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

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    I piece battings very often and I usually just whip stitch them together unless it is a firm one like warm and natural. Then I run a zigzag line tby machine to join the pieces. Batting has become so expensive .

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    My first thought was "buy a mousetrap."

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    I have seen the tape used for batting. It is awesome

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    yes joanns does have spray adhesive or the tape will work fine.
    SMILE- it will make everyone wonder what you are up to.
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    That makes me think of the time some years ago I had a flannel backed table cloth on a picnic table on the deck and the squirrels tore a good share of the backing off of the table cloth. Probably made good nesting material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky View Post
    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!
    yes, this! JoAnn has very lightweight fusible, a whole "bolt" is very cheap ($6?) and you can cut strips/pieces to patch in batting. MUCH MUCH cheaper than batting tape (sure wish I'd have thought of that tape - quite the money-maker!). I've done this and it works great.

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    I mended the quilt batting with tape as I was not finding it easy to join two edges by hand - either thread too tight or too loose. When I pinned it back together I noticed a chewed area right on the seam at the right-angle corner of the outside strip of the corner triangle, of all places, so I had to perform a little strip surgery on each side of the strip, which I did by hand. Lessons learned there!

    I looked under the sofa and to my horror discovered that it contained several of those little felt catnip mice, half chewed, and a rather thick scattering of mouse poop, along with other bits of fuzz. I don't think the catnip mice were pooping, but were the real mice playing with the catnip mice? Hmmmm. Poor old cat has been gone for a few years.

    Housecleaner evidently didn't move sofa ever (shudder) so I am now on a real spring cleaning of my own! There's another positive outcome.

    I put two traps out, baited with PB and toast, and added a couple scraps of batting on top to attract their attention, but no bites yet.

    Well, all's well that ends well.
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    I hope you can fix it. And get mouse traps!

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    Wow - that's unbelievable!!

    I've had mice use the fuzzy inside of a grill cover to build a nest in my gas grill. We found babies when we went to grill for the first time during the season.

    Let's hope you don't have a nest somewhere in your house.

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    must be a reeeeealllly big mouse to do that much damage in one day.

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    I would have been freeked out.......would have unpinned and laundered top and back and used new batting......that piece of batting may be ok but i think mice pee also...................actually i have no experience with mice so am probably overreacting.

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    We have pasture all around us, so very familiar with the little devils. I use to use the old fashioned mouse traps but couldn't catch any mice. So now I use the sticky pads. When we had our house, yard, and shop sprayed they gave us some better sticky pads. Anyway, they usually come in the house in the spring so I keep pads out. But cannot keep the devils out of the vehicles. They chew up the wiring and make their nests. Automotive people hate when they have to get nest out to change the oil. lol One other thing about the sticky pads; other insects get stuck also (think spiders and scorpions).
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    First, I sincerely hope you set a few traps to get that bugger!!!!! You can also sort of tear the edges of a piece and "blend" it into that "eaten" area....should work fine...........

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    oh boy...a mouse is nesting somewhere close by...time to set some traps...gonna have babies...

    Quote Originally Posted by SueSew View Post
    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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    Be prepared!! That'll make one heck of a mouse bed!!!! lol

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    I agree with dunster - just put baste another piece to it. I do that all the time to use up pieces. Once it is finished it doesn't show.
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    So sorry that happened to your quilt. My recommendation is ---Get a cat!

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    There is also a product you can buy by the yard. I am pretty sure it is called French Fuse. I ask one time at Hancock's if they had the batting tape, but they were out of it. One of the ladies sold me the French Fuse. It is on a bolt and you can cut the size of strips you want. I used it to piece two pieces of batting together. It worked great. Was less expensive than the strips and was so thin that there was no trouble quilting through the area I fused. Those mice can be destructive little buggers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky View Post
    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!
    I was going to suggest this very thing!!!
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    Sound like you need a fur baby!

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    Eww...I love some proverbs
    "It is better to feed one cat than many mice."
    "When the cat's away the mice will play"
    "A Cat is a Lion to a mouse."
    "Mice won't dance in a cat's doorway."

    We too live with a pasture and we do not have mice, neighbors on either side, no cats own these neighbors and they have mouse problems. Our two indoor cats patrol house and garage where bird seed, is stored. Kip-purr and Girlie keep our home rodent free. Our Miniature Wire haired Dachshund catches mice and voles (eww inserted here) in the garden area...he's a terrific outside mouser. It is said that if mice enter into an area and sense that cat's are there they move on...in our experience that certainly seems to be the case.

