I repair my quilt?
Absolutely. If it is a family
heirloom, a gift or something you bought for
yourself at an estate sale. Why not fix it if
you love it! It’s always worth it. Fix
it if you can afford it.
How can I tell the age of my quilt?
Generally, the style and size
of fabric patterns are good clues in determining
the age of your quilt. Look for dates, or if
you have photographs of people with the quilt
in an old album that can help too.
How can I tell if my Quilt is valuable?
This is a two-fold answer—it
is also both subjective and objective. All quilts
have significance of some sort. A quilt can
be valuable emotionally or historically, or
perhaps you bought it and you just love it.
A quilt can also be worth tens of thousands
of dollars if it is a quilt that has been dated
or signed by a famous person, or is associated
with an important place or event.
Over the last half-century quilts have been
valued by art historians and museums as works
of art and by collectors as major investments.
After it’s repaired, should
I continue to use my Quilt
No, I do not recommend continuing to use your
Antique or Vintage Quilt even after it has been
restored or repaired. The reason is that typically
and generally almost all quilts were made from
clothing that had been worn and washed and somewhat
degraded at the beginning of their life. The
second part of their life was as being used
by family members over the years. By the time
it comes to the textile repair studio for a
tune-up, complete restoration, or whatever it
is better to repair it and then display it and
enjoy it, but not sleep under it.
How should I clean
Never wash your quilt in a top
loading washing machine. The center agitator
will act as a destructive element in the wash
cycle and can damage your quilt. Hand-washing
of cotton quilts is what we recommend. Silk
quilts and velvet quilts can be dry cleaned.
Can my quilt be repaired?
Yes. Almost all quilts, including
very badly damaged or deteriorated quilts can
be mended, repaired, restored, tuned-up, re-bound,
cleaned, and brought back to life.