Last Updated 11 October 2021

This information is from a very knowledgeable, quilt historian and quilt restorationist who is a member of the American Quilt Study Group. This is shared with permission.  Wool is an animal fiber, naturally acidic, prefers an acidic environment. Can be damaged by alkaline/base substances.

  • Cotton is a cellulose plant fiber, naturally alkaline, prefers a PH neutral or base environment. Can be damaged by acidic substances.
  • Your wool objects love being in a cedar chest both for insect protection and the acid in the wood.
  • Your cotton objects will be destroyed in the same environment.
  • Your cotton objects love being in an acid-free box.
  • Your wool objects will be damaged in the same acid-free box unless you use the liner for wool objects sold by reputable textile box makers. And change that liner according to manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Put a wool batt on top of a cotton batt, force them in close contact by sandwiching them between fabric and stitching them-----
  • You create a ticking Time Bomb. They are constantly quietly destroying each other.

BTW - you create the same Time Bomb if you use wool batts inside cotton fabric.  The Bomb may not explode in your lifetime. But when it does and your descendants bring the shattered quilt to someone like me, there will be nothing that can be done to "fix" it.

I know this is true but I had not thought of it in regards to combining quilt batts. The information at the museum supply company where I buy my storage boxes tells you the same thing. Do not put animal protein products (wool, silk) in a buffered box or use acid-free paper.

Upcoming Quilt Shows / Exhibits


Montgomery Quilt Walk on October 1-2, 2021 in Historic Downtown Montgomery, TX.  We are excited to start an event tradition that captures the enthusiasm for and beauty of quilts and showcases the charm of our slice of Texas history. Although our event is sponsored by the City of Montgomery, it is being organized by people who love quilts. 
For more information:  @montgomeryquiltwalk on Facebook, #montgomeryquiltwalk on Instagram or  www.montgomeryquiltwalk.com.


The Lakeview Quilters Guild in Nassau Bay invites you to our 2021 Online Auction: https://auctria.com/auction/LakeviewQuiltersGuild
Bidding opens Tuesday, October 12 and closes Sunday, October 24. The online auction features completed quilts, lottery block sets, and vintage quilts donated by members and friends of LQG. Feel free to browse! Registration is required to bid.  If you happen to be traveling to Houston, our in-person event is Monday, October 18, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay, TX 77058 (right across from the Johnson Space Center). The event includes a Silent Auction and Boutique featuring fabric, notions, kits, small quilts, block sets, magazines, patterns & books. Cash, Checks, Credit Cards accepted.  For more about our guild, see www.lakeviewquiltersguild.org.

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