One of the questions often asked when a customer picks up his T-Shirt Quilt is, “Can I wash it?” This is an important question because many of the T-Shirt Quilts are for young people heading to college where they will get a lot of use and possibly the dreaded spill or two. Not to worry. It can be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle and dried in a dryer on low heat, or if you have space available, lay it flat to dry. (Now if you spill some red wine on it or get lipstick on it, I would suggest dabbing the excess with a cloth while quickly looking up stain removal methods on the internet and using one of the suggestions to get the stain out before even considering putting it in a washing machine.)
If you didn’t get your T-Shirt Quilt from me or from another maker who quilted all the layers together with an allover quilting design, you might not be as pleased with your results if you wash your quilt as the T-Shirts will sometimes “draw up” and pull away from the batting and backing.
I have a lot of quilts displayed in my home and sometimes they just get dusty. If that’s the case with your T-Shirt Quilt, you can just do what I do with my quilts and throw it in the dryer on the air fluff (no heat) setting for about 30 minutes.
If you store your T-Shirt Quilt for any length of time, it’s best to store it wrapped in a sheet or inside a pillowcase rather than a plastic bag. That is another suggestion that is good for all types of quilts.
I got this review from Molly, customer whose quilt I made several years ago. “My t-shirt quilt is amazing! Couldn’t have asked for a better quilt! I have had it for a few years now and it is still in perfect condition and I use it all the time!”
So with the proper care, your T-Shirt Quilt really can be a lifetime keepsake.