Caring for your Quilt
Art Quilts by Norma Jeanne DeHaven
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Caring for your Quilt
Techniques Used
Vacuuming is the safest cleaning option. Dust particles are removed without undo stress to the fabric & stitching. If your machine has variable suction, reduce the power. Put a netting over the nozzle or use a small clean brush attachment. Make sure there are no rough edges! Gently vacuum both the front and the back of the quilt. Another option is to “fluff” in a dryer at a “no heat” setting for a few minutes.

Wet Cleaning is NOT recommended. Many of the fabrics used are hand dyed, and some residual dye may bleed unto other fabrics. If a quilt gets wet, the best way to dry it is to lay it flat. NEVER: hang a wet quilt; hand wring or twist the quilt; or dry clean a quilt.

Light Exposure: Textile manufacturers state the fabric dyes are light resistant for only 20 hours after exposure before fading begins to occur. Hand dyed fabrics tend to fade more rapidly than that, as they are not treated to prevent fading. Any quilt - antique or new - should be hung out of direct or bright, indirect sunlight.

Storage: I usually ROLL my pieces to store them on a piece of a foam “noodle” (the kind used for playing in swmming pools - readily available during the Summer) Buy a new one - Don’t use a noodle that has been in a pool! Cover rolled quilt with a piece of uncolored sheet, or a pillowcase. Avoid folding and storing with sharp creases; don’t use mothballs or store on a wood surface (cover surface or shelving with acid free tissue paper or uncolored fabric)

If you have any questions, please give me a call.
Norma DeHaven, (608) 658-9439