Sierra Quilt Guild 
              of Tuolumne County

Our Mission



The Sierra Quilt Guild of Tuolumne County is dedicated to providing an atmosphere of fellowship for anyone interested in the art and craft of quilt making and related arts by: sharing of skills and knowledge in the field of quilt making, providing instruction to further the education, knowledge and skills in quilt making through lectures, workshops, and seminars. We also provide ongoing information on quilting events and contribute to community education by encouraging the appreciation of the art of quilting.


For information about the Sierra Quilt Guild, please see Contact Us above.


Caring for Quilts, New and Old


Storage:  Quilts need to breathe.  They will mildew if stored in plastic.  Use a pillowcase or sheet.  Quilts that are stored should be aired every few months.  Quilts that are folded should be refolded three or four times a year to avoid permanent creases.  Keep quilts from direct contact with wood, use acid free tissue paper.


Cleaning:  Most new quilts can be washed in cool water using a gentle soap such as Orvus or Ensure.  The bathtub is the best place to wash a quilt.  Do not wring but gently squeeze out the water, then spin on gentle cycle for a short time.  Lay the quilt flat on a sheet to dry.  Wall hangings can be vacuumed with an old nylon stocking over the attachment.  An older quilt may be washed by folding it into a sheet and laying it in the bathtub.  Let it soak and then gently press the water out.  Rinse twice.  Lift it out by the sheet.  Many older quilts, however, should not be washed at all as delicate seams may pull apart.  When handling antique quilts, always consult an expert first.


Displaying:  Quilts should be displayed so their beauty can be enjoyed.  They can be folded and laid across the end of a bed, over the back of a rocking chair, or on the arm of a sofa.  A quilt rack filled with beautiful quilts adds a warm touch to any décor.  Quilts can also make a dramatic statement when hung on the wall.  When hanging a quilt, a good idea is to sew a fabric sleeve across the top on the back so that the quilt can be hung from a dowel or rod.  This evenly distributes the weight, putting less stress on the stitching.


Lighting:  Most fabric dyes will fade with time.  Direct light and fluorescent light speed up the process and even indirect light will cause fading over a long period of time.  Wall quilts should be given a rest.  Rotate them every several months.