Wednesday, January 8, 2014

When Peanut Butter Attacks

Living with two boys under the age of seven means that there's a lot of peanut butter floating around the house. One glob too much, it turns out! I set down my newly appliqued quilt block for the Penny Sampler on my innocent looking coffee table...and gasp! Peanut butter blob! You can see from the picture below that there was some staining. 

 I knew it was going to have to go for a dip in the washer, so I zig-zag stitched around the edges of the block to reduce fraying.  After consulting with my laundry expert (my husband, Aaron who does all the laundry - aren't I lucky?) We used Mostenbacker's Lift-Off for greasy stains (they have them for all kinds of stains, ask me how I know with two messy boys), cold water cycle, and flat dry. Voila!

 No more peanut butter! Phew! I was worried about shrinkage because I don't prewash, but the background fabric is Kona Eggshell and is pretty darn good quality.  I only lost a scant 1/16th of an inch on a 12.5 inch block, which I can hide in the seam allowance when the time comes to piece the quilt together. Crisis averted this time! Here are some of the other applique blocks for this project I've been working on which luckily avoided the peanut butter treatment:





  1. I can always use a new hint on how to remove stains. I'll have to try and get some of that Mostenbacker's Lift Off. Your blocks are so darn cute!

  2. What a relief it came out. Maybe you should applique a peanut butter jar onto one of the blocks as a reminder.

  3. Seriously, I'm not laughing...I think mom's, especially of boys...everywhere have fallen victim of the attacking peanut butter bandits. So happy for you that the stain came clean!!!


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