Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday!

Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday on Sewing by Moonlight.

My name is Em and I have far too much on my mind. Sewing is my release! I just recently opened my Etsy store (with all of 6 items) and now have a Facebook page. I would be delighted if you came by to Like Sewing by Moonlight on Facebook!

This week, I had hoped to show you this little mini, all quilted and bound, since last week it was all quilted (one would think I could accomplish 96 linear inches of binding in one week).
 But, alas!  Horror of horrors!  There was an attack by a tiny, marker-weilding terrorist and this happened:
 So instead of binding this lovely mini this week, I spent a lot of time trying to (as of yet, unsuccessfully) remove dry erase marker from white fabric.  (insert sobbing)

I did give you a sneak peek last week at a quilt I was ambitious about finishing this week, but life happened, and quilting did not.  However, I finished the back of the quilt, and the quilt sandwich is completed, so that is definitely significant in my book!  I’m going to quilt this myself, and I’m admittedly a bit nervous about it.  This is a bed-sized quilt (72 x 90) and it will be the largest thing I’ve quilted on my home machine.  I would appreciate any words of encouragement you care to offer on that front!

This is the Road Trip Quilt Along quilt, which came together as a result of the 16 weeks of Road Trip Quilt Along tutorials I posted this summer and early fall.

I added the strip pieced sections to the top and bottom of the quilt because I wanted it to be rectangular rather than square.  And then two borders finished it off.

I am trying to decide if I should attempt to add the name of the state each block represents in the quilting so I don’t forget.  That’s Virginia, in the upper left corner, the block I completed first on the Road Trip Quilt Along.  Right below it is South Dakota, which gave me some trouble the first time I attempted it, but turned out to be one of my favorite blocks.

The back of the quilt is mostly Kona coal, but I pieced the back with extra fabric from the blocks and few blocks that were rejected or redone.

There are two Pennsylvania blocks here, one deconstructed and rearranged, and the other that I just decided to redo because I didn’t love it.  You can also see my first attempt at the interior of that South Dakota block, which turned out too small.

I’d love to see what you’ve been up to this week!  If you’re in the U.S. did you accomplish stuffing yourself with turkey today?  I did, but just a little because I wanted to save room to stuff myself with PIE!

16 replies
  1. Tartankiwi
    Tartankiwi says:

    Oh no! Good luck getting the marker pen out of your beautiful quilt!! Sorry I have no wisdom to share on how to do it, but it MUST be possible! Sending lots of successful cleaning vibes in your direction!

  2. M-R @ Quilt Matters
    M-R @ Quilt Matters says:

    Ugh! That poor quilt! Have you tried Tide To Go? Good luck with getting it out. If it doesn’t work — appliqué something over it. 🙂 Thanks for hosting, Em. Your Road Trip QAL quilt is beautiful!

  3. lisa
    lisa says:

    Now, I would try this with a scrap fabric and the same pen first–either acetone ( nail polish remover), or go to Staples and see if they have a cleaner designed for dry erase markers (I think it’s a spray).

  4. Kristy @ Quiet Play
    Kristy @ Quiet Play says:

    I love the mini! Shame about the marker! Only thing I can suggest (and yes it sounds very weird) is rotten milk. I used that when my monster child drew on some favourite fabric with a pen and it got it out beautifully!

    Well done on the road trip quilt – it looks fabulous! Wish I had some suggestion on quilting but I tend towards straight line quilting if left to my own devices!

  5. Fiona Gregory
    Fiona Gregory says:

    Beautiful quilts the both of them…but I especially love the pieced back on your travelling quilt. Yes Stain guru Shannon Lush recommends rotten milk solid on stain (if a water soluable pen) until you see the ink rise into the stain. Then wash with detergent and water. You can also try dry cleaning fluid applied with a cotton ball either side of the stain. To dry off the dc fluid sprinkle with talc to absorb. Hope this helps. You can find Shannon’s tips on the net. She is a marvel.

  6. Laura
    Laura says:

    Oh dear! I have a suggestion (I was going to say a weird one but the old milk one above beats me!): use a WetOne or similar wipe. I teach Kindergarten and I have a student who likes to write on my carpet with the dry erase markers and WetOnes got it off-twice! They are very gentle and don’t have any bleach in them. Good luck! I’ll be watching to see what works!

  7. Kerstin
    Kerstin says:

    Oh, I’m sorry about the marker incident! I would have suggested to dab some bleach on it, but you got already some much more sophisitcated solutions… Good luck with it, it’s beautiful.

  8. Janice
    Janice says:

    Oh man, that sucks about the marker! How frustrating. The RoadTrip Quilt is so pretty! I’ve FMQ’d quilts that big on my small home machine before. It’s like wrestling with an octopus and my entire body ached afterwards, but it’s doable! The only really annoying part it the very center areas.

  9. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    That is such a cute little quilt! I hope you’re able to get the marker out. My quilts have fallen prey to ball point pens, and scissors, and duct tape and pennies…

  10. Aoife
    Aoife says:

    I’m blown away by your birdie mini! The applique is something I’m looking to practise, mine ends up with tonnes of fraying ends every time. The marker is such a blow and I’m afraid I’ve no amazing tips on how to clean it. All I can do is wish you luck… Your Road Trip Quilt makes me think of space, and galaxies forming and stars being born. It’s really lovely to look at! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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