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Thread: To iron or not to iron...that is my question of the day??????????

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    I have recently been working on our charity quilt, and noticed after I stitched in the ditch all the sashings that there was a little bit of puckering, caused I believe due to me having to tighten up my thread tension a little more that usual, as I was using a different colour in the bobbin and didn't want it to show....anyway, I decided to chance ironing it to smooth this out....

    I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it came out....I was under the impression that you shouldn't iron after quilting as you can flatten the wadding etc., which got me wondering ...WHAT DOES EVERYONE HERE ON THE BOARD DO???????? :D

    I have since ironed the top of the Moda Disappearing 9 patch, and have to say although a little flatter it looks so much better to me anyway lol!!

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    I "lightly" run the iron over a quilt after quilting just to freshen it up and give it a crisp, finished look. By lightly, I mean I put hardly any pressure on the quilt surface that would flatten the batting or the stitching. If a certain area needs a bit more than that, I use the point of the iron, not the eintire bottom of it.

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    Thanks Babeegirl, thats how I did it, I do have one of those little mini Clover irons, but the point of the iron works just a good

    What a relief, I thought I might have the quilting police after me :lol:

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    When I makw a big quilt to cover the bed or myself, I don't iron it. It will probably be washed and change shapes soon anyway, plus I will never see if the sides are straight or the corners square. When I make a wallhanging that I will see and notice a slight curve on the sides or a less than perfect corner, I iron it flat before I trim to put the binding. After the binding is on I don't press any more. After a couple of shakes the binding fluffs again.

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    On my first (and only so far) quilt, a baby one, it was a bit creased and wrinked from being folded. I sprayed it with water and popped it in the tumble dryer for ten minutes and it came out crease free. It also puffed up the wadding and looked much better

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    [quote=PrettyKitty]On my first (and only so far) quilt, a baby one, it was a bit creased and wrinked from being folded. I sprayed it with water and popped it in the tumble dryer for ten minutes and it came out crease free. It also puffed up the wadding and looked much better[/quote

    Oh that sounds like a better idea Mary, thanks :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyKitty
    On my first (and only so far) quilt, a baby one, it was a bit creased and wrinked from being folded. I sprayed it with water and popped it in the tumble dryer for ten minutes and it came out crease free. It also puffed up the wadding and looked much better
    I like that idea! thanks pretty kitty!

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    Hey! Look at me, the rookie, giving good ideas!!!! Get me! :-o :lol: :-o :D :-)

    I also thought that next time I will use fabric 'freshener' instead of water - do you guys have Febreze in the US? Its like air freshener but you can spray it on fabrics to make it smell nice and/or get rid of odours. Then your quilt will smell nice too!

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    Be careful with the Febreze.

    Maybe do a test spray on something small?

    Some people are highly sensitive to it.

    I've heard RUMOURS (don't know if this is really true or not) that it is harmful to pets.

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    I haven't had that problem yet, but I would just wash it and then it all would be wrinkled anyway. :lol:

    Thanks for the tip tho! :D

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