How to Care for a Quilt
Pristine Storage for Quilts
by Nikki Willhite
Quilting can be a frugal hobby with
careful choices. However, no matter how frugal you make it, quilting takes
time and produces pieces of art. That is why it is so important to properly care
for your quilt when it is done.
Basically there are two kinds of
quilts. There are utility quilts and there are heirloom quilts.
Utility quilts are usually placed on beds and used until the fiber is worn.
Heirloom quilts are more difficult
to make, use more expensive fabric, and only brought out for special occasions
or used for display.
If you need to store a quilt, there
are several rules you need to follow to keep it pristine.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE
IMPORTANT WHEN CARING FOR YOUR QUILTS
Fiber can only be exposed to a
certain amount of sunlight until it loses color. Always store quilts
in a dark place, or display out of the sunlight.
When you fold your quilt for
storage, do not fold it in half. If it gets a crease in the middle, it
will last and fold open like a book. Fold the quilt in thirds and wrap a
sheet around it. Refold the quilt occasionally so that it wrinkles do not
set in. You can also roll it up and store it that way. Fiber needs to breathe.
Never store a quilt in plastic.
If you need to wash your quilt, use
gentle soap, and do not put it in the dryer. You can lay it flat on the
ground inside your house, or dry it outside where it will also air out.
A quilt is a labor of love.
Take good care of it!
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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