Some think I can correctly identify every one of the thousands of quilt block patterns in the American quilt lexicon. Others think I never ever make quilt design or sewing mistakes.
- Wash your quilt in a front-loading machine—the type generally available at a laundromat. (A household washing machine usually has an agitator post which can be rough on a quilt.)
- Use a mild detergent like Dreft. Even better, use "quilt soap," available at quilt specialty shops, or Orvus WA Paste, which is a gentle soap sold at farm supply stores for washing livestock.
- Take your quilt, your detergent, your coins, and a large, thick towel to the laundromat.
- Choose a washer. Select warm water and, if possible, a gentle cycle. Load your quilt and your detergent. Insert coins and start the machine.
- Fold the towel into a narrow rectangle. Place it on the floor in front of the washing machine.
- Kneel on the towel, then fold your hands and pray throughout the wash and spin cycles that none of the fabrics bleed.
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