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Thread: Question about Signature quilt

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    Super Member CoriAmD's Avatar
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    I am planning to make a signature quilt for my high school 50 yr class reunion. My question is this - my quilt will be finished and everyone will sign it at the reunion. Then it will be auctioned off. I understand it is recommened that the signatures be
    "heat set". How does one do that after the quilt is done? I know to use the pigma pens and will make sure there are several there at the reunion.
    I have some time to make this, but won't have the opportunity to have the blocks signed before they are put into the quilt, so do appreciate your ideas on this.

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    oh i just place the iron over the signatures and let the heat "set" the ink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    oh i just place the iron over the signatures and let the heat "set" the ink.
    So I guess I should take my iron to the reunion.... LOL

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    Glad you asked this question. I knew of the heat setting and how, but was not sure of the pens to use! I have only used permanent fine point markers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    oh i just place the iron over the signatures and let the heat "set" the ink.
    So I guess I should take my iron to the reunion.... LOL
    If the winner is local, perhaps you could arrange that they pick it up at a later time...

    If from away, you could provide them with written directions & make it a DIY.

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    I agree, DIY instructions to press the siggys.

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    Thanks all
    I will do the DIY instructions. Question - do you place a pressing cloth over the signature or put the iron directly on the ink. Also, what temp on the iron and would you use steam? What are the washing/drying instructions of this quilt after all the signatures are set?
    I am in Mich and the reunion will be held in PA. so I would rather not mess with bringing it home and then sending it to whomever ends up with it.

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    Try to encourage the ladies who sign, to include their maiden name, along with their current name.

    Dry iron ... and not steam!

    Add the laundering instructions to a label on the back of the quilt.

    And of course, a label explaining the significance of the quilt and who made it, your location and any other relevant details.

    Also, leave a spot on the label for the purchaser's name, so you can personalize on-site right after the auction.

    While it may be a hassle, I'd take my iron and know that the heat setting has been done properly.

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    Seems to me you could use a hair dryer to heat set the ink on a finished quilt more easily than an iron??? Or tell the recipient to toss it in the dryer for a few minutes before ever washing it? (No fun to tote an iron to a party!)

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    I suggest instructing the winner to take it to a laundromat and drying it in a commercial dryer as soon as they get home. The commercial dryers get much hotter than home dryers.

    We did this when our Girl Scout troop tie-dyed t-shirts.

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