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Old 03-24-2014, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Bedspreadhead View Post
Thanks for all the advice. The only advice I, myself, can offer is to have your will written by an excellent lawyer, and try to give valuable things away BEFORE you die, so things like this don't go to the looters and nuts.
I have been giving away some of my quilts to family members and charities. Just mailed off three the other day. Also,give to Quilts Without Borders for overseas children in need......good organization. I too would say wash the quilts several times. good for u for salvaging them.

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Old 03-24-2014, 09:35 AM
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I wonder if I'm the only person in the world who cannot tolerate the odor of Odoban! I tried it once and had to give the rest of it away.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:36 AM
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Tide has a new product - Tide with Febreeze. Might be worth a try.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:44 AM
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My thoughts are: They are basically ruined, so wash them. One thing that I use to freshen up towels, sheets, etc. is to add baking soda and vinegar to my washing machine when I wash them. I would use about 1/4 box of baking soda and a couple cups of vinegar.

This is also how I clean the garberator in the kitchen, which seems to get smelly.

Good luck. Let us all know how you make out.

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Old 03-24-2014, 10:21 AM
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http://www.rockymountainquilts.com/index.php--I read about this lady, Betsey Telford-Goodwin in Yankee magazine. She hand washes all the found quilts that she retores. Perhaps you could contact her.
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:17 PM
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Oh how my heart went out to you in this entry. I have given quilts to my son and his family over the years, and one day when I was over at his house after a move (they are now divorced) there was one of my quilts in the packing quilts pile of rubble......

And then another time when I was accidentally over at "her" house, there were two quilts that I had personalized and made for their two kids in one of her trash piles. Needless to say, my son got a tongue lashing for his half of my discovery, and "she" will never see another quilt of mine at her address. Don't get on my s- - - list, huh?

Anyway, I don't know how I got off on this tear; but I commend you for wanting to clean these quilts up, and it sounds like you are doing the same thing I would do. It breaks my heart to see something like that happen.
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:34 PM
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Wash them by any means above and then hang them outside on your line or deck rail in the sun for at least two days, three is better, if they still smell then do all this again. You can hang them with the pretty side in...
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by oldtnquiltinglady View Post
Oh how my heart went out to you in this entry. I have given quilts to my son and his family over the years, and one day when I was over at his house after a move (they are now divorced) there was one of my quilts in the packing quilts pile of rubble......

And then another time when I was accidentally over at "her" house, there were two quilts that I had personalized and made for their two kids in one of her trash piles.
It's really annoying to see how ungrateful people are. I had little interest in the quilts because I think it's trashy to squabble over dead people's belongings, but this person has a grasping, greedy mentality, and she got them. It was part of a pattern. When relatives died, she would start claiming they had told her they wanted her to have this or that item, and it would end up in her house. Or she would simply take things from other people's houses and then claim she had had them all along. Then she let it all disintegrate. Now she is clamoring for my mother's silver, while my dad is still alive. My mother's gold Rolex and wedding ring are gone, probably pawned. My grandmother's wedding ring is gone. Tons of gold chains. Family photos were stolen. I recovered some. Others were lost to mold.

She fooled a relative into paying for most of a house for her and then giving her a right of survivorship. We finally got her out last week. Today a mold remediation guy told us every wall would have to come out. She left a water leak open under the house for years. I'm not the world's best housekeeper, but some people defy belief.

Your story makes me really angry, but I guess decent people should be grateful for the lessons others teach us about themselves.

Sorry if I seem to be turning a forum post into group therapy, but this has been a remarkable experience!
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Old 03-24-2014, 04:37 PM
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Let's face it... the quilts are ruined now. Nothing you do can hurt them any further. It can only improve them.

I'm surprised if it was a drug house you could have them at all...usually all of that is confiscated and destroyed because of the hazardous toxins in the very fibers of the items. That's why kids and other when taken from drug house can only leave with the clothes on their back and then they are destroyed once the kids are cleansed by social services (we provide blankets for this charity is why I know this).

Unless you have super good ventilation, I don't think I would even attempt to save them. That is harsh but do you really really really want to jeopardize your health for the quilts?

I would not have them in my house or car so the toxins do not leach out from them.

Putting them outside to air won't hurt them at this point either.

Ask a company that specializes in cleaning crime scenes (ask police for names) if they can be saved. It would be worth the money for an expert to do it rather than put you and your family at any risk.

Of course this is just my opinion. I value my current family & health over heirlooms that are currently ruined anyway.
I agree with Moonwork about not having them in my house because of the toxins leaching out from the drugs not to mention the mold and other contaminants you mentioned. Please do some research there are drugs that are so toxic that they can't be removed from fabrics. In one of my volunteer pursuits I work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and I've seen young children under 3 test positive for meth from being in the location where the parents were "cooking". The children were not able to bring any toys or clothes due to the contamination so please be careful.
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:18 PM
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how about some pictures when you get done? we would love to see the quilts that you put so much work into. thanks in advance.
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