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Thread: cedar chest and quilts

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    I would line it with muslin, or wrap the quilts in a sheet before putting them in the chest. Cedar contains oils which repel insects, but the oil may soak into the fabric. I think the age, quality and the finish of the wood effects how it will interact with the fabric. Usually, the older the cedar is the more the oil has dissipated, but better be safe than sorry.
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    I have stored quilts in my cedar chests for 30 years. I put them all in pillow cases and then change them every so many years.
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    Not unless you wrap them in acid free paper. The oil from the cedar will make brown spots on your quilt and you cannot get them out.

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    I have quite a few quilts in my cedar chest. I took some pieces of sheet plastic that Jim had and just used thumb tacks to secure it. I made very sure that every inch was covered before I put the quilts in. I have had no problem. I am sure it will be okay if you cover EVERY inch of the wood.
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    Interesting - I never knew this!

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    I had my baby blanket which was hand crocheted by my mon in my cedar chest from the 70's. In the 90's I found that where the fabric folds touched the wood, the fabric deteriorated.

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    Stored textiles also need air circulation, so take that into consideration along with the acid surface (wood) contact.
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    I would e-mail a company that makes cedar chests and get ther advice. I've had 2 chenille quilts stored in mine for years. They're white and still look new. I think they were called Martha Washington spreads or somethng like that and I can't bear to part with them.

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    I have quilts and a comforter stored in a cedar chest. They are as good as the day (35 Years ago) I put them in it.
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    So much information, I never knew!!! Interesting that some have and some have not been affected by the wood. Wonder if that has something to do with the age of the chest, maybe the treatment of woods long ago versus the treatment of woods today? Oh well, looks like to be a "safe or sorry" decision. Thank you for asking this important question and that you for all the great information!!!!
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