How to Fold a Quilt to Minimize Creases

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This Handy Tip Will Also Extend the Life of Your Quilts!

If you’ve quilted for long, you probably have several quilts in view around your home. You may even have some tucked away for switching out with those on display. When you pull a folded quilt out of storage it’s very likely to have stubborn creases along the fold lines.

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to get creases out of a quilt that has been folded for any length of time?  The problem is that folding a quilt can cause the fabric fibers to start breaking down along the fold line. That’s why conservators recommend refolding stored quilts regularly.

One way to avoid creases is to roll quilts around something like pool noodles (learn more here). However, there are times when only folding will do, whether it’s for for storage, display or shipping.

Fortunately, creases, and fabric breakdown, can be prevented by folding quilts on the bias. The fabric will stretch a bit when folded on the bias, rather than starting to break down.

In the following video, Margaret Leuwen demonstrates how to do that. You don’t need to follow her exact folding pattern, as long as you keep the folds on the bias.

Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it doesn’t play on your device.


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