    There is one thing that you can be certain of, if you see one mouse and or droppings there are many mice in the area or will be within 3 weeks. One mouse gestates in 17-21 days giving birth from 3-14 per litter. Females can breed @ 5 weeks, males the same. Having 5-10 litters a year....

    Isn't it interesting, at least to me....that there is now gray area when it comes to cats. It seems either people like/love cats or they hate them. I understand allergies, I also understand generalities but that has been my observation.

    Mice dart across open floors...their highway's are along baseboards....place some traps along their highway's and where there is evidence of where they party. I would suspect that you already have a population considering the damage done in such a short time.

    Like my Mom used to say it's no shame to have a mouse, it's a tragedy to provide a home for them. So your doing good girlfriend in getting busy to carry those buggers out in body bags. However since you've previously had a cat...it would be wonderful to provide another kitty a loving home and it will repay you with keeping your home free of these filthy rodents.
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    Onalee, thank you for that nice post about the cats and mice. I had no idea about the breeding habits. I am sending someone brave - the DH - to the basement to find that nice white fluffy batting which they are using for nesting and destroy the nests. The traps I put out they laughed at, and made off the the bits of batting stuck on them!
    Thanks to everyone encouraging me to get a cat. Every time I go by the animal shelter (right on the way to Joann's!!!) I have to try not to pull in. Maybe I should give in and bring one home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post

    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.

    Jan in VA
    I have to agree. That seems an awful lot of damage, done very quickly for one little mouse. I would think you either have something bigger like rat or squirrel or a whole lot of mice. Either way, I would be on the phone with an exterminator darn quick as any of those can do a whole lot more damage than a bit of torn batting, like chewing wires which will short and cause electrical fire.

    Not only that but you may wish to inspect your stash of batting, fabrics and such for more evidence of raiding and infestation. The last thing you want is any of these rodents trying to make a nest in your home and that certainly looks like what is on their mind. I'd be setting out poison and/or traps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueSew View Post
    Onalee, thank you for that nice post about the cats and mice. I had no idea about the breeding habits. I am sending someone brave - the DH - to the basement to find that nice white fluffy batting which they are using for nesting and destroy the nests. The traps I put out they laughed at, and made off the the bits of batting stuck on them!
    Thanks to everyone encouraging me to get a cat. Every time I go by the animal shelter (right on the way to Joann's!!!) I have to try not to pull in. Maybe I should give in and bring one home.
    Oh you are so welcome SueSew!!!! I'm grinning for ear to ear to think you are considering saving a kitty and giving it a Forever Home.... Can I be it's God Mother???? Please post pictures of your new family member if you decide as a family that you can go to JoAnn's AND pull into the animal shelter on your way home, bringing home a wonderful addition to your life!!!!!
    Smiles from Idaho,
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    Have read the board for months but haven't commented before..Much enjoyment and knowledge gained from here.

    For the first time in the 13 years we have lived here in the Missouri boonies we had a problem...We have all sorts of wildlife running around...some annoyances but no serious damage..until this year when we got in the car to go for our monthly shopping trip and our car wouldn't start...DH looked under the hood to find several wires had been eaten...made it to the dealership and they were able to patch the wires without having to replace the wiring harness...still cost a bundle...Did it again but DH got a look at the critter which was/is a packrat....What to do???? can't keep having it fixed..ended up spending over $200. Out of the blue..where it came from I don't know...I thought of making mothball bags to put in different places in the engine compartment...used a dozen 6 in squares of muslin folded in half,about 12 mothballs in each and sewed them up..distributed them next to wiring and that cured the problem ...just have to remember to take them out before we go and put them back...we forgot once and lost a sparkplug wire..luckily we had extra ones for just in case. No odor inside the car from using them....

    No problems in the house as we have 5 adopted cats..3 that people have turned out and wandered up....one of which was 15 minutes pregnant when she came in LOL ..63 days later we had a litter and kept 2 we just couldn't part with...we have had to place many, many more that we couldn't afford to keep with Haven of the Ozarks. However can't say the cat would be in the middle of the laid out quilt...matter of fact would guarantee it...but if it comes to a choice...I'll take the cat over the mouse any day....

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