Do quilts soften over time?
A lot of use – and washings – will soften up almost any quilt. Also, some of the quilts were made from used garments which had been washed and the fabrics were soft to start with.
Why are my quilts so stiff?
The reason is you can’t block a cotton batting into a square shape. The fibers just don’t have that kind of memory. On the other hand, a wool batt can be dampened and pulled into a square shape (held with pins). Once it dries, it will hold this shape.
Should you use fabric softener on quilts?
Never use fabric softener!
Repeated drying definitely alters the quality of the quilt. You will lose some of the color and the hand of the fabric will get a bit rougher.
How do you break in a new quilt?
To freshen your quilts between washings, air them outside away from direct sunlight. Hand-washing is the preferred method for cleaning quilts. Even with a new quilt, machine-washing can cause the stitching to ravel. If you decide to machine-wash, use cold water, a gentle detergent, and the shortest delicate cycle.