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    When you wash your placemats or table runners and they get all wrinkled, do you iron them. Because I thought you were not suppose to iron anything quilted, but they don't look very nice. Any advice!

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    I ironed mine.

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    I definitely iron.

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    I machine wash them, then toss them into the dryer. When they come out of the dryer, I smooth them and they look fine.

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    I would iron them.

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    I iron all of mine with no problem.

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    You know, last time I washed a wall hanging and noticed it was more wrinkly than I liked, I peeked over my shoulder, gazed quickly around the room, saw no one was watching, and I IRONED it! Looked just fine and nobody knew. :mrgreen:

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    Thanks everyone! I'm going to try and iron mine.

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    I don't iron my own placemats. The only ones I have are ones that I made but I hate ironing. I only sort-of enjoy pressing when I am actually making something.

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    Go ahead and iron them, but don't let the quilt police catch you :wink:

    If you used poly fabrics or batting don't set the iron on cotton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    You know, last time I washed a wall hanging and noticed it was more wrinkly than I liked, I peeked over my shoulder, gazed quickly around the room, saw no one was watching, and I IRONED it! Looked just fine and nobody knew. :mrgreen:

    Jan in VA
    You're too funny.

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    Thanks again, it's so nice to get someone elses input.

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    Sounds like ironing is ok.

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    You can iron if you'd like. I don't iron any more than necessary.

    They are just going to get wrinkly again the next time I wash them! lol

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    I wash them, plop them in the dryer & pull them out damp. Pull them/block them to the shape I want & leave them to finish drying. Seems to work the best for me when I have used the warm & natural batting.....If I've used needlepunch, they don't look quite so "loved" when they come out of the dryer.

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    Sometimes I just throw in the dryer other times I let air dry. I haven't had to iron, but would if it needed it.

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    i think you are all wrong!!it is called pressing flattening and smoothing when it is pertaining to quilting--ironing is what you do to clothes and i hate that ---but will happily smooth quilting fabrics for hours????!!!

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    Same here.
    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I machine wash them, then toss them into the dryer. When they come out of the dryer, I smooth them and they look fine.

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    I iroon mine all the time!

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    I iron all my quilted stuff!

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    press as needed.

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    I love reading what you write for answers. They always make one feel good.
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    I dont put mine in the dryer I hang them over a rod or just lay flat to dry. I press them with my hand and they look fine. After making a table runner, I started doing this. J

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    Quote Originally Posted by twogeebs
    When you wash your placemats or table runners and they get all wrinkled, do you iron them. Because I thought you were not suppose to iron anything quilted, but they don't look very nice. Any advice!
    I don't iron them - I place them flat in the hutch drawer and that flattens them out enough to satisfy me.

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    When I wash placemats, whether they're "store bought" or made by me, I wash them on the "hand wash" cycle on my LG washer and then since they come out nicely damp (not wet), I lay them on layers of old bath towels. Do not machine dry them. I put the placemat down, cover with 2 thicknesses of towel and repeat. I often just spot clean if the stains aren't really grotesque! As I make the layers, I smooth each one with my hands. I never have any problems after that!

    Be careful how you wash the mats. If you want to machine wash them, do it on the most gentle cycle as possible. Alternatively, hand wash them if you want to. I just bought the Oxy Clean gel stick to pretreat. I got it at Target and if you go to the Oxy Clean web site, ther's a 75cent coupon.

    Missy B

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