I recently returned from a trunk show and teaching engagement with three suitcases full of quilts that needed to be refolded and put back in their proper places around the house. Seven of them were rehung on various walls, with seven others needing to be refolded for the “ladder” quilt rack. This didn’t even make a dent in the clean-up process!
We all know that quilts are a timeless item that can provide warmth, comfort, and beauty to any space. Whether they are heirloom pieces or new creations, quilts need proper care and storage to keep them in good condition.
I’ve always heard that quilts should be refolded periodically to avoid creases from setting in and to redistribute any stress on the seams. However, the frequency of refolding will depend on factors such as the type of fabric, the storage conditions, and the amount of use the quilt receives.
As a general rule, it’s a good idea to refold quilts every few months if they are in storage or displayed on a shelf. If the quilt is being used regularly, such as on a bed or couch, it may need to be refolded more frequently to keep it looking its best.
When refolding a quilt, be sure to use the diagonal method to avoid stressing the seams and to save space in storage. Additionally, be sure to handle the quilt with clean hands and avoid folding it in the same way each time to prevent creases from becoming permanent.
One of the best ways to store quilts is by folding them on the diagonal. In this blog, we will explore why this method is beneficial and provide step-by-step directions on how to do it.
Why Fold Quilts on The Diagonal
Less stress on the seams: Folding quilts in half or thirds can put stress on the seams, which can cause them to weaken or even tear over time. Folding on the diagonal distributes the stress more evenly, reducing the risk of damage to the quilt.
Space-saving: Folding quilts on the diagonal creates a compact bundle that takes up less space than other folding methods. This is especially important if you have limited storage space or want to store multiple quilts in one container.
Aesthetically pleasing: Folding quilts on the diagonal creates a neat and tidy package that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. This is especially important if you display your quilts on a shelf or in a closet where they can be seen.
How to Fold Quilts on The Diagonal
Step 1: Lay the quilt flat on a clean, flat surface. Smooth out any wrinkles or bumps in the fabric. I found it beneficial to lay the top of the quilt away from me, wrong side up.
Step 2: Fold one corner of the quilt diagonally towards the opposite corner, creating a triangle shape. Be sure to keep the edges aligned as much as possible.
To make it easier for me, before step 3, I rotated the quilt with the diagonal fold now at the top of my flat surface.
Step 3: Fold the opposite corner towards the first corner, creating a an elongated rectangle of sorts. Again, keep the edges aligned as much as possible.
Step 4: Fold the sides of the quilt towards the center, creating a smaller rectangle. The sides should meet in the middle of the quilt.
Step 5: Fold the bottom of the quilt towards the top, creating a compact bundle. Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bumps in the fabric as you fold. Fold as many times as necessary to achieve the desired size.
Step 6: Store the quilt in a container that is clean, dry, and free from pests. Avoid storing the quilt in direct sunlight or in a damp or humid environment.
By following these steps, you can safely and efficiently store your quilts on the diagonal.
A Glimpse Into My Personal Storage
I’ve folded over 40 quilts today without even getting to the refolding of the overstuffed built in shelf on a back wall in my studio (gasp!)
To make a few quilts more accessible to use on a regular rotation for the bed or couch, I decided to place a dozen quilts on top of my fabric and pattern shelves.
Because this places the quilts at a height directly under my recessed lights, I folded one quilt for each shelf with the backing side showing and draped it horizontally across the tops of the stacks to protect them from the light.
Refolding on the diagonal is a work in progress, but I’m determined to refold each quilt in the studio! I hope this blog encourages you to do the same!
With proper storage, your quilts will last for years to come, providing warmth, comfort, and beauty to your home. Overall, regular refolding can help extend the life of your quilt and keep it looking its best.
This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler
How do you fold and store your quilts?