I feel like a magician!
"Bonnie, you are my Fairy Godmother." And to all you other oh so very lovely people who shared remedy ideas, "Thank you from the bottom of my heart." You guys totally rock! :)
Bonnie was the first person to leave me a comment on my scorched block crisis post last week who not only suggested there was hope for removing scorch marks (I thought they were forEVER!) but recommended I Google peroxide as a remedy. I found this link. As per the instructions I used hydrogen peroxide and a clean cloth. (I used an old flannel burp cloth from when my kids were babies. They make THE best pressing cloths!)
And an hour later my block was cured!
Well, maybe not 100% ... but I'd say a good 90 to 95%.
I think if you look closely you might detect the slightest hint of yellow. (I did replace the sashing strips.) But that doesn't bother me because I have a few other "whites" in the quilt that aren't "white white" either.
And in the interest of full discosure, the peroxide made the red bleed a little. But I was warned about that. And quite frankly I don't care ... I'm just so happy I don't need to remake the block!!!
And now I'm MOST happy knowing that A) I HAVE THE BEST INTERNET FRIENDS EVERRRRRR and B) I learned through this ordeal that scorch marks CAN be removed - or at least faded - from fabric. There are other remedies involving things like OxyClean, vinegar, salt, lemon, sunlight, onions (?!) ... just Google "scorched fabric remedies" and you'll come up with something!
This is me raising my glass of champagne ... or rather cup of tea, as the case may be ... (I don't drink & blog) ... to happy endings.
PS: Just how DID we survive as a species without Google?