Whether made by you or some other quilter, you want to make sure to take the very best care of your quilt. Here are a few suggestions that will help maintain your quilt in the best possible manner.
Washing & Drying Machine-wash on gentle with a mild detergent in cold water. There are a number of detergents made for quilts such as Orvis Quilt Soap or Soak Wash Detergent although as long as what is used is mild, regular detergent should be fine. Make sure you do not use bleach. If you have not washed your quilt before, you may want to toss in a “color grabber”. These little sheets help to grab dyes from the fabric that may float in the water. Two good brands are Shout Color Catcher and Carbona Dye Grabber. There are also ways to make homemade color grabbers that can be found on Pinterest. Most quilts can be tumble-dried on a low setting, or dried flat. NEVER line-dry or hang a wet a quilt. You only need to wash most quilts washed every six months or so.
Storing Quilts This may seem like common sense, but keeping your quilt out of direct sunlight is super important. Because Natural fibers degrade after time in UV light, you can protect your quilt by keeping the curtains closed every once in a while. That being said, you can keep your quilt fresh by airing it outside every few months when the weather is cooperative (harder to do in the Pacific Northwest but still possible).
If you decide to store your quilt instead of always having it out, gently roll it up and store in a closet with proper ventilation (and protection from moths). Never store a quilt in a plastic or air-tight container. Check on the quilt every once in a while by opening it up, re-rolling and refolding it so permanent creases do not get a chance to form. Acid-free paper is a good way to store your quilt for an longer period of time, in order to minimize creasing.
Over time, most quilts have some threads that start to become loose or undone. Be sure to tie off loose thread to minimize unraveling. You can also repair loose sections by restitching any areas where the quilt is coming apart.