaning. So here was my kit -
I did as instructed and sprayed into the dish (outside - I really don't like the smell of hairspray), used the cotton bud and dabbed at the ink. And it turned darker, and broader, and scarier and my heart did a little flip flop. But then it all came right as it slowly faded to nothing. Woohoo! I rinsed that one little area of the quilt under the tap and now it resides outdoors, drying in the sunshine, in all its pristine glory.
So thank you, thank you, thank you to all who came forward with advice. It is so greatly appreciated, and the next time someone asks me if I know how to get an ink stain out I'll be sure to pass on the knowledge.
Meanwhile, back on the
Here are my latest additions to the FWQAL blocks -
|No. 41 - Friendship Star|
|No. 12 - Broken Sugar Bowl|
|No. 11 - Broken Dishes|
|No. 34 - Flock|
|No. 9 - Box|
|No. 26 - Cut Glass Dish|
|Altogether now - on the badminton net again.|
What will I do in the winter time?
It is not a negative experience this though. A learning one yes, and interesting. I have never followed a pattern before in quilting. I have seen ideas I liked and adapted them to my needs and always worked out the cutting of the fabric on my own. I am such a rule breaker that doing this quilt-a-long is a good discipline, having to pay attention and stick within the guidelines. And I suppose learning to quilt with templates will be a very good skill to have - because eventually I will find a quilt I want to make that can only be done with templates. And then I will be prepared.
For those of you doing the FWQAL, how are you finding it?