The Sierra Quilt Guild of Tuolumne County is dedicated to providing an atmosphere
of fellowship for anyone interested in the art and craft of quilt making and related
arts by: sharing of skills and knowledge in the field of quilt making, providing
instruction to further the education, knowledge and skills in quilt making through
lectures, workshops, and seminars. We also provide ongoing information on quilting
events and contribute to community education by encouraging the appreciation of the
art of quilting.
For information about the Sierra Quilt Guild, please see Contact Us above.
Caring for Quilts, New and Old
Storage: Quilts need to breathe. They will mildew if stored in plastic. Use a
pillowcase or sheet. Quilts that are stored should be aired every few months. Quilts
that are folded should be refolded three or four times a year to avoid permanent
creases. Keep quilts from direct contact with wood, use acid free tissue paper.
Cleaning: Most new quilts can be washed in cool water using a gentle soap such as
Orvus or Ensure. The bathtub is the best place to wash a quilt. Do not wring but
gently squeeze out the water, then spin on gentle cycle for a short time. Lay the
quilt flat on a sheet to dry. Wall hangings can be vacuumed with an old nylon stocking
over the attachment. An older quilt may be washed by folding it into a sheet and
laying it in the bathtub. Let it soak and then gently press the water out. Rinse
twice. Lift it out by the sheet. Many older quilts, however, should not be washed
at all as delicate seams may pull apart. When handling antique quilts, always consult
an expert first.
Displaying: Quilts should be displayed so their beauty can be enjoyed. They can
be folded and laid across the end of a bed, over the back of a rocking chair, or
on the arm of a sofa. A quilt rack filled with beautiful quilts adds a warm touch
to any décor. Quilts can also make a dramatic statement when hung on the wall. When
hanging a quilt, a good idea is to sew a fabric sleeve across the top on the back
so that the quilt can be hung from a dowel or rod. This evenly distributes the weight,
putting less stress on the stitching.
Lighting: Most fabric dyes will fade with time. Direct light and fluorescent light
speed up the process and even indirect light will cause fading over a long period
of time. Wall quilts should be given a rest. Rotate them every several months.