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Thread: To iron or not to iron...that is my question of the day??????????

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    I have recently been working on our charity quilt, and noticed after I stitched in the ditch all the sashings that there was a little bit of puckering, caused I believe due to me having to tighten up my thread tension a little more that usual, as I was using a different colour in the bobbin and didn't want it to show....anyway, I decided to chance ironing it to smooth this out....

    I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it came out....I was under the impression that you shouldn't iron after quilting as you can flatten the wadding etc., which got me wondering ...WHAT DOES EVERYONE HERE ON THE BOARD DO???????? :D

    I have since ironed the top of the Moda Disappearing 9 patch, and have to say although a little flatter it looks so much better to me anyway lol!!

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    I "lightly" run the iron over a quilt after quilting just to freshen it up and give it a crisp, finished look. By lightly, I mean I put hardly any pressure on the quilt surface that would flatten the batting or the stitching. If a certain area needs a bit more than that, I use the point of the iron, not the eintire bottom of it.

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    Thanks Babeegirl, thats how I did it, I do have one of those little mini Clover irons, but the point of the iron works just a good

    What a relief, I thought I might have the quilting police after me :lol:

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    When I makw a big quilt to cover the bed or myself, I don't iron it. It will probably be washed and change shapes soon anyway, plus I will never see if the sides are straight or the corners square. When I make a wallhanging that I will see and notice a slight curve on the sides or a less than perfect corner, I iron it flat before I trim to put the binding. After the binding is on I don't press any more. After a couple of shakes the binding fluffs again.

    My two cents worth,

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    On my first (and only so far) quilt, a baby one, it was a bit creased and wrinked from being folded. I sprayed it with water and popped it in the tumble dryer for ten minutes and it came out crease free. It also puffed up the wadding and looked much better

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    [quote=PrettyKitty]On my first (and only so far) quilt, a baby one, it was a bit creased and wrinked from being folded. I sprayed it with water and popped it in the tumble dryer for ten minutes and it came out crease free. It also puffed up the wadding and looked much better[/quote

    Oh that sounds like a better idea Mary, thanks :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyKitty
    On my first (and only so far) quilt, a baby one, it was a bit creased and wrinked from being folded. I sprayed it with water and popped it in the tumble dryer for ten minutes and it came out crease free. It also puffed up the wadding and looked much better
    I like that idea! thanks pretty kitty!

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    Hey! Look at me, the rookie, giving good ideas!!!! Get me! :-o :lol: :-o :D :-)

    I also thought that next time I will use fabric 'freshener' instead of water - do you guys have Febreze in the US? Its like air freshener but you can spray it on fabrics to make it smell nice and/or get rid of odours. Then your quilt will smell nice too!

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    Be careful with the Febreze.

    Maybe do a test spray on something small?

    Some people are highly sensitive to it.

    I've heard RUMOURS (don't know if this is really true or not) that it is harmful to pets.

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    I haven't had that problem yet, but I would just wash it and then it all would be wrinkled anyway. :lol:

    Thanks for the tip tho! :D

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    i press the heck out of mine during the quilting. it helps me find the spots that don't lay flat naturally so i can take the sledge hammer to 'em in hopes of making them cooperate.

    i sometimes press/iron them after they've been washed, too. i know they don't stay that way, but i like how crisp and fanch-shmancy they look right after pressing.

    this from a woman who rarely makes the bed because i'll just use it again real soon. go figure. :roll: :lol:

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    Patrice....you split my sides with your humour gal!! :lol:

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    I never thought of ironing a quilt once it was quilted. hu... I guess I've always liked that puckered look. It's certainly something I will keep in mind if I ever need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Be careful with the Febreze.

    Maybe do a test spray on something small?

    Some people are highly sensitive to it.

    I've heard RUMOURS (don't know if this is really true or not) that it is harmful to pets.
    I use mine around my pets doesnt bother them.

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    to wander off-topic a bit ... i use a generic version of febreeze. doesn't bother my dogs at all. (of course i don't pour it directly into their water bowls so ... :lol: )

    believe it or not, i also use it on my hair. gives it body and shine; helps it hold a curl if i spray it on before blow drying; and smells great.

    just a little factoid to file away. :wink:

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    I use Fabreeze ALL the time in this house. People are always burning something and they put plastic in the fires when they burn. The smell/smoke comes right towards my house and the smell gets inside. So, out comes the Fabreeze. I use it daily just because I like the smell.

    Yes, Patrice,,,I agree with you. Why make the bed when you are going to get back into it and mess it up!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    to wander off-topic a bit ... i use a generic version of febreeze. doesn't bother my dogs at all. (of course i don't pour it directly into their water bowls so ... :lol: )

    believe it or not, i also use it on my hair. gives it body and shine; helps it hold a curl if i spray it on before blow drying; and smells great.

    just a little factoid to file away. :wink:
    Wandering away again....you use it on your hair?!?! :shock: I would never have thought of that. GREAT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    I use Fabreeze ALL the time in this house. People are always burning something and they put plastic in the fires when they burn. The smell/smoke comes right towards my house and the smell gets inside. So, out comes the Fabreeze. I use it daily just because I like the smell.
    tlrnhi, I love all smelly things, and my cats have never been bothered by it. I have a plug in air freshener that is in the hall, just at the right height for the cats tails to brush against as they go by. So my kits always have nice scented tails when they jump on my lap and stick their bum in the air - usually by my face!

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    Mary...if you worked in a 'chippie' I can imagine using Febreeze on my hair lol!!!

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    Bearisgray, (and others with pets), I had asked our vet about Febreeze (sp) once, and he said do not use it around dogs and cats. I wish I could use it, I have heard that it smells really nice.

    Anne

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    Being a novice, needed a crib batt and the only one I had was one of those real puffy ones. Used to do some hand qulting and they were fine. Afraid that machine quilting would put puckers in the top or back of my quilt. Took pressing cloths and ironed that batting flat. :x It quilted just fine and when I washed the quilt, it was puffy again. :-)

    Also use Fabreeze around our cats and dogs....& the smoking DH :roll:

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