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  • redcaboose1717
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    I kept the embroidered baby quilts my MIL made for each of my children until they had their own kids......These were light weight quilts without batting, but I would occasionally take them out of the antique trunk I had stored them in ( in pillowcases ) and wash them occasionally.
    While fabrics and yarns have improved over the last 60 some years I still think it's best to take items out and wash & dry them occasionally.
    When my DD was born in 1978, my MIL gave me a beautiful hand knitted Pink Sweater Set that she had originally made for my DH Terry prior to his birth. My MIL told me at the time that if I washed it not to be upset if it shrank.....and WOW did it shrink! I still have the Sweater set packed away. I really appreciated the fact that my MIL was so giving when our kids were born. She is 90 yrs young and still cranking out knitted, crocheted, Cross Stitched and sewing items for her family......Bless her!
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  • Cool Breeze Quilter
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    Originally posted by Bernina2 View Post
    I am making baby quilts for my young grand daughters.
    I store them rolled up and stored in a cotton pillowcase.
    Never store in a plastic bag or plastic container.
    Cotton must be able to breath.
    Refolding occasionally may prevent fold marks.
    I'm so glad you mentioned not to store quilts in a plastic bag or plastic container. Fabrics need to breath and a quilt could be ruined this way.

    However if you are mailing a quilt to someone it is a GOOD idea to wrap the quilt in a plastic bag in case the box breaks and liquid from another package gets on the quilt. This may be overdoing it but I would even double box a quilt just to be safe. We put a lot of time, money and love into the quilts we make.

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  • Cool Breeze Quilter
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    I haven't read all the responses yet so this might be a repeat.

    1. Don't store quilts directly on wood (shelf for example.) The oils from the wood can permanently stain the quilt.
    2. Yes wash your quilts when they are finished the oils from our hands and just dirt from handling when we make them makes it a good practice. Plus the oils from our hands if left unwashed can show up as stains in the future.
    3. It is best to store your quilts flat if possible (on the guest bed for example.)
    3. If this isn't possible it is OK to roll your quilts with a clean sheet or acid free paper around them.
    4. Don't fold your quilts longterm. If you are going to fold them for storage refold them every 3 months to prevent permanent crease marks.
    4. Store your quilts in temperature controlled areas if possible (never an attic for example. Not that a quilter would EVER do this).
    5. Do not dry clean your cotton quilts. The dry cleaning chemicals are not good for a cotton quilt.

    A good rule of thumb is to store a quilt in an area that you would be comfortable in yourself.

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  • Hulamoon
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    Are space savers bad? I have comforters in some and they seem fine when I take them out.

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  • bakermom
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    I don't know why it wouldn't work. Maybe lay a cloth on the shelf first or loosely cover them all in a sheet to protect from dust?

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  • RockinLou
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    I'm resurfacing this thread because I was searching for ideas on this topic ... I have room in a closet to keep them on the shelves, and I definitely don't have a pillowcase for each quilt that needs storage. Is there any reason I can't just pile them up on a shelf in a closet? My closet space is valuable, but so are my quilts!!

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  • bec
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    I've read that if you must store quilts, they should be folded on the bias and refolded at least once a year.

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  • LindaKay75
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    For now I have my quilts, 6 total working on 2 more, hanging in my closet just waiting for this thread. Thank you for all the suggestions. I'm thinking maybe rolling them and store them in pillow cases would be the way for me to go.

    I've made many quilts which were given to family members and friends and hope they are using them. When your hobby is making quilts what do you do with them all? Is there a stopping point?

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  • shirleyknot
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    They have skin oils and whatever in them from the handling. You really should was them.

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  • CraftyJnet
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    I agree, everyone has been giving really good ideas. Should I wash the quilts after I make them and before I store them? Or should I leave them as is?

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  • TMP
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    I read that someone stored quilts by taking a quilt and laying it on a spare bed, then laying down a white bed sheet on top of the quilt and repeating this with another quilt and a white sheet and so on. I wondered if this would work long term and of course you need that extra bed. This is a really interesting thread because we all have extra quilts and I am curious to hear everyone's ideas

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  • Patty J
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    I'm not so sure about the fabric softener sheets suggested. One time (a while ago) I heard that someone got a spot on their fabric that was from the dryer sheet. It was reported to be a kind of grease stain. I've been leery about that ever since.

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  • snippet
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    Fold them in the bias and put in a storage tote. Set a date every year to get out the storage tote and refold all the quilts inside. Tape that date onto the storage tote with an index card. If you use a calendar, write that date in your calendar to remind you.

    When you refold the quilts, write the year onto that index card. That way you'll know when you refolded and when it needs to be done next.

    Folding on the bias helps to prevent permanent creases in the quilt. There's an article or video showing you how to do it. It's easy too.

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  • bakermom
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    Originally posted by shirleyknot View Post
    theres always the GGK to deal with. I have 4 of those now.
    Yeah, I told DDs when I'm gone it's their job to keep passing them out to the next generation. They are all quilters too so there will be an abundance of quilts in this family

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  • Bernina2
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    I am making baby quilts for my young grand daughters.
    I store them rolled up and stored in a cotton pillowcase.
    Never store in a plastic bag or plastic container.
    Cotton must be able to breath.
    Refolding occasionally may prevent fold marks.

    Leave a comment:

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