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Popular Patchwork|December 2017

Each month Stuart Hillard answers your quilty questions!

Whilst at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham this year I was asked the same question by a great many visitors... “What do you do with all your quilts and how do you store them?” Here are my top tips for caring for and enjoying your quilts.

1 Use them! Chances are you made that quilt to be loved, used, and enjoyed, and for the majority of quilts that is their purpose and destiny. Most of my quilts find their way onto beds, armchairs, sofas or even in the garden... they are laid on, under, wrapped around, and worn. Inevitably my quilts get grubby and worn. I’m OK with that, it’s the life I intended for them.

2 When my quilts aren’t being used, the safest place for them is on an unused bed – opened out and layered up with a final covering of a clean white sheet or utility quilt. Keeping a quilt flat and free from dust and the effects of sunlight is key to longevity.

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