Quilt Care Instructions

I’ve gotten into the habit of adding care instructions with all of the quilts I make for others. It is a simple list of rules that should be followed to care for a quilt but I can honestly admit I break most of them. For instance, I always put my quilts in the dryer because I like the shriveled look and I usually add fabric softener to make them soft. I know I’ve pulled a thread or two when I’m too lazy to get up and hunt for scissors but the one thing I always do is wash my quilts in cold water. The instructions I include are below:

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I print these instructions on decorative printer paper that fits the holiday or season the quilt is given. I started doing this after attending an open sewing group at my LQS and hearing the ladies speaking of things that had ruined their quilts in the past. They all agreed that fabric softener was the biggest no-no so I try not to use it every time I wash a quilt. One lady even admitted to never washing her quilts, just hanging them on a line outside to freshen them. That wouldn’t work for me because I have a Labrador Retriever and two cats that sleep on my bed. I’m curious to know if you have any special care instructions for your quilts?

Quick Embroidery Gift Ideas

With Christmas right around the corner I thought it would be a good time for a blog post on my favorite quick and inexpensive embroidery gift ideas! I’m going to make this a series so I can make each project again and take pics during construction process. They will be posted in no specific order, just some of my favorite designs with links to where I purchased them if applicable.

 

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In the hoop Christmas ornaments are fun and easy to make. Last year I gave these to my Sunday School class tied to jars filled with candy. I bought the design from appliquemarket.com and the file includes 3, 4, and 5 inch options. The step by step pdf instructions are very easy to follow with the added bonus of colored pictures. I used a font built into my machine to add the monogram (font not included with design) and I love them because they can easily go from candy jar to tree ornament or be used as a gift tag. The ornament is made completely in the hoop with one hooping. The design comes with the following formats: DST, PES, EXP, HUS, JEF, VIP, XXX, and ART. These stitched out very quickly, I made about 2 dozen in one evening!

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I enjoyed making these so much that I plan on giving candy jars with ornaments to all of my neighbors for Christmas this year!

 

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Design created by and may be purchased from appliquemarket.com