Warning red wine and quilts don’t mix.

I had my Friday night all planned. I was relaxing with a glass of wine after dinner. I had borrowed ” Saving Mr Banks” from the library that day . Although it came out a few years ago I had not seen it so I was looking forward to watching it. I love anything that Tom Hanks does and this looked good. And of course I planned on doing some hand quilting while watching the movie, after I had finished the wine.

I reached for my glass of wine and….knocked it over , it spilled into the bag where I am keeping my hand pieced Grandmothers Flower garden quilt.


Most of the full glass of wine went into the bag, a bit hit  the carpet but the quilt absorbed most of it. My heart nearly stopped.

I grabbed the bag, moved to  the dining room away from the carpet and took out the quilt. The wine was everywhere! Sorry no photos of the wine soaked quilt… I was not thinking only reacting!

I put it in the bathtub to soak with Dawn dish detergent. I did not know what else to do but knew that I could not let the red wine dry. A quick internet search suggested Oxy Clean. My husband had cleaned the carpet while I was soaking the quilt and drove me to the store to get some Oxy Clean.

I let the quilt soak for about 2 hours and the good news is that the red wine is gone. I was nervous about putting the quilt in the washing machine but really had no choice as it is a  queen size quilt. I used a gentle cycle and gentle spin to get the water out and spread it out on the basement floor to dry overnight.


The batting did shred a bit on the edges but as I had left extra and had machine basted the quilt it will be fine.

Lesson learned …I will be extra careful not to have any liquids around this quilt. The top took me about a year to hand piece and I am nearly two thirds done hand quilting around the flowers . All the flowers were made from scraps and there are no repeat flowers only repeat centers and stones in the path.

Not quite the way I wanted to spend my Friday night. We saved the movie until Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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