When people ask questions, at times I think all of you might like the answers as well. That’s when I answer the question here on the blog.
Today I was hoping maybe on of you blog readers could help answer this from Gail.
“I found you online and was hoping you could help me with a problem. I have a quilt I made when I first got my embroidery machine. I have it hung on my wall in the spare bedroom and have included a photo of the problem block.”
“The problem is that some time ago I was making my own room deodoriser (which I don’t do anymore) and have noticed that there are what look to be oil stains on one of the blocks. I think I must have accidentally sprayed the deodoriser on the quilt, and as it included fragrant oil, I’m assuming this is what the stain is. Do you have any advice as to how I can remove these stains without damaging the quilt? The stains have been there for some time now I think and the only good thing (if there is one) is that it is never handled and appears to be on only one block. I have read that Dawn dishwashing liquid could work, but we don’t have it in Australia. Somebody said that Fairy, which is sold here is the same.”
Does anyone have any suggestions for Gail? If you do, please leave a comment in the comment section and she’ll read them there.
I’d also like to give you a little follow up on this quilt…
It was published in this edition of Pre-cut Patchwork.
The premise of the quilt was that I took leftover itty bitty pieces for a previous quilt, and sewed the pieces together into slabs. Then cut them to make 3 1/2″ based pieces to make a block.
Each of those individual fabrics was a tiny scraps I sewed together.
Well when I wrote about the quilt HERE, I mentioned that Forward Media the owners of the magazine had filed bankruptcy and we were never paid for the use of the quilt. We were supposed to get $350 for the right for it.
Until last week, we had heard nothing from them. We figured it was a lost cause and we refused to submit anything to Quiltmaker, For the Love of Quilting or McCall’s Quilting as all of those magazines were published by the same company. We didn’t want to risk non-payment again.
Last week they contacted me and said they feel bad and want to make it right with the people they didn’t pay. I signed a new contract and was told to expect payment in 14 days. Um…YES! I’m still holding my breath but will admit that it does sound promising.
With the blog it’s very easy to pick and choose what I write about. The company frustrated me at the time and I felt it was right to let you all know. If the company did collapse, I wanted you to know before you bought a three year subscription to the magazine. If you were a designer who hadn’t worked with them recently, I wanted you to know not to submit something as you to might get burned. As frustrated as I was with the company for non-payment, I could easily not tell you about their correcting the non-payment and contacting me….but I would not do that. Everyone makes mistakes and deserves a second chance. We applaud Forward Media for trying to make things right.
If we do come up with a design we feel would be right for one of the publications Forward Media oversees, we will submit it to them for consideration.
If you held back support of the magazines because of our experience, we hope you too will extend to them a second chance.