While T.H. and I were wandering around Salida, Colorado enjoying the cool weather, I discovered another set of vintage quilt blocks . They were a bit more expensive than the $18 I paid in Wichita. They were $40 (started at $55) which was do-able. However, they were slightly yellowed with age and had some spots on them. It concerned me. Carol, the antique shop owner, shared a secret recipe with me for getting out the yellow and spots on vintage linens and quilts. I was a little wary, but wanted to make another vintage/modern quilt top so I bought them. My thoughts were “try it, if it doesn’t work I’m out 40 bucks”. What can I say? I’m a risk taker. I bummed the $40 off of T.H. anyway so really no risk.
Well my friends, I am here to tell you that the secret recipe worked!!!( I couldn’t get a good enough before and after picture so you will have to take my word) Dull yellow and spots be gone!!! I am so excited about the process it is no longer a secret!! Here it is!!
The Secret is Out! 1/3 cup of Dawn dish soap
1/3 cup of Clorox 2
1/3 cup of Cascade dish washing powder
(and I threw in a sprinkle of Oxy-Clean for good measure)
I put it in my washing machine (you can hand wash, I never do that) filled it up with water, set it on delicate, let it agitate a little then turned it off for a couple hours to soak. Finished the cycle then ran it though delicate/hand-wash one more time to get all the soap out. Then air dry. PERFECTION!!!
The vintage blocks then spoke to me of denim. I have a stash of jeans. Some have never been worn. I chose some designer looking jeans that were not stretchy and looked like new. Actually they were here when I moved to the ranch and married T.H. They were size 2. Obviously belonged to a former girlfriend. I had no qualms about destroying several pair of brand new size 2 designer jeans. Would you?
It was all for the sake of my art.
This is fun. I get a big kick out of taking vintage blocks and giving them a modern look. I feel a sense of a spiritual connection with someone’s grandmother who stitched these mostly by hand.
I feel nothing for the woman that wore those jeans.
So for all you skinny bitches…. this is what you can do with your size 2 designer jeans.
You should keep better track of them.
Love, Cowgirl Red aka Terah
P.S. That cedar chest full of my mother and grandmother’s vintage linens….. that I can’t use but can’t part with either ….. secret recipe coming your way.
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