I made this 25″ X 25″ quilt about twelve years ago and used it as a table topper in our bedroom for about three years. It wasn’t a table that was used for anything; nothing was spilled on it. When we moved, I did not have a use for a quilt of this color and size, so I put it the linen closet. It was not sealed away in plastic or stored where it might get dirty. I am not careless of my quilts. The batting is white cotton. It doesn’t have seeds. When I washed it several times, to FINALLY get rid of the bleeding from that red fabric, it was rinsed thoroughly and dried flat.
And yet, it’s stained. The yellow is obvious. After raising three sons, I have an arsenal of stain-removal techniques, and none of them worked. I used oxi-clean. Borax. Fels Naptha. Handmade soap. Everything. The last couple times, I went ahead and dried it in the dryer. I give up.
So now, I have to decide:
1. Should I cut it up and try to do something with the salvageable pieces? It’s not very big, and the elements are not close together, so I am not sure what I could do with it.
2. Should I try to tea-dye it? Redwork embroidery is generally only used on white fabrics, but the splotchy-ness of that style might partially camouflage the stains.
3. Should I toss it out and stop wasting my time? I could let it go and move on.
What do you think? I’m not going to use it as it is now, and there’s no point in putting it back into storage. I have nothing left to lose, right?