Storing an Antique Quilt
Correctly storing an antique quilt will add life to an heirloom textile and preserve it. The most excellent way to store a quilt is actually very simple.
The greatest way to store an antique quilt is by spreading it on an unused bed and placing an everyday coverlet over it. Quilts can also be layered on a bed by stacking one on top of another if you own more than one. This storage way keeps quilts safe from dust and light while reducing stress on the vintage fibers that can result from folding then when they are not in use.
If you do need to fold an antique quilt, increase it face down among two well-worn white cotton sheets and gently fold it in a pleated accordion fashion. While storing flat as noted in step one is always best, folding in this manner helps to reduce stress on old fibers and reduces the likelihood of tearing the old fabric pieces making up an antique quilt.
Materials used in developed plastic bags, cardboard boxes, and wooden trunks and chests can all respond with quilting fabrics. These should be avoiding when storing quilts. If effect occur with plastic bags, cardboard, or wood, they can cause quilts to become fragile, prone to tearing or even stain them. Stains like these are very hard to take out from antique quilts without damaging them further.
When using a Rubbermaid or similar container for storage, make sure the textile and the container are both completely dry to avoid mildew from moisture trapped in the container.
If you’re hanging the quilt on the wall for the summer season, be sure distribute the weight evenly over the entire width to avoid stressing the fabric as noted in step four above. Don’t plan to store a quilt on a wall for more than six months.
No matter how or where you store your quilts, avoid sunlight. All light damage to textiles is irreversible.
What You Need
- Everyday coverlet
- Clean cotton sheets
- Rubbermaid-type storage bins
- Fabric sleeve
- Sturdy rod and brackets