I am happy to say that "Floating," my magic carpet quilt, is fixed. The grease stain is gone. How did I do this? Let me tell you...
As a reminder, this is the before picture.
First, I tried some Dawn dish soap, the blue kind. I left it on for a long time, then rinsed it out. While it lightened a little bit, it was still very visible.
I asked around at the HMQS last weekend, and many seemed to think that the Dawn would not be strong enough for the black grease. They recommended stronger cleaning agents like "Sew Clean." I didn't really want to use anything stronger on my quilt, so I resorted to unpicking the pink rectangle which contained the grease. I did this one evening after the boys were in bed.
The next afternoon, I carefully cut away the pink rectangle, still leaving a seam allowance.
Then I used cardstock to help me iron a new piece with a seam allowance.
I pinned it in place. (This step was easier because all of the seams were originally pressed away from the light pink rectangle.)
Then I appliqued it into place. It really wasn't any more work than it would be to add a large label.
Then I took it to my Tiara and quilted it with the same design. 6,700 stitches later it was all fixed.
I am pleased with how it looks on the front and the back. (Cheetah thought it was a good thing that my backing wasn't a true solid, and I agree.)
I know that this may seem like a lot of work for one small grease spot, but it was worth it to me.
The quilt is now all finished, and I will be sharing it as part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival this weekend. So here is a sneak peek...
I totally love it!
I just wanted to add a big "Thank you!" to everyone who commiserated with me about the grease spot and offered suggestions for removing it.
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar. There is something fun for every day of the week.