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Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 20:01:54 -0800 From: "Tamara Williams" <tamtwill@attbi.com> To: <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: Moths - what 

Hi - I am a returning subscriber, and antique quilt collector. I am desparate for some advice. For the first time in my (few) years of quilt collecting, I've run into a "pest" problem. A few nights ago I found a family of wool-eating moth larvea munching on coats I had stored in the Guest room closet.

Here's my concern: my antique quilts live on the bed in that room. I've examined the quilts, no signs of larvae. I've removed all of the effected coats (they are at the dry cleaners). Do I bug-bomb the room to kill off any lurking larvae? I know moth crystals in contact with the quilts is a real no-no, so I haven't done anything like that. I did put a moth repellent in the effected closet and closed the door.

Do I do anything special with the quilts? The quilts are all cotton and cotton batting (to the best of my knowledge). Please send advice suggestions on what I do now.

Thanks - Tamara


Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 22:37:11 -0600 From: "Dale/Jean Carlton" <djcarlton@att.net> To: "QHL" <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: Musty 

Clear DayHi My question is about quilts that I use at the cabin through the summer here in MN from about May until October. When I bring the quilts home in the fall, they are musty smelling. Is it important that I get out whatever (mold?) is causing the odor for the health of the fibers? It's not that it's offensively strong but I can still detect a bit of the odor if I really get my nose into it! :) even after washing with Orvus. Might it just go out in time with airing? These are quilts that I made, not vintage. Is there a better product for washing in this case? What effects might there be to storing them this way - next to other quilts? Thanks, Jean Carlton


Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 04:59:44 -0500 From: "Judy Kelius (judysue)" <judysue@ptd.net> To: "Tamara Williams" <tamtwill@attbi.com>, 

Moths shouldn't bother cotton. Are you sure none of your quilts have wool batting? I had a moth problem in my last house and they can be very difficult to get rid of. You can buy little things to hang on the rod with your coats, but I found that moth balls were the best repellant. They came in the house in an old rug I had gotten at an auction!


Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 06:41:35 -0600 From: Xenia Cord <xenia@legacyquilts.net> To: QHL@cuenet.com Subject: Re: QHL: 

As Judy pointed out, most self-respecting moths turn up their noses at cotton. I'm not a cleaning expert, as any glance around my house will tell you, but I have used this method successfully.

If moths are a problem, one solution is to put the textile in a plastic bag (gasp!) and put it in the freezer for about a week. This should do it for any moth larvae in the textile. Then air, clean in a recommended way, and refreeze to kill any newly hatched critters. Air thoroughly following this treatment, so any collected moisture from the freezer can dissipate.



Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 07:47:37 -0500 From: mreich@attglobal.net To: 

I don't if this information will help. It will probably only benefit those of you making new wool quilts. In my spare time, I hook rugs made from recycled wool purchased mainly at thrift shops. My house is loaded with bags and boxes of recycled wool. When I buy an item, I immediately toss it into the washing machine and dryer. I live in the country so moths are always a problem. For some reason, they only go after unwashed wool. They never touch my rugs or my laundered woolens. I was once told me that once the lanolin is removed from the wool the moths lose interest. Someone out there in the QHL world probably knows the answer to this. sue reich, Connecticut


Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 08:30:46 -0500 From: Laura Syler 

I f you are having problems with bugs eating the cotton quilts, you may have crickets or carpet beetles instead of moths. Crickets can be quiet but deadly, and carpet beetles are tiny little gray stripped critters about the size of the head of a glass straight pin. One thing we used was the organic cedar insect repellent, actually devised for outdoor use, but we mixed it with some diatomaceous (sp) earth and sprinkled it on the carpets. Let it sit for at least 4 hours and vacuum, and vacuum and vaccum....the D.E. is like a fine gray powder, but works to eliminate any crawling insects...We also did this for a flea infestation years ago. Works like a charm, but is a bit messy, though the cedar smells good. You can also sprinkle cedar mulch around the outside of your house and it will keep flies and mosquitoes at bay. I've had some "ranchers" tell me that it also repels snakes....they wont cross over cedar mulch. Laura


Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 11:51:45 -0500 From: "Teddy Pruett" <aprayzer@hotmail.com> To: "QHL" <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: Flying 

Hi everyone - I've been trying to talk myself out of posting part of  this message, but something in me insists on doing it. For those who  may be bothered by it, I really do apologize - maybe it is one of those  things whereby your load is lightened by sharing it. But you won't like  it.

First, let me address my ever-occurring problem with the HIPV book. I  mentioned a while back that I do a lecture about the effects of the  war between the states and the effect it had on Southern women's lives,  focusing on textiles and quilts. I give it in first person, in  authentic costume, and I think that leads the audience to feel that I  really know whereof I speak. Well...be that as it may. It never  fails, during the question and answer period, that someone mentions "the  book". I simply state that "My mama always said that if you can't say  something nice, don't say anything at all. ANd I can't say anything at  all about the book." I leave it at that, but it speaks volumes. 20

The heavy, emotion-laden thing I wanted to share is about flying geese.  When we first formed our local guild, about 1988 or so, we had a very  sweet, softspoken young lady who joined. Patsy wasn't a member very  long, but she had a very nice show 'n tell one day, a FLying Geese  quilt. SHe said that her husband called them "Flying Triangles", and I  thought "Well, he is correct, isn't he? I like that!" And they have  been flying triangles to me ever since that time. I also thought how  sweet it was that he was sharing her passion. She dropped out of guild  shortly thereafter, as she became pregnant ( she was thrilled beyond  belief) and had to have complete bedrest for the entire pregnancy.

A couple of years later there was a very gruesome story in our local  paper about some beast who had killed his wife, and paid a guy to bury  the body. Well, the guy who got paid didn't bury the body - he dumped  it on a garbage pile where it was found days later by innocent people  dumping their garbage. It was Patsy. I hardly knew her, but it has  haunted me for these many years now. Innocence betrayed. I guess it  points out to me that we know each other's lives on the surface - as  quilters - but we never really know what other's lives are like behind  closed doors. It was a long time before I could look at a FLying  Triangles quilt again, and it still bothers me. 20

On a lighter note, now that I have ruined your day, I've never heard  the term "ear worm" but now I know what it is that gets me every night.  Every morning of my life I wake up with a song in my head - I call it  the "song of the Day". If it is something wonderful, like the "Theme  from the Chariots of Fire" or the Platters singing "Smoke gets in your  Eyes," it is quite a pleasant morning. But when I wake up with the  theme to Gilligan's Island or Green Acres in my head, I am ready to  slice my wrists by lunchtime.20

And off I go - to do appraisals at a show that I've never done before,  but is delightfully described as "Tea and Quilts", and I have been  located right across from the Tea Room! Teddy Pruett, under the  moss-laden oaks of North FLorida


Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 14:24:31 -0500 From: Joan Kiplinger <jkip@ncweb.com> To: Qhl list <QHL@cuenet.com> Subject: Re: 

According to textile conservationists, moths attack only dirt and grease on wool, otherwise they don't care about wool. Maybe that's why you have minimal problems.


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