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Stains - the Buttermilk Recipe
To remover stains try the "Buttermilk Recipe" - put a quart of buttermilk and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a gallon of warm water. Soak the item. (ok, for an entire quilt you would need to triple or quadruple ) the natrual bleaching agents in the buttermilk and lemon juice will brighten the whites and colors while being gentle with fabrics. This is a great way to brighten old linens and doilies too... If you just happen to be drinking wine while you are quilting and you spill some on your quilt soak up as much as you can with a clean cloth then wash the quilt in cold water and ammonia.

When washing old quilts, minimize handling them when wet.
Stain Removal Guide - web site page that gives full details for removing a variety of different stains.

Removing Blood Stains
If you prick your finger while quilting, you can use your own saliva to remove the blood stain. Just dampen a piece of cloth with your saliva, and rub over the stain. It should disappear. This of course, only works with your own blood.

Washing Fabric
Washing Small Pieces: Place fat quarters of fabric in a mesh lingerie bag to launder. Wash your fabric with other clothing items without losing the fabric and with minimal fraying.