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    you sandwich them? I have on some and not on others. Just wondering what everyone else does.

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    Yes, I do iron the quilt tops. I don't iron the blocks before I put them together, though.

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    Nope not me. I just don't have time or space for all that pressing.

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    I do. I like to improve the odds of having the seams lay as "attractively" as possible.

    It's also a chance to see if there are any last minute glitches that might need to be touched up or changed.

    (Doesn't guarantee that I'll catch them all, but there is something about pressing that sometimes shows up wonkiness)

    I usually press the top while it is still in sections - it is a bit easier to handle it that way.

    I also press the backing if there are any seams in it.

    I also wash all my fabrics before cutting them.

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    Like you, sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.
    I tend to if it's lap size or smaller.
    Larger are just too much trouble unless absolutely necessary.

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    Like "Bear-is-Gray" (she must be part native American!) i press mine...I'm a believer that pressing helps make the final product more square and helps keep everything lined up and also gives me the chance to check for stray threads, missed "oops" spots, etc.I think it also makes the sandwiching easier since I don't have to work so hard to get the top flat on the batting.

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    I press mine. For me, it means less chance of wrinkles when I sandwich them. I like to starch the top also.

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    Yes, I do. I want the quilt to lay as flat as possible before quilting. I also square it now and again after quilting.

    Suzanne

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    I press every step of the way. Each seam, each block when done, each time I put blocks together to a row, etc. It just gives it a crisp look. The last two tops I took to the quilter, she loved it.

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    I press at each step also. I helps to keep things square, and I think it looks better in the end too!

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    I press each step and starch before cutting fabric and starch the top after it is together and also starch the backing. Makes the quilt go together nicely and reduces the chance of wrinkles during quilting.

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    Yes I do iron them. I'm an over achiver when it comes to ironing. I iron when doing the blocks, then iron it all when it's together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuesy
    Yes I do iron them. I'm an over achiver when it comes to ironing. I iron when doing the blocks, then iron it all when it's together.
    me too

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    Quote Originally Posted by chattykathy17
    I press every step of the way. Each seam, each block when done, each time I put blocks together to a row, etc. It just gives it a crisp look. The last two tops I took to the quilter, she loved it.
    Yes, I do this also....makes it so much easier to check for those stray threads and flatten the seams correctly which makes it so much easier to quilt your sandwich correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    Like you, sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.
    I tend to if it's lap size or smaller.
    Larger are just too much trouble unless absolutely necessary.
    I should have added that all my large quilt tops are sent to a fabulous LAQ. Shes never asked that I iron before sending, stretching on her machine probably solves that.

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    I press to make sure the seams are all laying the correct way and flat. It makes life much easier when machine quilting and you get a nicer, finished product.

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    I starch and iron as I go and then iron the sections. It helps me to baste and I don't have puckers on the back.

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    I iron the blocks before sewing them together, but not anymore after that...unless I'm working with a high loft bat, then I iron it down to make it easier to quilt after sandwiching it. Loosely baste it before ironing, then pin it after ironing it.

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    I press my blocks as I go. Press seams as I attach blocks together. and press again as I attach rolls together so by the time the top is completely stitched together it is iron. So Yes, I do press before I quilt it. I find that it makes SID sooooooo much easier.

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    Yes, I want it to look great even befort the sandwiching. Also think it makes it easier to baste.

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    I press my blocks, rows and the whole quilt top when done. I don't like ironing, but I like how it looks after I've done it so I'll keep on ironing my quilt tops. I'm like bearisgray and I also wash my fabrics before using them.

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    I press every time I piece (mostly). It helps me keep my points straight. I am a beginner, so I want to start with good habits maybe not perfect points LOL

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    always, the more I iron/press, the better the final product, also each step goes easier, good way to catch errors!

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    I starch, press and square up each block before assembling my quilt top. I know it takes a little longer but my finished quilt top is flatter and much more likely to be straight and square. I also give the completed top another press to send each row in the right direction before I pin and sandwich the top. I think I get a much better product for machine quilting this way.

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    I would never quilt a top that hasn't been pressed!

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