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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.  :-))

44 comments:

  1. 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.

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  2. 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

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    1. 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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    2. 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.

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    3. Thanks, Annamation for your good info!

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

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

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    1. It provides moisture and then evaporates quickly.

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

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

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    1. 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!

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

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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

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

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

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

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    1. Its a spray starch for ironing your squares.

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

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  16. how long is the shelf life?

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  17. 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 :-)

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  18. 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.

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    1. Wal-Mart has sta flo starch in the laundry aisle by the normal spray starches.

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

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  20. 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!

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  21. 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.

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    1. 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.

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  22. 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.

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

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  24. 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.

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

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  26. I love this! Thanks for posting it!

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

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

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  29. 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?

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  30. 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.

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

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