Art Quilt Care
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about caring for fiber art quilts.
- How do I care for my new art quilt?
- What is the best way to launder my quilt?
- What is the best way to hang my quilt?
- Is there anything I should be aware of when hanging my quilt?
- Should I insure my quilt?
- Can I put my small art quilt under glass?
Q: How do I care for my new art quilt?
A: Keep out of direct sunlight or strong lighting. Lightly vacuum to remove dust. If you cannot adjust the strength of the suction on your machine, place a fine screen over the surface to vacuum through.
Q: What is the best way to launder my art quilt?
A: First make sure your quilt is able to be laundered. Verify that all the materials used on the surface can be submerged in water. Any exceptions should be noted on the label. If you must launder your quilt the best way is to just hand wash gently in warm water. Swish the quilt side to side or gently up and down. Do not rub. If detergent is used it should be a mild one, with neutral PH. Art quilts should only be lightly vacuumed.
Q: What is the best way to hang my art quilt?
A: There are two easy methods for hanging your quilt that has a "sleeve". (An attached pocket of fabric along the top edge of the quilt.)
1. You may use a small curtain rod in the sleeve and hang with with wall hooks or decorative rod holders.
2. Another option is to cut a wood slat longer than the sleeve but shorter than the width of the quilt. Seal the wood to prevent the acid from damaging the fabric, and drill a hole through each end just past the sleeve. Using finishing nails, tack the quilt to the wall placing the nails in the holes you drilled. Some artists will include a slat either in wood or acrylic ready for hanging. Small eye hooks on the end of the board can also be used instead of drilling through the board. The small nails will be put through these eye hooks.
Q: Is there anything I should be aware of when hanging my art quilt?
A: It is best to have your quilt with at least a little distance between it and the wall. This allows for air circulation. This is very important in high humidity areas.
Q: Should I insure my art quilt?
A: This is up to you and your insurance agent. If you have a large collection, you should consider insuring it as a collection.
Q: Can I put my small art quilt under glass?
A: You can, but it is a good idea to take it to a professional framer that has experience with textiles. All materials must be acid free as in framing other fine art. There must be ventilation around the piece so no moisture will collect that could break down the fabric. In addition, the glass must not rest on the surface of the quilt so as not to trap moisture against the piece.