Friday, February 8, 2013

Quilter's Moonshine

I've had a number of requests for the recipe to the Quilters Moonshine that Kare and I made and gave to the participants of our first Old Bags Day. This recipe makes a little over a gallon so be prepared to make it in a bucket or large bowl and then transfer to other containers.



Mix well:
1 gallon of distilled water
1/2 cup liquid starch (we used Sta-Flo)
1 cup vodka (cheap is fine - and now you know why we call it Moonshine!)

You can add up to 4 teaspoons of your favorite essential oil for a scent, if you'd like. We did not do that. For one thing, I don't particularly care for scented items because I never know if it will set off my allergies. Of course another reason we didn't "flavor it" was because we would never have been able to decide on one scent that all 32 participants would like.  :-)

So there you have it! Vodka really does have a place in the sewing room.  :-))

42 comments:

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for posting this...I am thinking that its going to be a lovely love token for my quilting circle for valentines... I even already have the cheep vodka on hand,,,but I wont tell anybody if you dont.

SIMPLESEW said...

I was just doing this and didnt write it down. I used this one 1 c of Febreeze, 1c Stay Flo, 1 cup of water.. I wonder if I add Vodka what it would do?? I love the Febreeze, for the smell. thanks

SIMPLESEW said...

ps.. Your invited to my Blogaversary starting Monday! Cya there..

The Slow Quilter said...

I must have missed this, what is it used for, and if you added a scented oil, would it stain?

Anonymous said...

This is a replacement for Best Press and similar products. It works great. Great Christmas gift for guild gifts.

Patty Faubion said...

Great Christmas gift for my quilting friends! Thanks for the sharing! patty at www.welcomepillows.com

Char Greene said...

So,I made this. I have a question, do you find it makes your iron sticky from the sugar in the vodka?
Thank you

Ramona-quilter said...

I am curious, why the vodka. What does it bring to the table?

Donna Cropley Langton said...

I think vodka for the alcohol?I think I will try rubbing alcohol cause I have out

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

Sugar in the vodka? I don't think so. Test it if you are concerned? Easy.

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

It provides moisture and then evaporates quickly.

Annamation said...

Hi there! I sell Vodka for a living and sew as a hobby so this post feels personal, lol!

You won't find any burnable (or any really) sugar in unflavoured vodka as it's all been used in the production of alcohol and subsequent distillation. I actually use it to clean a lot of things, including my iron surfaces. (Don't put it in the iron, it won't completely evaporate for a while and you don't want to heat alcohol vapours inside your iron later.)

It makes a great food-safe alternative to rubbing alcohol if you need to remove something oily or sticky, and like rubbing alcohol, higher proof works better but is can be more expensive.

Fuzzball said...

Your formula sounds really nice because of the smell. I was curious how does it work compared to the vodka one. Seems like it would be thick and gum up the iron. Does it? Thanks...

patricia chandler said...

What am I miss here? What does the Vodka do? New to quilting. Help me out please.

Fuzzball said...

from Mary Ann Littlejohn: It provides moisture and then evaporates quickly.

Debbie Cooper said...

I read that since vodka is made from corn products it adds stability like glue. Don't know if that is true but I read that on another post.

Wendy V said...

Vodka is made from potatoes. It provides a light starch. I've made it and it does work. CAUTION. Make sure you label it well. Someone in our group thought it was water and put it inside the iron. That iron is ruined and had to be replaced.

Anonymous said...

What is this product used for? I am new to quilting. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Its a spray starch for ironing your squares.

Kathy said...

The Vodka makes you a "Happy Quilter"!!!

Jules said...

Thanks, Annamation for your good info!

Anonymous said...

how long is the shelf life?

Michele Cariveau said...

I have been given a gift of homemade spray starch..so glad you have the reciepe! Think I'll try it with some lavender oil :-)

Anonymous said...

I was wondering where are you buying liquid sta-flo? I can't find it on any shelves at big box or dollar stores. Thank you.

Fuzzball said...

I found it at my regular grocery store by starch products. You could try Walgreens, too.

Anonymous said...

Do you know how long it will last before going bad? In other words, is there an expiration? I can't wait to try this!

Kate said...

I have made one similar to this one but always used potato vodka because of the potato starch.

Kelley Poulos said...

vodka is rarely made from potatoes these days but regardless, there is little to no starch or sugar in plain vodka. It does evaporate quickly and has a lower boiling point so it turns to steam at a lower temperature.

Peggy Benandi said...

You should use a potato based vodka. I only use the vodka and distilled water. You can use a couple drops of essential oil for fragrance but I don't.

Anonymous said...

Actually Vodka is no longer made from potatoes. I would really love to get Vodka made from potatoes!

Fuzzball said...

http://vodka.underthelabel.com/d/d/Potato Just google vodka made from potatoes

Anonymous said...

I have mixed starch and tap water to make my own spray starch but it gets stinky and globby over time if not used soon. Distilled water will be better. The vodka will act as a preservative, and yes it will dry faster.

Delores said...

Could this be used as a starch for free standing lace embroidery designs? When it dries is it clear? Thank you..

Anonymous said...

I love this! Thanks for posting it!

Anonymous said...

HaH! one time I mistakenly added 7-UP to my iron. !! The iron was okay, but boy the burnet sugar on the material, LOL.

Judy Wilder said...

The liquid starch I bought says refrigerate after mixing and use within a week?

Unknown said...

You can find potato vodka, and that potato adds the starch necessary that Sta-Flo would. You can skip that. I have tried it and like the feel of the fabric when used.

b8b2a556-063e-11e4-9133-d3b563363ce6 said...

Fyi there are a some vodkas still made with Potatoes. Chopin Vodka for one

whatwerks said...

Thanks! When my gallon jug of best press is gone, I am going to try this.

Anonymous said...

I had been happily using my faux "Best Press," and I noticed it had a tendency to brown my iron pad (not any of my fabric, though ??). I've gone back to Faultless Premium Starch for dark clothes. Anyone else have that happen?

Anonymous said...

I made this and used it a couple times. It made ironing blocks feel "sticky" and started causing a film on my iron. I am not sold. You can get Mary Ellen's Best Press at Fleet Farm for $6.00 a 16.9 oz.spray bottle.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what you can use in place of the vodka.