Vintage quits and quilt tops are delicate and each piece is unique. All vintage fabrics have been carefully washed and dried and often mended in some places prior to sewing.
When you do wash your garment at home, use a delicate hand wash cold, do not wring or stress the wet garment, and lay flat or line dry.
These vintage pieces may have small stains, fading or discoloration, or other damage due to their age. Any major flaws will be noted to the best of our ability and come as part of the charm of a one-of-a-kind piece of fabric that has already lived a long life.
Quilt tops will need to be ironed on hot/cotton settings, using steam to maintain their crisp appearance after washing.
The small stitches and many exposed seams found on unquilted quilt tops are particularly delicate, and frequent washing could weaken them.
Many vintage quilt tops are hand-stitched, and should be treated with care. If some seam separation takes place, please mend it before wearing to preserve the life of your garment.
Be careful to use mild detergents. The quilts themselves have already been washed, but the binding has not been washed prior to sewing. Harsh detergents and bleaches may cause color bleed or other damage.
Use disposable underarm protectors in your blouse or dress to prolong the time between washings.