Thursday, June 30, 2011


Some of you may remember this recent post about my bedspread snafu. Many of you, after reading about said snafu, took pity on us poor hapless, snafu-ed Smiths and left wonderfully helpful comments about possible ways to fix our problem.

For those who may not be familiar with the story, our problem was this stain caused by a water bottle leaking on a red sweater. (And I have no idea why part of the stain is yellowish but I promise that none of us had an accident on the bed.)


I printed out all your comments and Steve and I did a scientific study as to which solution was mentioned most often. We highlighted those and decided to try that solution first and then move down the line if that didn’t work. And as it turned out, the most frequent suggestion involved trying Oxyclean. So we did.

And voila’! The stain totally, completely disappeared leaving us totally, completely (and happily) flabbergasted!



Since we soaked the bedspread, washed it, and dried it, we have been left with a few wrinkles, but we can deal with wrinkles. We just couldn’t quite cope with a hideously ruined bedspread.

And now, here’s Part Two of the story. The reason we even have such such a plain bedspread is that our goal is to decorate the bedroom around this old quilt which will be hung on one of the walls.

The quilt was made by Steve’s grandma (and her friends) in the early 60’s. They made a special quilt for each one of their grandchildren and, as you can imagine, the quilt is precious to us. We call it “The Little Boy Quilt.” (Creative, I know.)


It’s especially special because Steve’s own little hands helped to stitch this airplane all those years ago. How cool is that?


And so that’s the story of the bedspread and the quilt. A decorating tragedy was averted and we are now on track to finish our guest bedroom in the quaint and beloved Old Quilt Style.

I just want to say thanks again to all of you who jumped in and offered such helpful advice. Have I mentioned you all are the greatest!


13 Had Something To Say (Just click here!):

Margie said...

Oxyclean really is amazing. I love the quilt & it will be beautiful hanging on the wall. I just got 2 quilts that were made my my husband's aunt & her mother in law & am really excited to have them.

Guerrina said...

Great news about Oxyclean! Happy dancing!

The quilt is precious as is the history. The guest room will be beautiful and I look forward to hearing more as you move forward!

Robin said...

That's awesome! Love the quilt.

LizW said...

So glad all is well with the bedspread! The quilt is a real treasure and deserves to be the center of attention. A friend of mine makes a beautiful quilt for each of her children when they marry. She is glad she only has two to make! But they will be heirlooms, and are an amazing gift. Me, not so talented! Hard to believe Nathan's wedding day will soon be here. Savor the moments! Will you and Steve be part of the ceremony?

Anonymous said...

The quilt is awesome. I have 3 old quilts that were made by my grandmother in the 1940's. One was a wedding gift to may parents, one may be older . . . it is made from pieces of my grandfathers old woolen trousers. They are very special to me. My grandmother passed in 1957 when I was 8 and my grandfather passed in 1963.

Anonymous said...

Becky, the quilt is beautiful.

Question about the bedspread: the picture with the stain actually looks like it's a cream color (without stain) but stain out pictures, it looks white. What color is the spread?

Take care, Sharon

Anonymous said...

And THAT, my friend, is the biggest argument yet in favor of having a blog! Seriously, you can trust your blog buddies far more than you can trust generic Internet info. This is solid proof... they SAVED your bedspread and the vision of your guestroom. No telling what they'll save next! SO glad it all worked out!

Anonymous said...

I swear some stains grow in storage - I found a hand knit sweater of my son's that had a huge stain on the front that I know wasn't there when I packed it away...I knew it was ruined. Enter: Oxyclean! YES - the stain is gone and the sweater looks like NEW! =]


Karo said...

I love that quilt! My Mom and I are starting a Sunbonnet Sue quilt together. She's made a few yo-yo quilts, but this is the first one we're working on together. Maybe someday I'll be decorating a room around it. :)

Anonymous said...

Hate to sound like an infomercial, but Oxyclean really is amazing. I had a whole full glass of red wine spilled on my Summer Polo capri's (while I was IN them! Splashed on the blouse I was wearing too. Was at the beach, so could do anything for hours! Got home, figured it was a lost cause, soaked them for hours in Oxy..and then machine washed. No Red wine signs ANYWHERE! I was so happy as the blouse and pants were someof my favs! It was my first venture with Oxyclean, but not my last! Glad it did the trick for you too Becky!! Jojy

Carrie B said...

That quilt is so sweet! I love quest rooms with a story. :)

By the way, do you know what snafu stands for? I ask because I, in fact, just learned myself and thought ... oooohh, okay I won't be using THAT term anymore.

Just sayin' :)

Ericka said...

Just a tip learned from experience: Make sure to NOT hang the quilt on a wall opposite a window, because the daily sunlight will rapidly fade the fabric, especially older fabric from when dyes weren't as color fast.

Step into the bedroom a few times during the day one day and check where the sun falls on the walls at various times so you know where not to hang it.

The quilt is awesome. I hope you share photos when the room is complete :)

Anonymous said...

I live in a military community so happen to know the origin of "snafu"....

btw, the quilt is awesome.

Glad you could get everything cleaned up.