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Thread: Arrrrrrrggghhhhhhh....!!!!!!

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    I was working on my sampler quilt. I had 13 of 17 blocks made and put to the side (thank goodness ) the other 4 blocks in pieces sitting on the table when my 9 year old dd spilled an entire full glass of iced tea over all the pieces!!!! Ruined all the pieces I had cut and ready to go.
    I calmly cleaned up the spill ( which just missed my Janome 10001) I just threw all pieces in the trash.
    Dd feels bad enough and I didnt need to make a scene but I sure feel like crying.
    New rule: NO food or drinks allowed in my sewing area.

    Thanks for listening to me vent,
    Cindy

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    so sorry

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    Oh No! I hate when that happens.

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    I am so sorry to hear that Cindy. I know your DD felt badly and didn't intend the results. I hope you have everything you need to complete the last blocks.

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    Ouch! I've had a couple of near missses, I'm the same as you. NO food or beverages in the sewing studio :evil:

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    She will remember the way you handled this forever and learned from your patience. Good Grandma!

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    Hugs!!!!!!!!!! I sure feel for you! LOL, once my Son came running in with a bloody nose and hugged me, while I was quilting a light colored quilt. Yes, stains DID come out, but I wanted to cry!

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    Cindy, I think it's awesome that you didn't make your DD feel worse than she already did.
    You sound like a great Mom!! :)
    You can make new blocks but can't take back screaming etc at an accident by her.
    Still sorry it happened though.

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    Who-eeee! That might have gotten at least a stern look out of me!

    One New Years Eve my DH went into the garage and got a can of black spray paint. He was feeling pretty good (no drinking, he just felt full of himself) so came up stairs to flirt with me a bit - you know, high school type show off stuff from a 35 year old male.

    He stood next to his baby grand piano, rolled the spray paint can from one hand to the other. When I protested, saying that it could really cause a mess if he dropped it, he started tossing it from hand to hand.

    You guessed right. HE MISSED the catch. The spray paint hit the right angle of the trim on the leg of the piano. The point of the trim pierced the spray paint can.

    Then we watched as the spray paint can 'self-propelled' itself with the paint leaking from the puncture in the can - all the way across the hardwood floor, toward the steps.

    DH gathered his wits (or lost them again, to this day I'm not sure which!) when the spray paint reached the top step, He started to run toward the steps, slipped on the wet paint that had just sprayed all over the floor and fell on his butt just short of going over the stair rail. As for me, I just said the first thing that came to mind, "Oh, S*it!"

    Then there was nothing either of us could do but watch as the spray paint rolled down eacg steps, on a direct course to an unscheduled 'repaint of his BROTHERS prized juke box. (His brother didn't have room for it in his house.)

    The spray paint can 'sprayed it's last' on the bottom step and rolled a foot or two, then stopped. It missed the juke box...

    All that happened in 4 - 6 seconds, but it seemed to happen in slow motion. When the paint stopped rolling, I looked at DH and said, "If one of the kids did that, you'd be having a fit. I don't want to hear any BS from you about this."

    Being a smart woman, I rounded up the kids and took them out to eat while he cleaned up his mess and bemoaned and cursed his fate.

    He did a reasonably good clean up job, but the hardwood really needed to be redone and the house stunk of turpentine. 15 years later, we finally redid the hardwood floors.

    We laugh about it now...

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    Cathy, that is so funny.

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    Hey, take them out of the trash, put them in cold water and leave overnight. Then tomorrow change the water, add hair shampoo (without the conditioner) -- the water should be COLD -- ALWAYS. gently wash by hand -- agitate it, then rinse. Might take a coupla tries....then lay out to dry, spray with sizing or starch and iron!!!! Hope that helps. It did when I spilled a Pepsi on some of mine... :roll:

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    Glad it didn't spill on your Janome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv
    Who-eeee! That might have gotten at least a stern look out of me!

    One New Years Eve my DH went into the garage and got a can of black spray paint. He was feeling pretty good (no drinking, he just felt full of himself) so came up stairs to flirt with me a bit - you know, high school type show off stuff from a 35 year old male.

    He stood next to his baby grand piano, rolled the spray paint can from one hand to the other. When I protested, saying that it could really cause a mess if he dropped it, he started tossing it from hand to hand.

    You guessed right. HE MISSED the catch. The spray paint hit the right angle of the trim on the leg of the piano. The point of the trim pierced the spray paint can.

    Then we watched as the spray paint can 'self-propelled' itself with the paint leaking from the puncture in the can - all the way across the hardwood floor, toward the steps.

    DH gathered his wits (or lost them again, to this day I'm not sure which!) when the spray paint reached the top step, He started to run toward the steps, slipped on the wet paint that had just sprayed all over the floor and fell on his butt just short of going over the stair rail. As for me, I just said the first thing that came to mind, "Oh, S*it!"

