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Thread: hand washing hankies (for bfly quilts)

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    Yahoo ~ I got great info from 3 different members on how they wash the hankies, and this worked superbly!

    Filled glass fishbowl type vase with warm water & Oxyclean (proportioned for the "soak" method on the Oxy tub)... stir oxy to dissolve... Plopped them babies in and stirred them down in with a plastic spoon that I didn't care about (I've got a few "loads" to wash) ~ I was able to fit about 9-10 easily in there...

    Stir everytime I walk by or think about it, just to rejuvenate the Oxy bubbles...

    After 3 hours soaking, took one out for inspection, and it was pretty and white again... gently squoze it out...

    Filled dishpan with a small amount of Palmolive dish soap (Dawn messes with my eczema) ... put the hanky in for a handwash, then rinsed very thoroughly with cold water.

    Put in salad spinner to spin the extra water off (putting inbetween two white towels would work, too to blot dry)...

    Hang to airdry, then press

    Purty!!! There are a few that I was given that had the fold marks show age yellowing... they are cleaning up beautifully!

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    That's wonderful thanks for sharing.

    Sherryl
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    Quote Originally Posted by candlequilter
    That's wonderful thanks for sharing.

    Sherryl
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    I know there are a few other members working on butterfly hanky quilts right now... thought it could be useful to post the combined efforts :) There were a couple from an estate that I wasn't sure if they'd come clean, I'm going to give them the full 8 hour soak and see what happens!

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    Thanks for sharing.

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    Could post picture of quilt you are talking about Might be something I want as ha\/e few old hankies

    Thanks

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    this is a tutorial for folding the butterflies:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-97681-1.htm

    and here is LAB55's work-in-progress thread:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-96764-1.htm

    and this link shows a magazine that inspired a lot of the quilts (scroll down a little on this link):
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-60048-1.htm

    There is also a book called Hanky Panky or something like that ~ lots of beautiful hanky quilt ideas there, I'm trying to get ahold of a copy from our local library

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    Thank you for sharing your success with us :D:D:D

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