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Thread: Storing finished quilts

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    Storing finished quilts

    What's the best way to store finished quilts that you don't have room to hang or display? I know keeping out direct sunlight is best, but can you safely keep them folded on the shelf? Is it okay to store them in the plastic zip bags that you get pillows/sheets, etc in? Want to be sure and keep them safe until I give them away as gifts or sell them.

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    I think the best way is to lay them out on a bed. They can be stacked and covered with a sheet to protect them from light.

    Plastic does not allow the fabrics to breathe and moisture can condense inside, so it is usually not recommended.

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    I spread them all out on my spare bed. Then cover with a sheet as Prism 99 said. If they are very large and I need to fold them I move and refold every three months.

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    I'm another who spreads them out on a spare bed. When we have a guest there are a lot of quilts to be moved!

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    I keep mine folded up in a pillowcase on a shelf. I take them out and refold at the change of the seasons. Maybe if I had an extra bed I might be inclined to keep a few...HMM!

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    I make matching pillowcases for each quilt and store my finished quilt in its own case. The all cotton pillowcase lets my quilt "breathe", keeps out the dust and light and I can tell at a glance what quilt is in there because it matches the pillowcase. This also makes for fewer left over bits and pieces after finishing a quilt.
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    I keep all of my quilts that aren't in use on the beds in my 2 small guest rooms.
    I don't display quilts, mostly cause they're too big; I don't make wallhangings, large lap quilts are the smallest I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    I make matching pillowcases for each quilt and store my finished quilt in its own case. The all cotton pillowcase lets my quilt "breathe", keeps out the dust and light and I can tell at a glance what quilt is in there because it matches the pillowcase. This also makes for fewer left over bits and pieces after finishing a quilt.
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    What a terrific idea. I love how organized you are. gina

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    Great ideas! Thanks. I haven't had the problem of storing quilts. My kids confiscate them as soon as I finish making them.

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    Have a couple quilt stands that I rotate the quilts periodically.

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    If I can't store them on a bed, I fold them and keep them in a pillowcase on the shelf. However, I don't fold them "square", I fold them on the diagonal to prevent permanent fold lines in the quilt. I read this in a quilt magazine a looooong time ago, can't remember what magazine.

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    I use my oversized suitcases (have 3 very large ones) to store quilts in. I use as many as possible on chairs, couch, etc, and I do keep a certain number on shelves in my sewing room, where they do not get any direct sun light. I also keep 6 or 7 in a glass quilt display case. I have 3 antique quilts I keep in an acid free box.
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    I haver some PVC poles that I bought at a quilt shop eons ago. They're staggered & you can drape your quilts over them & then hang them in my spare closet (under the stairs). I've also stored them folded in white cotton pillowcases.
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    I WISH I had this problem. I have yet to make a quilt I can keep!!! In fact, more of my quilts are out of the country than are in!

    I need my own quilt.

    As soon as this chemo quilt is done so I can send it off to my friend in need.
    ... and the baby quilt going to England for my pregnant step-daughter
    ... and the "house" quilt for same step-daughter

    And if anyone else gets married or pregnant they're just SOL!!
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    I read of someone who hangs her quilts on pants hangers, then puts on a rod in a spare closet, that way there are no sharp folds, just loopy folds. She doesn't pack them tight, so they still breath and stay uncreased. Large quilts wouldn't work this way of course.

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    Right now all of mine are on display.

    However, my friend bought the storage containers from IKEA. The are cloth with a zipper around the top and can hold more than 1 quilt and fit nicely on a closet shelf.

    I love to go to her house when she refolds them.

    ali
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