International Quilt Study Center


Date of this Version

February 2004


Recently, Janet Evenson, PhD, and Patricia Cox Crews, PhD, Director of the IQSC, completed a study of adhesives commonly used by quiltmakers. The special report on the results of their study is provided by the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


A quiltmaker’s choice of materials, including fabric, batting, thread and other materials influences the lifespan of a quilt. It is disappointing, and sometimes devastating, when components prematurely yellow, stiffen or weaken with age. Although conservators and conservation scientists have evaluated archival-quality adhesive products and determined which ones are acceptable for use in conservation treatments, there were no published results concerning the long-term performance of adhesive-containing products available to quiltmakers and home sewers. Consequently, they could not make informed choices. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine whether or not selected adhesive-containing products for quilters, specifically quilt basting sprays, fusible webs, and fusible battings, contribute to discoloration or promote degradation of fabrics over time.