Whether you purchase a beautiful handstitched Amish quilt or receive one as a gift, you now own a timeless work of art that took hours to create. Properly cared for, an Amish quilt will provide you with years of use and can be handed down to your loved ones. Caring for an Amish hand-stitched quilt is not difficult and is as easy as following a few simple guidelines to keep it looking its best.
If your handstitched quilt becomes soiled in just a small area, you may want to spot-clean it rather than wash the entire quilt. Always use a gentle soap that is free of harsh chemicals and rub the area gently to loosen the dirt before blotting the area clean with a soft, dry cloth. Spot cleaning is best done with cool water to avoid fabric bleed.
Airing your quilt
Quilts can pick up normal household odors, such as cooking odors or a musty scent if used in a room with improper humidity control. One of the best ways to freshen up a handstitched quilt is to place it outdoors to air it out. This can be done by placing your quilt over an outdoor table or hanging it over a clothesline.
Washing your quilt
If your quilt starts to appear drab, it may be because of dust that has settled into the quilt fabric. Most handstitched quilts are constructed with washable fabrics, and many will come with cleaning instructions. You may also have your quilt dry-cleaned if desired.
For washing, place the quilt in the washer and fill the washer with soap and water and then turn off the washer to avoid any agitation. Use your hands to push the quilt up and down to distribute the soap and allow it to soak for a few hours before advancing your machine to the spin cycle. Finally, allow the washer to fill with water for rinsing, and repeat the no-agitation process followed by a final spin cycle before laying your quilt flat on towels to dry or tossing it in the dryer on a no-heat setting.
There is nothing quite as charming and beautiful as a handstitched Amish quilt and keeping it looking as lovely as the day you received it is important. Your Amish quilt is a cherished item you will want to preserve for future generations. With a little tender loving care, your quilt will provide you with years of lasting beauty.
For more information about Amish handstitched quilts, contact a local seller.