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How to Care for a Quilt

Pristine Storage for Quilts

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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 www.frugalhappyfamilies.com - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 

 

 

 

 

 

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