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

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

    I pinned DS's twin-size quilt sandwich and laid it out on the sofa so it wouldn't wrinkle before I got the machine back from repair and could quilt it. That was Saturday. If was fine last night. Tonight I came home from work and found the entire long-side lower edge had been attacked and batting ripped out all ragged.

    Can you see from the pictures? The whole length is torn up. Must have for a been a whole mouse hotel.
    What to do? I can't quilt it because not enough batting, and I already trimmed the sides to 2 1/2" all round. Can I carefully unpin and try to attach another piece/pieces of batting along that edge?

    Does Joannes have something to tape together batting? LQS?

    Appreciate any advice
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    there is an iron on tape that is specifically for batting - not sure Joann's has it but your local quilt shop should. Can also be found on line.

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    Yes, Joanns has it. Batting tape.

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    Here is a link to the tape with a video on how it works. I know Elanor used it on a quilt that was already pinned in one of her videos, but don't remember which one.

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    My pups have done this to my quilts before and I too was upset. I just laid more batting over the torn pieces and hand stitched it together. The batting tape should work fine too if you can find it. Once quilted it never showed a bit Sorry that you have to deal with this.
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    Bless her little mouse heart - She is making a nest for her spring babies. I hope you have a cat.

    Sorry but that was my first thought. The batting tape or just hand stitching will add enough batting and it will not show.

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    Joanne's only has it on line but I will try LQS tomorrow. If no luck will try to neatly hand-baste.

    I am now somewhat calm and I am going to go find some batting strips. But guess what I did with the cutoffs from the sandwich? I cut them into squares/rectangles along with the cutoff backing so I could use it to practice FMQ and test thread/tension settings HAH. Little Miss Efficiency!

    Thanks for your help -

    PS - no cat, and our old dog could care less.
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    Rather than the batting tape, just get some fusible interfacing, cut it into .5" - 1" strips and - tada - batting tape at a fraction of the cost!
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    Get a cat. Mice are bad news for a house, and they proliferate. If you can't get a cat, at least get a humane mouse trap and check it every day. We have liberated a lot of field mice back into the wild.

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    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.

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