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Thread: Question about relaxing batting before use

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    Senior Member Kristin in ME's Avatar
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    Do you all leave your batting laid out flat for a day or so before use to relax the creases? Or do you use it straight out of the package? And is there a noticable difference either way? Thanks!

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    I do let it relax if I use packaged batting. The batting doesn't get absulutely flat, but the folds do get less pronounced. Our climate here is pretty dry, so if I'm in a hurry, I throw the batt into the dryer on the fluff setting for a few minutes.

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    I wish that I would think to lay mine out, because I would guess that it would lay better, when I am sandwiching it. I just use it straight from the bag, and pin like crazy. It helps if I have someone to help stretch it, also.

    I will keep an eye on this question, and maybe I will change my bad habit.

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    Senior Member Kristin in ME's Avatar
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    I hadn't thought to take it out ahead of time and now I'm sitting here, all ready to layer it! I am so impatient... but I don't want to mess up this quilt that I've worked so hard on!

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    I was taught to hang up your batting before you quilt by at least a day, but I don't always remember to do it. I think I will get one out when I go home tonight, now that you mention it!

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    I let it relax

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    If I think about it soon enough I like to lay the batting out flat on our guest room bed. I don't always think that far in advance, so do give it a toss in the dryer on low or air setting for a couple of minutes and that usually relaxes it enough. Cotton may need a spritz of water before going in the dryer to make it behave.

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    I hang mine outside overnight in the cold night air. Also works well for wool suits etc.

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    Great info

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    I lay the batting out over my large dining room table the day before I use.

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