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.
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!
This is second Holiday Lodge throw quilt that I finished last week. You can see the first one (the light version) in this post.
This quilt uses a Holiday Lodge panel as well as some of the fabrics from the “Holiday Lodge” line by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics. I have added in fabrics from Tula Pink’s “Holiday Homies”, Basic Grey’s “Evergreen”, Kate and Birdie’s “True North” and other fabrics from my stash. There are also Kona snow and Kona black solids. The Holiday Lodge fabrics were purchased from Funky Monkey Fabrics and Thread Count Fabrics.
The Holiday Lodge quilt is available here in the Daydreams of Quilts Etsy shop.
We did actually get some snow here the day before this photo was taken which would have been nice for photos but I’m not sad that it melted quickly.
These fabrics fit in perfectly with the farmhouse decor trend. They make me wish I could spend Christmas in a cozy cabin in the mountains.
I quilted this quilt with various custom quilting motifs including stippling, wishbones, straight lines and loop-de-loops around the plaid bears, trees and stags. The border is quilted with feathers.
The black shooting star fabric as the background for the trees is a Figo Fabrics print from Studio 39 Fabrics.
Here is the first of two quilts I have finished in the last week. This quilt uses a “Holiday Lodge” quilt panel designed by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics. I used some Holiday Lodge fabrics and mixed in other fabrics from my stash including: Basic Grey’s “Evergreen” line, Tula Pink’s “Holiday Homies” line and some Kate and Birdie “True North” fabrics. The “Holiday Lodge” fabrics were purchased from Birdie and Dot Fabrics. There is also Kona Snow and Kona Black fabric in this quilt.
I bought these adorable animal panels and the white border from Funky Monkey Fabrics in the summer when they had a sale on Dear Stella fabrics. I didn’t have a real plan for them other than I thought I might make pillow covers with them.
Then I thought I would like to make a kid’s quilt with them but needed to add to the panels to make it bigger. I collected fabrics in rainbow colours from my scrap bins and cut the panel in half. Then I added the strips of rainbows. I then added the coordinating white border. I felt the quilt should still be a bit bigger as I was thinking it could be for a toddler bed so I ordered the black border and the binding from Thread Count Fabrics. This quilt is 45″ x 51.5″.
The black fabric has a white print of mountains on it and the binding has sticks. So cute! This quilt would be lovely for a family who loves camping or spending time in nature. It’s perfect for my own family actually. 🙂
The animal panels are adorable and they all have virtues. I quilted around them in stipple quilting with variegated rainbow thread in 80 weight from Aurifil.
Having the grid lines printed on the panel makes it so easy to quilt this modern quilt in an equally modern grid. The only spot that’s a bit tricky is the white part of the heart. I wobbled a bit but you can’t tell right? 🙂
Thank you for checking out my fun modern quilt today! I hope your day is going great!
I made this colour blocked modern hexagon quilt this week. It was finished yesterday but it was too windy and rainy for taking quilt photos. My son was my quilt holder today and he helped me get photos of this newest finish. This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop.
This quilt is made entirely with fabrics by designer Alison Glass from her fabric line called “Diving Board.” The fabrics are mermaid and ocean themed. The quilt is backed with a blue fabric by Mia Whittemore from her Flourish line.
I used the Hex n’ More Ruler by Jaybird Quilts to cut the 8″ hexagons and tried to fussy cut the mermaids whenever possible.
This quilt is quilted a quarter inch on either side of all the vertical seams with bright pink thread.
The Hidden Zig Zag Quilt pattern is finally out in the world! I started this pattern a year ago but hit a few road blocks that I’ll tell you about below. I am so happy with my finished quilt though. It has pride of place on my bed.
This is a charm square quilt that uses three charm packs. It’s called “Hidden Zig Zag” because you don’t see the zig zag until the end when the quilt top is put together.
This quilt is more challenging than my Pixel Heart Quilts. I had it basted and ready to quilt last summer and then I made a complete mess of the quilting. I tried to quilt the colourful triangles with curves on each edge. I don’t know how quilters do that. They must use curved rulers because mine looked terrible free hand.
I don’t know why I didn’t quit after the first few but I kept going until I had quilted almost every coloured triangle. I think I thought it would get better as I went along. It didn’t. It looked awful. So then I was faced with the task of ripping out all the quilting. The quilt sat. Then I ripped out about half the quilting. And the quilt sat.
Finally I finished ripping out the quilting in January but in the process I also accidentally sliced a one inch hole in the backing with my seam ripper. 🙁 I was so upset. So the quilt sat some more. Finally on Monday I looked at this quilt and decided that this week was the week this quilt was getting finished.
It had sat for so long that it was dusty and had dog fur on it so I had to lint roll it first. Then I set to work creating feathers in all the zig zags. I am happy with this quilt now but what a struggle I had with this one!
This quilt is made with all Fig Tree fabrics including “Farmhouse”, “Strawberry Fields” and “Strawberry Fields Revsited”. I love it and I’m thrilled to finally have it washed and on my bed!
On another note: Just a quick heads up that our quilt pattern prices on individual patterns are increasing from $10 a pattern to $12 a pattern on June 21st so if you’ve had your eye on some you may wish to pick them up before the price goes up.
A quilt finish to show! Hooray! This is the Modern Tulips Quilt. This quilt was pieced by Daydreams of Quilts and professionally long arm quilted by Geeky Bobbin.
This quilt was made with “Sweet Orchard” fabrics by Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane on the tulip flowers. The base of the flower heads is a Kona green solid. The stems and leaves are Carolyn Friedlander crosshatch fabric in green. The background is Kona Nautical.
This was a fun quilt to make because other than the tulip flowers and leaves it was improvised. Bobbie from Geeky Bobbin said she had a lot of fun quilting it too. She has hidden a butterfly, a snail and a dragonfly in the quilting. The bottom edge of the quilt has ferns and grass quilted in green thread.
The tulip pattern was from the Fat Quarter Shop 2011 Block of the Month for the tulip heads and leaves.
Machine Quilting Details:
The quilt is backed with wideback of Carolyn Friedlander’s Crosshatch fabric in grass green.
I am so happy with the custom work Bobbie did on this quilt! This is only my second time sending a quilt to a long arm quilter and I see more travelling to Bobbie in Toronto in the future.
The Modern Tulips Quilt will be in our booth this weekend at the Etsy Made in Canada Pop-Up in Edmonton.