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.
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. :-))
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.
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
ps.. Your invited to my Blogaversary starting Monday! Cya there..
I must have missed this, what is it used for, and if you added a scented oil, would it stain?
This is a replacement for Best Press and similar products. It works great. Great Christmas gift for guild gifts.
Great Christmas gift for my quilting friends! Thanks for the sharing! patty at www.welcomepillows.com
So,I made this. I have a question, do you find it makes your iron sticky from the sugar in the vodka?
I am curious, why the vodka. What does it bring to the table?
I think vodka for the alcohol?I think I will try rubbing alcohol cause I have out
Sugar in the vodka? I don't think so. Test it if you are concerned? Easy.
It provides moisture and then evaporates quickly.
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.
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...
What am I miss here? What does the Vodka do? New to quilting. Help me out please.
from Mary Ann Littlejohn: It provides moisture and then evaporates quickly.
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.
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.
What is this product used for? I am new to quilting. Thanks
Its a spray starch for ironing your squares.
The Vodka makes you a "Happy Quilter"!!!
Thanks, Annamation for your good info!
how long is the shelf life?
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 :-)
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.
I found it at my regular grocery store by starch products. You could try Walgreens, too.
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!
I have made one similar to this one but always used potato vodka because of the potato starch.
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.
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.
Actually Vodka is no longer made from potatoes. I would really love to get Vodka made from potatoes!
http://vodka.underthelabel.com/d/d/Potato Just google vodka made from potatoes
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.
Could this be used as a starch for free standing lace embroidery designs? When it dries is it clear? Thank you..
I love this! Thanks for posting it!
HaH! one time I mistakenly added 7-UP to my iron. !! The iron was okay, but boy the burnet sugar on the material, LOL.
The liquid starch I bought says refrigerate after mixing and use within a week?
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.
Fyi there are a some vodkas still made with Potatoes. Chopin Vodka for one
Thanks! When my gallon jug of best press is gone, I am going to try this.
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?
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.
I was wondering what you can use in place of the vodka.
Wal-Mart has sta flo starch in the laundry aisle by the normal spray starches.
Vodka is made out of potatoes so has starch I n it. I have made this without the Stallone. It takes wrinkles out like you wouldn't believe!
I tried this and the starch left a residue on my fabric. Next time I'll just use vodka and water.
the alcohol removes wrinkles
You can order Best Press by the gallon jug at JoAnn Fabrics website (not in the store). Even when you figure in the sales tax and shipping, it's still way cheaper to order a jug of it with a 50% coupon and use it to re-fill other spray bottles. My fave is the citrus scent.
Cold River Vodka is made from potatoes. It is made and bottled here in Freeport Maine. Shaws carries it. It is expensive, but oh so good. Not sure I would use it on fabric.
What do you use this for? spraying your fabric..what does the addition of vodka do for the fabric?
How about using a bit of lemon (or other flavor ) extract for scent?
when I purchased my Vodka for this spray the clerk informed me that most Vodka is now wheat based.
I have read not to use starch to press quilts as the starch attracts bugs. Sizing is recommended, instead. Have you had any problems in this regard?
I've been using a similar version for a couple of years now and love it. I got tired of storing the extra vodka so I use the entire bottle. It smells like rubbing alcohol and burns off quickly. also I used to store it in the plastic "milk" type jug and found that the alcohol actually eats through so I found a gallon sized glass jar that works nicely.
I thought the vodka acted as a preservative(alcohol
content) to helped keep any mold from forming as some of this starch may sit for a while. I did put extra homemade starch with which to refill my spray bottle with in the refrigerator.
I have used this for a couple years now and have not had ANY of the above mentioned problems. If you want a REALLY good crease in something this works excellently. Fabric wrinkles come out like nothing, even ones that have been pressed in accidentally. I use the cheapest vodka I can find and have not found any difference in potato vodka or any other.
I wash my quilts when I finish quilting. Never a problem wit attracting bugs and the starch is washed out.
Best Press or the recipe give here is a starch alternative.
Sizing is preferable to use rather than starch, especially if the quilt is being stored. Starch is a food for silverfish insects and they will eat holes in the fabric.
Is there any why to know which brands are potato or wheat based? Beside how can you have vodka if not for potato?
I've been using alcohol for a long time. Easier to get for me. In some markets, you can get it in different strengths. Never had a problem and it dries more quickly. I tend to use canned sizing when the block is completely pieced, and I want to square up my blocks.
The liquor store employee should know which vodka is potato based. Luksusowa and Chopin are two examples.
No, it doesn't. I'm using it right now, the one I bought at a quilt show had lavender oil added...it smells amazing & works beautifully!
Does not discolory fabrics.
It makes the fabric happy and 'easy' to work with. :)
Use it ALL THE TIME. Safely keeps fabric from stretching. Press your fabric w/ moonshine BEFORE cutting pieces. I don't have access to liquor store, so I substituted rubbing alcohol; the higher the strength the better. For some reason my fabric presses dry very quickly from evaporating alcohol.
It will say on the label. Grain
I thought this recipe was for sandwiching the quilt layers for quilting instead of using the expensive aerosol sprays or pinning.
Sorry, I am wrong because there is Stay-flo in it. The basting spray recipe doesn't, but it does have the potato based vodka.
It doesn't stain your fabric at all.
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