Monday, September 3, 2012

Restoration Quilt Wash

Several years ago I bought this quilt from an online auction.  I was pretty upset when I received the quilt.  Blue marking lines all over the quilt that the seller had neglected to show in any of their photos.  For me the quilt was a lost cause.  So I figured what is the worst thing that could happen to the quilt if I soaked it in Restoration?  Now, I am not trying to sell you anything or recommend that you try this at home.  I am just sharing what I did and what happened for me.  And it is a quilt from my guess 1940 to maybe even 1960. Hopefully you can see all the blue markings in the photos. And this blue was not the popular blue marking pen lots use today.  I am not sure what kind of marker made the blue lines. Note the red and green fabric.  It did not fade in any way.  The colors are just like they were before I soaked the quilt. So you can see the BEFORE pictures.  And then the after.

 I did have to soak this several times. There might be a little tiny bit of blue hiding on the quilt, but really it is so hard to see.  I recently soaked a white wholecloth quilt.  Very dirty, lots of spots and stains, yellowing.  It turned out beautiful.  I have used it a lot on redwork blocks and redwork quilts. I have not had a a problem with any of the embroidery fading.  In fact right now I have a whole stack of things waiting for their turn in the soak.  I always say you have to make the call yourself whether you use it on your quilt or fabric.  No guarantee it would not ruin something. My decision  is always based on the worst that could happen to a quilt I maybe don't feel I could live with the dirt, stain, etc.

Many years ago as my kids were growing up I used Biz in the laundry.  And I used Biz on old quilts and blocks.  But about 6 or 7 years ago, something happened to Biz and it was no longer the same formula.  I learned the hard way.  I put a 1930's pink and green quilt into a Biz soak and the pink ran all over the place.  I should show you a pic, but I would have to go dig it out of the bottom of a closet.  I had never had that happen before with Biz. I happened to have an older box of Biz and compared it to a new box. Different ingredients were listed on the box.  So long story short, I tried a whole bunch of different products to try and find something that preformed like Biz.  That is when I found Restoration. I like it a lot and use it a lot. I use it so much I had to become a dealer. You can buy it from me if you are in my area. Or direct from Engleside.