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Thread: Drying Quilts

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    How I've always dried my quilts after washing is to *FIRST* dry them flat until they feel dry to the touch and are about the same weight they were before they were washed.

    *THEN* I put the dry quilt into the dryer for about 20 minutes, to fluff it and to make sure the last traces of moisture are gone.

    My reasoning is that the seams and fabric in a quilt are most vulnerable when the quilt is wet and has all the weight of the water in it. By waiting until the water is almost completely gone, the quilt is least likely to be damaged by the dryer. I do want to be sure the last of the moisture is gone from the quilt, particularly if I plan to store it after cleaning.

    Since I've started reading QB, I've noticed a lot of people who do the reverse--they put the wet quilt in the dryer first, then take it out and let it finish drying flat. Is there some advantage to this method that I'm just not seeing?

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    I don't have a place big enough to lay out a quilt to dry so they all go into the dryer.

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    I wash on delicate, dry on low. Always. Never had a problem doing them this way.

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    Good advice if you have the space-which I did when living in Vanuatu, but not here. (I also didn't have a dryer there-cost too much to run so we hung everything on the line). My son's queen quilt which I hand-quilted and made many years ago (and from Joann's Keepsake calico - not their best) has been washed and washed and washed so many times and for the past 4 years since he has lived in the States, has been tossed in the dryer right from the washer and it always comes out looking fresh and lovely! I might add, I also haven't noticed any fabric fading, and it is made with a variety of blues on white tonal background (I posted a photo last year -the Railroad Ties)

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    In good weather I drape an old sheet over my deck railing and put the quilt on it. If it's too cold or raining I drape the wet quilt over my couch. Tossing them into the dryer afterwards is a good idea, fulls them and does get rid of lint and stray threads.

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    Taking it out of the dryer damp and finishing it flat on the floor is necessary only if you want to block the quilt. Blocking means you spread it out and maneuver it so it is exactly square again, and flat, pinning in place if necessary. IMO blocking can be important for wall quilts so they hang flag and square; not so important for bed quilts.

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    I dry all the ones I make in the dryer unless it is summer time and I can put them on the clothesline. If I have to wash an antique one I might purchase I dry it flat on a sheet either in my attic in the winter or outside on the lawn. I keep an eye on them if they are outside though.

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    tofu and vegs with pineapple

    After washing, I put a sheet on the grass nd then the quilt backing side up. It dries quickly and has that wonderful outdoors smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandyk
    After washing, I put a sheet on the grass nd then the quilt backing side up. It dries quickly and has that wonderful outdoors smell.
    This would be great, but between the squirrels and the birds I wouldn't dare.

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    I dry until just damp and then lay them out to finish drying.

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    I gently place them in the dryer and cut that puppy on and let run on Permanent press until it is dry.........

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    I have always put my quilts in the dryer after washing them and have never had any problems!

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    i make quilts for people to use- and i wash and dry them exactly the way i believe they will when it is theres- i throw it into the washer- and wash it- i throw it into the dryer and dry it=if it does not come out ok i am glad i did this before i gave it to someone who would be devistated by their treatment of the quilt-even my wool and silk quilts are washed and dried. i do not have the space to lay them out for days- and kind of think it would not only take a long time but would absorb odors and other unpleasantness from sitting around wet for hours and hours
    i did take one out and put it across the hammock one day to dry on a nice day when i didn't want to deal with the time involvement of using the dryer- it didn't take too long and came out nice-like sheets on the clothes line- it was actually a store bought huge quilt-not one of mine-but it has been washed and dried in the dryer many times too over the years. i would only not put one in the washer/dryer if it was never ever going to be washed/dried by anyone- like a wall hanging- or something i never expected to be used by anyone

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    I should clarify.

    When I say dry flat, I meant dried outside the dryer with support.

    I have two folding wooden drying racks. I set the racks up side by side, fold the quilt in half, then thread it through the supports just under the top supports, then bring the ends up over the racks. The quilt makes the shape of a letter "C" lying on its back. The quilt is supported every six inches or so.

    Then I turn on the ceiling fan and set a fan under the quilt to keep the air moving pretty briskly around the quilt. After a few hours, if I remember, I go and flip the quilt around so that the opposite sides are up and down.

    It has never taken more than overnight to get a quilt dry to the touch for me.

    I've never noticed any odours, but then since this is in my house with my (40+ year old) quilts, I probably wouldn't notice.

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    I have always washed mine on regular and cold water (although in Baton Rouge in the summer the water never gets cold) and then put in the dryer til dry. None have been "mollycoddled" because I know the recipients won't do that either. I haven't had a problem yet.

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    I always hang mine on the clothesline outside in the sunshine. I don't use the dryer much.

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    I always air dry my quilts. Outside when the sun is shining or on the clothes line in the basement. If I'm giving the quilt as a gift I suggest line drying on the label.

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