    Then there was nothing either of us could do but watch as the spray paint rolled down eacg steps, on a direct course to an unscheduled 'repaint of his BROTHERS prized juke box. (His brother didn't have room for it in his house.)

    The spray paint can 'sprayed it's last' on the bottom step and rolled a foot or two, then stopped. It missed the juke box...

    All that happened in 4 - 6 seconds, but it seemed to happen in slow motion. When the paint stopped rolling, I looked at DH and said, "If one of the kids did that, you'd be having a fit. I don't want to hear any BS from you about this."

    Being a smart woman, I rounded up the kids and took them out to eat while he cleaned up his mess and bemoaned and cursed his fate.

    He did a reasonably good clean up job, but the hardwood really needed to be redone and the house stunk of turpentine. 15 years later, we finally redid the hardwood floors.

    We laugh about it now...
    Wow! That would have won $10,000 on Funniest Videos!!!

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    I was thinking, well, as long as it wasn't sweet tea just let them dry and sew them together then wash it when it's done. Then I saw that you're from Tennessee----of course, it was sweet tea! That's why I only use plastic bottles with caps on them. And to be environmentally friendly I wash and use the same bottle over and over.

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    I feel your pain! Hopefullly you have enough fabric to re cut the pieces. As others have already said, I commend you for handling the situation the way you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv
    Who-eeee! That might have gotten at least a stern look out of me!

    One New Years Eve my DH went into the garage and got a can of black spray paint. He was feeling pretty good (no drinking, he just felt full of himself) so came up stairs to flirt with me a bit - you know, high school type show off stuff from a 35 year old male.

    He stood next to his baby grand piano, rolled the spray paint can from one hand to the other. When I protested, saying that it could really cause a mess if he dropped it, he started tossing it from hand to hand.

    You guessed right. HE MISSED the catch. The spray paint hit the right angle of the trim on the leg of the piano. The point of the trim pierced the spray paint can.

    Then we watched as the spray paint can 'self-propelled' itself with the paint leaking from the puncture in the can - all the way across the hardwood floor, toward the steps.

    DH gathered his wits (or lost them again, to this day I'm not sure which!) when the spray paint reached the top step, He started to run toward the steps, slipped on the wet paint that had just sprayed all over the floor and fell on his butt just short of going over the stair rail. As for me, I just said the first thing that came to mind, "Oh, S*it!"

    Then there was nothing either of us could do but watch as the spray paint rolled down eacg steps, on a direct course to an unscheduled 'repaint of his BROTHERS prized juke box. (His brother didn't have room for it in his house.)

    The spray paint can 'sprayed it's last' on the bottom step and rolled a foot or two, then stopped. It missed the juke box...

    All that happened in 4 - 6 seconds, but it seemed to happen in slow motion. When the paint stopped rolling, I looked at DH and said, "If one of the kids did that, you'd be having a fit. I don't want to hear any BS from you about this."

    Being a smart woman, I rounded up the kids and took them out to eat while he cleaned up his mess and bemoaned and cursed his fate.

    He did a reasonably good clean up job, but the hardwood really needed to be redone and the house stunk of turpentine. 15 years later, we finally redid the hardwood floors.

    We laugh about it now...
    I dont think I could have laughed about that ever !! Everytime I looked at the floors I think I would have gotten mad all over again....

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    I would sew the quilt all together and finish it, then soak it in a borax solution for 24 hours. Wash as usual and you probably won't have any stains left. Borax is amazing

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    Oh dear! I would certainly give cleaning it a try, rather than pitching it right away!

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    Tea should wash out with a good presoak. I drink iced tea all the time, and there have been drips. ( lots of them!!) Just use cold water, not hot, can even use some color safe bleach.

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    WHOAH, you couldn't have saved those blocks? if anything they would have been tea dyed. many qltrs tea dye their fabrics to give it a more aged look.
    i'm so sorry you felt you had to throw them all out.

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    Bless you for restraining your temper! I agree that you should try to clean and salvage the affected blocks. If they stay discolored, use them together as a tea-dyed table topper.

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    I guess I was so upset by the incident I wasn't thinking! I will salvage the pieces from the sewing trash can when I get home tonight from work. Thank you all for the info on cleaning!!

    Cindy
    Who must be the only person in Tn who doesn't drink sweet tea!

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    I have had to make that same rule a few times! I hope you can salvage them.

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    Let us know what happens.

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    How sad. The rule at our house has always been no food or drinks except in the kitchen and the dining room. There is no reason for it. After all, it only takes a second to walk in to the kitchen to get a drink.

    I would take them out of the trash and soak them in cold water. Then air dry, press, and use them. It will wash out when you wash the quilt.

    Good luck to you. :) Go give your daughter a hug.

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