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Thread: Storing quilt tops

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    Storing quilt tops

    Hey All!

    i need some advice: I do not have a sewing room (it's the dining room table after kiddos go to bed) I am not able to have a place to lay my quilt tops as I finish piecing them. Sometimes they are stored for a few days or a week depending on when I can work on them and finally get to quilting them. The problem is I have been folding them as carefully as I can and placing them on a shelf but each time, they are wrinkled! I choose not to wash my fabric but don't know how to store them if I am low on space and time without getting wrinkles.

    Is this the only way to do it and just keep pressing it every so often? I feel that because I have to do that, the fabric starts to stretch ever so slightly...

    Any suggestions of different temporary storage would be great. Thanks!

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    Well....I "store" my quilt tops by hanging them on a free wall with painter's tape, because - like you - I don't have an actual sewing room and generally not much space. No wrinkles that way (and no additional pressing either! )!

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    I hang my quilts on a skirt hanger. I gently fold in half and use the clips to hang the quilt from!

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    I hang mine on one of those thick clothes hanger, like you would hang jeans or pants on. I just fold in half, then fold again, however many folds it takes to make it fit inside the hanger. There is minimal wrinkling. And sometimes mine hang for several months. I tend to piece a lot, then go to the long arm for several weeks. I get wrinkling no matter how nice I try to fold them if I don't hang them. I haven't tried the starching bit to keep them from wrinkling.
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    Sometimes you can come across one of the tubes from the inside of batting or the decorator fabrics. Then just roll up your quilt on that and store. Good luck

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    I use bedspread hangers. Some people use the pool noodles covered with muslin.

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    You could also ask your local quilt/fabric store for some of the empty bolt boards (the cardboards that the fabric is rolled onto) and roll them onto those.
    If fabric is folded I don't see any way you'll avoid *some* wrinkles.
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    Joann Fabrics lets me have the large, long cardboard tubes that upholstery fabric is sold on. Just roll the tops on the tube.
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    Leah Day uses pool noodles that have been covered in fabric to store her completed quilts...should work for a quilt top just as well! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmmCmYciURQ is a youtube video of her storage system!

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    If you are only storing them a short while, you should be able to give them a good press before you baste. Wow, I should have that problem of storing mine for a week or month! I think I have about 4 tote boxes of quilt tops waiting to be quilted - I always press them and they are fine for basting.

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