See that horrid black spotting above the word "chocolate" on my mom's quilt? It's grease! Horrible, ugly, black GREASE! There are a total of 4 separate areas of grease now gracing my mom's beautiful, perfect quilt. I could just cry buckets.
I had my machine serviced the week before we went away on vacation, picked it up the day before we left and sat down this morning to get back into quilting it. After I finished the blades of the Dresden I pulled the quilt out of the machine to look at it. I almost DIED when I saw four separate areas of black grease. This is the worst area as it encompasses about 6-8 separate little spots...and of course is in the central embroidery block...the embroidery and saying that MAKE the whole quilt!
I called the shop where my machine was serviced and they suggested Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. Fortunately I had a sample of Dawn in my kitchen. The spot you see now is after Shout, Greased Lightening and Dawn! It is lighter...but still there. I know my mom will love the quilt no matter what...but this is her big gift and I just wanted it to be PERFECT. I have spent so many hours designing, piecing, embroidering and now quilting...I am devastated.
I'm going to put a bit more Dawn on the spots and pray that tomorrow morning they are gone. If not, I will just keep on quilting it. I don't have the time, material or ambition to start it all over again from scratch. I know in the big scheme of things this is not a big deal...and I am ashamed of myself for making it such a big deal...but why this handmade item and why this area of the quilt? It couldn't have happened on one of the dark brown chocolate areas, right?
I am off to drown my sorrows in a glass of wine. Don't worry friends, it is one of the 4 glasses per week prescribed by my physician. I'm just drinking it at the time it may do the most good for more than just my liver......