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Thread: My wife received a quilt that was done by her great grandmother

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    We are currently in N.C. And visited a relative who had possession of a lot of stuff that has been passed down from deceased relatives. She was given two things of imense value to her. One was the large family Bible, from the 1900's and the other item is a quilt sewn by her great grandmother. The quilt is of the flying geese pattern in blue against a white background. Within that pattern is the name of the woman, her great grandmother, and her husband, her great grandfather, and the date 1930. The quilt is in pretty good shape, with one exception. In the very center is what appears to be a small spot of blood which has penetated through to the back side. I will post a picture of the quilt upon our return home. Needless today, my wife is absolutely thrilled. I am wondering if there are any good ideas for the removal of the blood spot, or whatever it is. I have had good luck removing blood spots from cloth with "zout" and other oxygenated cleaners, but I don't want to completely wash this quilt due to the age and importance of the quilt. Any ideas?
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    No ideas for the spot but can hardly wait to see the quilt!

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    peroxide applied with a qtip.

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    dissolve some oxiclean and dab it carefully with a swab. put paper towel under to minimize the spread of liquid

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRANNYMO
    peroxide applied with a qtip.
    I agree with GrannyMo.

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    I have a friend that owns a big swim suit shop. To remove blood, make-up, stains of any kind, they use Resolve carpet cleaner in a spray bottle. I couldn't believe how that stuff removes stains without harming the fabrics until I saw it with my own eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixedgearhead
    We are currently in N.C. And visited a relative who had possession of a lot of stuff that has been passed down from deceased relatives. She was given two things of imense value to her. One was the large family Bible, from the 1900's and the other item is a quilt sewn by her great grandmother. The quilt is of the flying geese pattern in blue against a white background. Within that pattern is the name of the woman, her great grandmother, and her husband, her great grandfather, and the date 1930. The quilt is in pretty good shape, with one exception. In the very center is what appears to be a small spot of blood which has penetated through to the back side. I will post a picture of the quilt upon our return home. Needless today, my wife is absolutely thrilled. I am wondering if there are any good ideas for the removal of the blood spot, or whatever it is. I have had good luck removing blood spots from cloth with "zout" and other oxygenated cleaners, but I don't want to completely wash this quilt due to the age and importance of the quilt. Any ideas?
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    what about trying Hydrogen peroxide

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    yeah, I agree with the hydrogen peroxide. It gets rid of rust stains too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRANNYMO
    peroxide applied with a qtip.
    After you apply the peroxide you need to thoroughly wash out the peroxide or it will eat through the fabric.

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    Try Oxyclean it works wonders.

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    Grandma's Spot Remover, which comes in small little bottle at fabric and quilt shops.

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    I use this as well and I agree it works wonders. I had stuck my finger with a pin and bled on my sewing table cover. Sprayed the spots and it took absolutely every bit of blood out and left cloth looking like new.

    Quote Originally Posted by auntmag
    Try Oxyclean it works wonders.

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    My mom was told by the man that owned a dry cleaners to use salt water for a soak. It was to remeove a lot of dried blood from a jacket. I'm not sure if it worked, just remember that is what he told her. I have a quilt that my mother worked on with me, and she got a drop of blood on it. She made a joke saying she gave her bloodf so that I had something to always remember her by. tHAt small blood stain stayed on the quilt!

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    old set blood stains are tough. Good luck

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    old set blood stains are tough. Good luck How big is the stain? I have an old stain remover booklet and it says 2 tbsp. ammonia in 1 gal. water. Rinse real good. Maybe apply with q-tip. But this seems to be for fresh blood stains, I think.

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    I have no idea, but would love to see the quilt.

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    Hydrogen Peroxide should do it. Be sure to rinse the peroxide out.

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    I use Grandma"s secret spot remover as it does remove blood or just about any kind of stain. i got mine from quilt in a day web site. not sure if you can fine it in stores as i have never seen it.

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    Oxyclean.... used it to get dry blood out of a tshirt that had been thru the washer and dryer many times with the blood on it.. Has to soak but it did the trick and wont harm the fabric.

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    Peroxide on a q-tip would work. I received my grandmother's quilt and the batting is actual cotton picked from the farm and it is made from feed sacks. Hand-quilted with string. My grandparents were farmers in North Carolina and didn't have much money. I treasure the quilt and am trying to figure out a way to wash it. My mother told me "not" to wash it the regular way.

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    I have removed blood with peroxide but don't know how it would work on an old quilt. You could use qtips and clean it with a mild solution of clorox if the background is really white and not offwhite. Otherwise you could use qtips and oxyclean and try that.

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    I know this might sound weird but try using a little bit of your spit on the spot. The enzymes in your spit will take out a blood stain in most cases without causing a problem with the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    I use this as well and I agree it works wonders. I had stuck my finger with a pin and bled on my sewing table cover. Sprayed the spots and it took absolutely every bit of blood out and left cloth looking like new

    Quote Originally Posted by auntmag
    Try Oxyclean it works wonders.
    The answer to removing fresh blood from pin pricks, etc., is your very own saliva. I had a young lady here fitting her bridal gown one day and she dragged her finger on my pins and bled on the bodice. Quickly, I grabbed muslin and told her to 'spit' on it..we rubbed every trace of the blood away so the dress wouldn't have to be cleaned before the wedding. It's true! The same enzymes in both--but it has to be your own blood and your own saliva.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MostlyMaja
    yeah, I agree with the hydrogen peroxide. It gets rid of rust stains too.
    That's great to hear. I have Great-Grandma's hand sewn quilt and it has rust spots all over it. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRANNYMO
    peroxide applied with a qtip.
    Yes, peroxide on a q tip, but I would test a very small area on the back..

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