Nature’s Miracle

I have this quilt that was left unbound and unattended in the back bedroom. At some point one of my cats who shall remain nameless tinkled on it. I was blissfully unaware until I picked it up to finish the binding. Yee Gads!!! I didn’t take a picture of the urine stain but it was there – red bleed and all. The location of the bleed was at the seam where the red star fabric meets the red shirting  (but this pic is only for reference – again, its not the stain).


I gotta tell ya, I was so bummed. I wasn’t planning on sharing this because I figured the quilt was ruined. I try to keep my blog upbeat and that post wasn’t going to fit the bill. So fine, no sharing but still, I was going to have to wash it. What to do? I started thinking and something miraculous happened. Worth sharing.

Since I don’t wash my fabrics ahead of time I wasn’t sure how to deal with the addition of Retayne while simultaneously trying to get out the urine.  I mean, I didn’t want the chemicals in Retayne to set the urine stain. Not that it would but who knows?

When I have a fabric question I usually contact Sio [Scraps and Threadtales] to get some feedback. After we talked I had some ideas how to work with this so I finished the binding and if you’re ever in this situation (which I’m sure you won’t be but just in case) here’s how I chose to handle cat urine on my unwashed quilt:

  • Place the urinated area in the sink with cold water and rinse out all urine. Then repeat x 7643 more times. Fortunately the stain was near the edge of the quilt so the multiple cold water rinse in the sink wasn’t a big deal.
  • Spray the location with Nature’s Miracle. At this point I was irritated so I said screw it only with a little more trash to my talk if you get my drift. Seriously though, I did hope the fabric wouldn’t bleed more with the use of Nature’s Miracle (it didn’t). I let the NM sit for 5 minutes as per directions, then rinsed. Looked good but who can tell when its wet?
  • Washed in machine with Retayne as per my usual routine.  I was nervous but said screw it again.
  • Pulled out of the machine and ahh, looks good. Now I’m starting to care again.
  • Washed once more in cold water because it made me feel better.
  • It still looked good so I just went for it and tossed it in the dryer and here, because the heat was going to set whatever I couldn’t see, I went back to that bad attitude and said screw it, I’m over it.


Keep in mind one of those shirtings is red so that’s not the bleed. The bleed was at the seam of the star and the red shirting. The urine was a big circle. You be the judge. Do you think Nature’s Miracle worked or what?  Click for a close up. I’m thinking it did.


Nature’s Miracle really is a miracle.

31 thoughts on “Nature’s Miracle

  1. Tricia

    AWESOME POST! HILARIOUS!….and sad….and could very possibly happen to me as my kitty has taken to peeing on my husband’s clothes and so who knows if my quilts are next?! Thank you soooo much for making me laugh during finals week—I didn’t think that was possible!

  2. Rose Marie

    So, so glad that you posted about this ….. we, who have cats need to know how to handle cat urine stains! I’m so relieved that your quilt was not ruined and it is now finished!

  3. Mare

    definately a miracle!!! yay you!!! having two cats of my own………. I’m going to try to remember this in my little bean brain. I love them, but we know cats!

  4. Jeanne

    Oh, boy! I’m so glad it worked out and you now have a beautiful, odor free quilt! Has the cat confessed?

  5. Candace

    What stain?? I don’t see a think, Karen! And even if it did stain, you have a little memento of a loved one – right? I loved this quilt from the moment you made it! I’m so glad to see it’s been bound and can now be enjoyed (with a little extra measure thrown in)!

  6. Teresa

    So glad you got the stain out. I have not heard of that product but may get some for other types of stains. No more furry cirtters in my life. Your quilt looks fabulous.

  7. Dawn

    So nice you had a happy ending! Great quilt. I’ve used that product before – and it worked great on light carpet! Love your Texas Stars too. I have an old quilt of that patterns and have always wanted to recreate it.

  8. Denise in PA

    Oh, yes NM IS a miracle! I’ve learned that with a 7 yr old Peke who doesn’t always make it outside o:)

  9. Elaine/MuddlingThrough

    Oh, yay! I am so glad that all the steps together worked. Yippee! And cats – got to love them, even if you sometimes just want to wring their darling little necks.

  10. Lisa D.

    I can’t seen any stain and that quilt is just beautiful! All your hard stain treatment work paid off.

  11. quiltdivajulie

    VERY glad that you took the time to share — and LOVE the way you shared it!

    WOOT for the happy ending.

  12. AnnieO

    Well worth the efforts to rescue your beautiful quilt. Glad all the rinsing, dipping, spraying, swearing and waiting worked!

  13. Nicole

    Now that really was a miracle. Thank goodness that product worked for you to save your lovely quilt. I will be looking for that product to have on hand. With my dog Ozzie, I need all the help I can get.

  14. Kay

    Wow! What a great post, both for the info and the way you told it. Sometimes “screw it” is the only possible attitude, but in this case it worked. So glad!

  15. paulathequilter

    This was a very informative post as I have never heard of NM before, of course, I don’t have pets or babies so that might be why. I once went to a very local, very small quilt show and spied a quilt hanging in the show that had this very problem. Since I knew the quilter, I took her aside and told her. Thank goodness that portion of the quilt was at the side closer to the top. What a bummer and I don’t think she was able to save it.

  16. Diane


    This wasn’t a gross post; it was very informative. Anyone with babies or pets (or MS) may have to deal with this issue at some point. I had not heard of Nature’s Miracle before. It looks like it worked great. So glad your beautiful quilt was saved. Now, what are you doing about the cat?

  17. Jennifer

    No, I can’t see a mark either. Isn’t it annoying when that happens? It is a lovely quilt, I’m so pleased it has come up like new for you!

  18. Sew Create It - Jane

    Phew! I’m so glad the result was a happy one…I’m like you sometimes you have nothing to lose and saying “screw it” and tossing it in the wash is the best thing :o)

  19. Pokey

    I sure like how your story ended on this quilt! We love our pets, but something like this makes you want to kick its patootie! Not really, but…definitely frustrating. Happy ending ~

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