March 4, 2012

Sugar - a child's best friend?

This afternoon, my son Chris was in time out in the dining room, when all of a sudden I hear him call his younger brother, Ryan, and whisper something to him. Shortly after, I see Ryan come to the kitchen with a wet paper towel with blue spots on it. When I asked him what was going on, he told me that Chris had 'accidentally' broken a ballpoint pen on the table, on top of my white and red quilt.

I immediately reached for the Oreo cookies, ate about 10 of them, then slowly walked to the dining room to see the deed. Chris was terrorized, thinking his life had come to an end. I calmly told him he should not be breaking pens to begin with, quickly removed the quilt from the table and put it in the washing machine with Synthrapol (second time this quilt is washed with it in about one month!), then reassured him that he would live to celebrate his 12th birthday at the end of the month. I decided it would be best to go for a walk while I prayed for the Synthrapol to work.

Now, I bet that half of my readers are thinking: "What presence of mind she had, to reach for the Synthrapol!" The other half is probably thinking: "How quickly she thinks on her feet - eating Oreo cookies before going to see what her child had done!" I tend to side with the latter half... I am just waiting for the local TV station to pick up this story. I can see the headline now: "Oreo cookies save life of 12-year-old."

The wash did not work. However, the sugar did. Later on, Chris was with me in my studio, where I taught him how to cover buttons with fabric, and he covered all the buttons I needed for a project. Surely, today I added Brazilian cherry wood flooring to my Heavenly sprawling mansion... Next, I must figure out if I should cut the quilt into pieces and turn it into a bag, or if I should cut down its size and re-bind it. Do you have a quilt-related disaster that beats this one? Share it with me...

10 comments:

  1. Hair spray should get the stain out just fine. Just spray it on and scrub the stain out.

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  2. Sorry about your quilt!! I hope you are able to remove the stain and save it. :)

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  3. Thanks, Kerianna. Did it, scrubbed it, am washing it again. Did not look good.

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  4. Thanks, Cassandra! I will figure out a way to turn it into lemonade... and whatever I do, I will post a picture of it!

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  5. Wow, I held my breath for a minute but I see you knew to eat the Oreos first.

    I was once so mad I got snookered into making a quilt for someone with a fabric and design that I hated. I had to get the quilt to the person because they had to make a flight. When I grabbed it to take it out of the dryer, it caught on something and ripped a huge gash. I wish I would have had 10 Oreos that day!

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  6. Mina,
    OMG! I think only a box of Oreos (the one they sell at Costco) would have helped me recover from this one!!! :-)

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  7. oh heck, make lemonade out of that lemon! Hand embroider (or if you don't, use a fine tip permanent marker) to draw an arrow to the offending spot and declare "Customization by Chris ".

    Failing that, use that same marker to embellish on the spot(s) ... make them the center of a flower or something.

    Failing *that*, have you any of the fabric still available? Just applique a piece to cover up the spot. Sure, you'll see the applique, but the spot will be gone. :-)

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  8. Pirate,
    Your suggestions are great! Yes, I do have more of the fabrics I used. Let me see what I can come up with. So, I guess I won't cut it up!!! Thanks!

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  9. Pirate,
    Your suggestions are great! Yes, I do have more of the fabrics I used. Let me see what I can come up with. So, I guess I won't cut it up!!! Thanks!

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  10. Denise, I can get that out for you. Hey just take some LOC from Amway and it will pull it right out. What do you have to lose? Just give me a call.

    Melanie Hopes

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