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Thread: To press or not to press

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    Member Qarena's Avatar
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    Does anyone iron your quilts when you are finished making them? I always heard that you shouldn't do it, but sometimes they are so wrinkled. Does pressing them ruin the look? What do you think?

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    The day I complete a quilt, I'll let you know.
    :lol: from a newbie.

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    I thought everyone washed them after quilting. That's what I do, since a lot of folks have allergies and I have two cats. Then I stick them in plastic bags before my quilt inspectors can call a new inspection.

    And, to be truthful, to see if the darn thing comes apart or will stand up to years of washing and drying.

    You do a lot, a heck of a lot of ironing the fabric before, during and after sewing it. But after finishing it, it's off to the washer it goes.
    I suppose if it's going to a show, then maybe not washed. Ironing would go good here, I think.

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    You mean after they are quilted? Or before? Before, yes and use lots of starch! After, I've never ironed one.

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    I only press while piecing. Once the top is together, it usually doesn't need another pressing (if I did it well while I was putting it together). I don't see the point in pressing after the quilt is finished. I wash it and dry it in the dryer until almost dry, then lay out on the floor to finish drying.

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    I have never ironed one after quilting.

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    I don't iron mine after quilting.:):):)

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    No pressing. They are supposed to look wrinkled. If you don't like the wrinkled look; pre-wash your fabrics & pre-shrink cotton batting in the dryer.

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    I thought you were not suppose to put them in a plastic bag????

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    I have never have ironed a quilt, and I never will. I press the seams with light starch as I go, and maybe touch up some spots before I make the sandwich. Other than that I'm done with the "hottie".

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