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    I am in the process of ironing and startching some new fabric that I just pre-washed that had been stacked on a shelf. While I was ironing the fq's I had pre-washed I realized I was taking as much pleasure in what I was doing looking at the wrinkles release as I do when I lay the fabric out to cut for a quilt top. I mean this stuff is just going into the stash for right now.
    Does anyone else ever enjoy this usally boring task?

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    Yes, don't we all love to fondle our fabrics?

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    YES!!! I hear you loud and clear!! :D:D
    I love ANYTHING to do with fabric !!

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    Yes I love doing it,

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    I too am a little touched in the head! I love to starch and iron my fabrics. I like the crispness of them as I fold them and they just look soo pretty when on the shelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I too am a little touched in the head! I love to starch and iron my fabrics. I like the crispness of them as I fold them and they just look soo pretty when on the shelf.
    We must be twins. That is just how I feel.

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    Yes, cound me in this odd club too! I find it very relaxing, and I can really focus on the print/details of the fabric, and yes, I love to fondle it!! I do, however, HATE having to fold really long pieces-say 7 or 8 yards bought for backing! I get DH (when he's in a good mood!) to help me and bite my tongue when he tells me I fold it wrong!! LOL

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    I was sorting my fabrics today, and had to fight the urge to just throw it in the floor and have a good WALLER...lol :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by valsma
    I am in the process of ironing and startching some new fabric that I just pre-washed that had been stacked on a shelf. While I was ironing the fq's I had pre-washed I realized I was taking as much pleasure in what I was doing looking at the wrinkles release as I do when I lay the fabric out to cut for a quilt top. I mean this stuff is just going into the stash for right now.
    Does anyone else ever enjoy this usally boring task?
    oh boy do I....I find it one of the best steps in the whole process...it bonds you to the fabric in a way the NON washers/pressers can understand...There is nothing like the smell and feel of freshly ironed/starched fabric...it really gets my creative juices working over time!

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    I'm a fondler, too!!!

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    Definitely, but only with quilting fabric - not with shirts!! or other articles of clothing!! ;-)

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    Not to put a wrinkle in things [okay that was on purpose], but do you really want to do things twice? [All fabric fondling aside] I iron if I am getting ready to use the material, but ironing and putting it away where it will get creased and have to be ironed again doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Maybe I had to iron more in my younger years than some of you, but ironing several yards of fabric once is really enough for me!

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    I really like to iron the fabrics in preperation of quilting. When I make scappy quilts a mix up a bowl of starch solution and immerse all the scraps ( most are pretty small) ... then let them dry on a rack and press them all ... some people think I am nuts .. but I really like it. ... take that pile of chois and turn it into a nice tidy stack ! I always feel great afterwards.

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    I, too, enjoy the washing and ironing process. I do this when I'm ready to use the fabric. I also like to iron pillow cases. Can't say I enjoyed ironing years ago when everything needed to be ironed and kids to take care of, etc.

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    Yes, I enjoy ironing the fabrics. In fact, I enjoy ironing, period! I know, I'm crazy, but what can I say? I find ironing to be a mindless task that calms me down.

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    me too, I like to iron. It's one of the few things I am good at. Of course DH wears all T-shirts, so aside from quilt fabrics, I only have a couple of blouses that need ironing.

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    I think the enjoyment comes form doing anything with the fabric be it washing, ironing, cutting, piecing and quilting...it's all about the fabric!!! Sometimes i like to just LOOK at the stash :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I enjoy ironing fabric, but not clothing. There's such a feeling of satisfaction in making something neat and tidy out of something wrinkly and messy. I love ironing seams into crispness, too.

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    So glad to see I am in such great company when it comes to ironing the stash. I don't mind doing a quick second iron when I am getting ready to use the fabric.
    I like feel like I get a chance to see what this fabric or another might look like. I enjoy folding the nice crisp fabric and wrapping it around a rulers so all my stash is similar is size, then slipping it off the ruler for stacking on the shelf. I also feel like I accomplished something when I see it folded neatly on the shelf just waiting for it's turn.
    I guess only another quilter understands.

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    Yes i love to iron, i love everything about quilting.
    cutting is very soothing.

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    I wash all fabric as soon as I bring it home. Most of the time I damp dry, then iron. I do enjoy the process, though sometimes I scold myself for buying something just because it was on sale. I find it takes minimal ironing before using the fabric later. If I simply smooth and fold the fabric after washing, it retains a lot of wrinkles which are Very stubborn to steam out months or years later.

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    I love ironing, especially as I make blocks, it allows me to admire the beauty of the fabric and how well they go together, love it.

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    I, too, enjoy the ironing. Not sure why but I do!

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    I consider ironing, folding and arranging my stash my meditation time. I love smelling the steam from the fresh pressed fabric. Ironing clothes is different because you have to think.

    Getting the stash together is just relaxing. You are not alone!

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    You are also touching fabric and seeing the patterns and colors of each individual piece. It is a great time to appreciate the beauty of the fabric and yes the smoothness of the fabric shows off that beauty better.

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