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  • Writer's pictureTerri Tomoff

Quilt Care 101

Have you ever inherited a quilt? Have you bought a quilt or another vintage or heirloom item that needs TLC? Or have you ever had a quilt made and needed care instructions?

If so, this blog post is for you. Several years ago, when I began giving a logo bag with the commissioned quilts I was creating for others with NeedleOnFull, a need arose in how my customers should take care of their new treasured keepsakes. Hubby Bill suggested that I create a document about washing instructions to place in each bag, along with the quilt. I took it one step further. I researched on who else might have done the same thing so I didn't have to reinvent the wheel.

It didn't take long for me to find ISeestarsQuilting by Christen Phillips. I reached out to her and asked if I could use her document. She replied with a YES, as long as I cite her (it is already on the sheet below). I've been including this valuable information on how to properly care for any quilt for years. I also tried finding it again on her site but couldn't. Thankfully, I make many copies to share.

If you have a quilt that is an heirloom in impeccable condition from the 1700s, call or run to the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) or the Smithsonian Museums ASAP, and DO NOT WASH it! Now that's clear: baby quilts and utility quilts CAN be washed easily and enjoyed for many years.

To accent Ms. Phillps's sheet: Rule #1—The worst thing you can do for your quilt is put it in a closet or keep it tucked away from the world! Please use these.




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