Monday, September 23, 2013

Proper Storage of Quilts

Quilts can take hours, weeks, months and even years to create.  This is why it's important to store a quilt properly when it is no in use.  Here are a few simple tips:
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • If you use florescent lighting, filter the light.  Very inexpensive methods for this can be purchased at your local home improvement store.
  • Keep incandescent light at least 12-18" from your quilt.  This lighting is hot and can scorch your fabric.
  • Room Temperature of 60-70 degrees is the best with comfortable mid-range humidity (around 50-60%)
  • Avoid stacking quilts on top of each other is small spaces
  • Never use moth balls or insect repellents around your stored quilts
  • Never use Febreeze or other fabric fresheners on your quilts.  
  • If a quilt is musty when taken out, air it out for a few days on a flat surface, ie: an unused bed and the odors will slowly disappear.
  • Do not store quilts on wooden shelving where the fabric and the shelving come into direct contact
  • Place a small roll of acid free tissue paper at the creases of a folded quilt.
Happy quilting and storing of your precious textile art.