This week I began working on the small 9 square lap quilt I am making for my neighbor Velma. It started with a multiple of pre hand quilted log cabin squares done by her mother. (still no date on when they were actually made)
The squares had been kept in chest laced with moth balls.
After many washings with vinegar and baking soda I felt confident the smell had been removed as well as the quilted squares holding up beautifully to the machine washings.
This week I began piecing the 9 chosen squares together and I have the 3 rows now in place ~ a good feeling
if it wasn’t for one small problem
Not all of the moth ball ‘fumes’ are actually gone, in fact they may be getting stronger. As I work, my eyes start burning and yes lips seem to be tingling as well. While the smell is not actually evident there seems to be residue lingering on the fabric.
It may be back to the washing for this beauty or full steam head – damn the torpedo’s and then the washing once all is in place.
Any one have any ideas that I could try ?