Here are seven tips plus a bonus tip to help your treasured handmade quilts last longer:
Only wash your quilts when needed. If they have pet fur on them or something that you can just remove with a lint roller then try to do that before putting the quilt in the washing machine. This will minimize wear and tear on the quilt.
Wash in a front loading machine with no agitator. The agitator in older machines can often get quilts tangled up in it and rip them. Do not wash the quilts on hot water and do not use any bleach. Wash on a cold or medium water setting and use baby detergent or Tide Free because there are no dyes in the detergent.
Tumble dry on medium heat. Do not use a hot dryer setting.
Don’t leave the quilt in the sun or in a hot car. If your quilt sits in the back seat of your car for weeks the sun can bleach the fabric and also weaken the fibres in the fabric which can lead to the quilt tearing more easily. Keep the quilt rolled up in the trunk away from the hot sun and the heat.
Keep the quilts away from pets. Pets have sharp teeth and claws and sometimes pets will even chew on a quilt.
Don’t eat or drink over the quilt. This can result in spills that cause stains. If this does happen then use a stain treater like “Shout” and get the quilt into the wash right away before the stain has time to set.
When your quilts are in storage pull them out at least every six months to fluff them up and re-fold them so they are not always folded on the same fold lines. The fold lines can eventually weaken the fibres in the fabric and the quilts can wear out faster.
For an antique quilt try to soak it in something like Soak Wash or Zero or cleaner for soaking knits that doesn’t need to be rinsed. Then very gently squeeze the water out of the quilt and lay it flat to dry on a clean sheet on a clean patch of lawn. Keep the quilt out of direct sun by using the shade of a tree or a house. Hanging the quilt to dry could cause the quilt seams to weaken and rip due to the weight of the wet quilt. Therefore, lay the quilt flat out of the sun.
I hope these tips help you to keep your handmade quilts in great shape and lasting for many years so they can be handed down for generations to come.
Exciting news! The newest Pixel Heart Quilt pattern by Daydreams of Quilts is out now! Discount code and links are below.
If you’ve been following me for a while you know I love vacationing in the Rocky Mountains. It only made sense for me to design a quilt that expresses my great love for this place. My quilt features mountains, pine trees, blue sky and a turquoise lake all within a Pixel Heart.
This quilt measures 60” x 60” and it’s a great way to use up scraps and small cuts of fabric.
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I am in the Canadian Modern Quilt Bee on Instagram this year (#canadianmodernquiltbee) and for my bee block in January I chose the log cabin heart block by Just Jude. You can read more in her blog post. She has a free tutorial/pattern with a YouTube video.
Originally I wanted my blocks to have a Kona snow background and I was going to make a large rainbow quilt. Some of my bee mates didn’t have Kona snow though so half my blocks came with a white background and I decided to make two quilts.
One quilt is for my son’s girlfriend and one is for her twin sister. Both girls are graduating from high school this week.
I am so appreciative to my bee mates for helping me make the blocks for these quilts and I know the girls will love them as they have grown up with quilts from their Mom and their Grandma too.
I put a cute Anne Kelle print from Robert Kaufman on the borders of Matryoshka dolls and used striped Essex linen for the binding.
The back is an ombré dots wideback by Vanessa Christenson for Moda.
I am so pleased to have finished these two quilts in time for the graduation and can’t wait for the girls to receive them!
I made a quilt several years ago and then I basically “ruined” it with poor quilting choices. The quilt has sat for years unfinished until this weekend when I decided to cut it up and reupholster my dining chairs.
I made a six minute YouTube video where I tell you the whole story. Learn from my mistakes both on the quilt and on my first fabric choice for the chairs. Then learn how I reupholster the chairs for a happy ending.
Handmade keychains, or key fobs as we call them in the sewing world, are fun to make and they are great to have in your vendor booth at craft shows. Since I have a few in-person shows coming up I thought I would make some more to add to my stock.
To make a ribbon key fob you need the following:
13″ cotton webbing
13″ grosgrain ribbon
key fob hardware
a lighter to melt the ribbon ends
needle nose pliers
scrap of fabric to protect hardware
Note: melt the ribbon ends first and do not light the flame when using E-6000 glue or while the glue is drying
Melt the ribbon ends to prevent fraying by passing the ribbon ends through the blue part of the flame on a lighter.
Clip the ribbon to the webbing and topstitch down each side.
Spread some E-6000 glue inside the key fob hardware. Fold the webbing in half and put the ends into the glue.
Close the hardware with your fingers and then squeeze it tight with the pliers. Use the fabric scrap to protect the hardware from scratches. Let the glue set and dry and you’re done!