Jane Hicks Art Quilts

Staunton, VA

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Information
Specializing in handmade, machine-stitched art quilts. These quilts make excellent fabric art wall hangings, using the hanging sleeve on the back. Each quilt is a unique, colorful design by the artist, Jane Hicks, an experienced quilter.

I use all-cotton fabric (the batting is either 100% cotton or 80% cotton, 20% polyester). The binding is French double fold style. These works of art are new. I design and make these in my home, a smoke- and pet-free environment.

Hanging
If you plan to hang my quilt on a wall, a hanging bar can easily be made by using a 1/4" x 2" x 4' poplar slat from Lowes or a hardware store. Cut the slat to the length of the sleeve on the back. Screw small eye hooks into each end of the slat and hang on nails or picture hooks. Using this method, you will not see any of the hardware and the quilt will lay flat against the wall.

Care
Quilts should not be dry cleaned; the chemicals will harm the colors. I do not pre-wash the batting, so it will shrink somewhat when the quilt is washed, giving it an "antique quilt" look. The quilt will get softer the more it is washed. Batik colors do not 'run'. Wash gently in cold water. Either line-dry or tumble-dry to soften it up.

If needed you can steam iron any creases out and let it hang to get it smooth again. If you feel the quilt might be getting 'dusty', put it in the dryer on air or low heat for 10 minutes. This will remove any wrinkles. If you wash the quilt, it will acquire an antique look, slightly puckered, but it will not shrink much.

Storage and transportation
Rolling the quilt front-side out on a tube is best for storage or transportation. Tie loosely with a ribbon (not a rubber band) and cover with a cotton king pillowcase or cotton sheet. If you need to fold the quilt, do it on the bias and store in the slipcase. Either method will prevent a crease from forming which is hard to get out.

Page updated: 1/4/2009 -  ©2008 Jane Hicks Quilts