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Thread: Help! Mouse tore all batting from one side of pinned quilt sandwich!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Oh dear, be sure the rest of your fabric is safely stored away from the mice. I would just unpin that section of the quilt, trim the torn batting so it is not ragged, lay another piece right up against it, and whip stitch the two together. I do that all the time when my batting is too short. For such a small area it would be easier than finding a fusible.
    It's an 84 inch section - all the way down the side of the quilt which was draped on the floor. But could be done!

    Our old cat was a great mouser, brought us many trophies in her day. I thought we had got rid of all the mice when they left the kitchen (in little body bags if that is not Too Much Info!). It never occurred to me they would still live here but 'eat out' every night!
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    I piece battings all the time, sewing pieces together to make whole batting for a full/queen size. I have tons of scraps from all the quilts I have made, those scraps are like fabric scraps, seems I can never use them all up. I just sew them together by hand with a large zigzag stitch, once quilted one can't tell I did it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I piece battings all the time, sewing pieces together to make whole batting for a full/queen size. I have tons of scraps from all the quilts I have made, those scraps are like fabric scraps, seems I can never use them all up. I just sew them together by hand with a large zigzag stitch, once quilted one can't tell I did it.
    If you could see my storage closet with the bags of leftover strips and pieces of batting stuffed between books and papers, you would have a field day!

    Do you machine quilt heavily? do your quilts get washed much?

    My concern is that hand sewing might not stay in place when you make your sandwich and keep smoothing out the quilt top - does it ever roll up or lump up?

    As a beginner if there are 10 things to go wrong I will find half of them any given day! This week I've found ALL of them, mouse included, plus dealer forgetting to finish my machine maint and putting my bobbin case in wrong twice.
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    Lay your sandwich out on a table; fold both the top and the backing back away from the damaged batting.
    Trim away the damaged batting in a long strip.
    Cut a new batting strip the width needed.
    Butt the edges of the old batting and the new strip and use batting tape or a serpentine or zigzag machine stitch to join them (my preference).
    Reassemble the sandwich and keep on keeping on!

    But, I must say, it seems to me you have more problems than a torn batting if a mouse in your house has done such damage in one day. I hope you catch it....and all it's buddies.....quickly. Rodent droppings can be very hazardous to your health.

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    Nasty little buggars! Cute- but destructive. The only good mouse is an outside mouse! Check all your fabric stash immediately, and put it in totes.

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    I live in the country with pasture all around and I understand the "mouse" problem. We put out the "mouse food" all over the house and got rid of the ones IN the house. But the best thing we did was to get an outside cat. We haven't seen a mouse in several years. He also catches moles and gophers. I will never be without an outdoor cat! We have since taken up all the poison, because our dog is inside a lot.

    On the batting, just cut a strip and use a large whip stitch to attach it. Once you quilt it you won't have to worry about it moving.
    Last edited by sylviak; 03-07-2012 at 06:14 AM.

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    Ummmm, I think I'd be a bit more concerned about the fact that I had mice in my house, than the fact that some batting was torn from a basted quilt.

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    I would cut away the ruined part of the batting and just lay in another piece. Once it is quilted it isn't going to shift. Maybe just use some spray baste to hold it while you quilt. Some mouse has a nice cozy home!
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    No advise about quilt but you might find this interesting I came home from being gone 2 months. Mouse dropings all over my kitchen counters all dog food under sink ate up I bleached everything set out traps got 2 mice upstairs I guess they had did away with a few mice in there house while I was gone. Well I knew I still had at least one mouse left because I saw him. Well about 2 weeks ago I started seeing mouse droppings on my counter again now mind you I have 3 traps out. BUT EVERY morning I have to disinfect my counters I just can't seem to get rid of him

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    Get the mouse traps out and then baste a piece in and no one will ever know.

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