How to fold a patchwork quilt for either storing or showing within an exhibition to reduce those awful folds & crease lines that many quilts have when hanging.
Are you like many people, that after you've finished your quilt and for
whatever reason, you've folded it with huge amounts of love & care, placed it within a quilt bag that you've possibly made and stored it away for a while.
Maybe it's for a gift to a special loved one, but it's not for another couple of months.
It's time to take that quilt out for another look before you lovingly wrap it,
or prepare it for sending to an exhibition, and you see that the quilt now has
deep fold lines and creases.... Hmmm... maybe it just needed to be folded
another way. Continue reading to find out more.....
If you’re planning on showing any of your quilts, that you've lovingly created, and are not too sure just how to fold a quilt before it’s sent to the show, then the following is how I myself personally fold my quilts, before packaging them to be sent off.
This is also the same way that I fold them to store when they’re not
hanging in an exhibition etc, so don’t feel like you have to be exhibiting your
quilts to fold them this way.
I always fold the bottom up first, to the centre, then I bring the top down
to the centre, then I fold this down once again. Next I bring one of the sides to
the centre and then the opposite side into the centre, and lastly the final crosswise fold.
The reason that I fold this way is because the first fold which will be
going across your quilt, is going to have the biggest crease in it, so once the
quilt is hanging, this crease is at the bottom and will drop out easier just due to the weight of the quilt and gravity.
The second fold, which is in the top 1/3rd of the quilt, once again will be
going across your quilt and will also have weight and gravity to help pull this
The third fold, which is actually the centre of the quilt, going crosswise
is a lighter fold due to the layers of quilt now being folded, and once again
there is the weight and gravity to give a helping hand.
The two side folds and the one centre fold, will be running down your
quilt but because they don’t fold as sharp creases, they are more rolled folds,
just due to the reason that they were folded over several layers of your quilt,
then these normally do not show any crease lines.
If you fold your quilt with the sides in first, then these will be quite
creased and gravity and weight does not allow a crease going down your quilt,
to pull out.
Of course there’ll always be a particular quilt that you’re unable to fold
as I suggest, just due to the actual design on the quilt.
Many art quilts and thread painted quilts will often fall into that category,
but for the majority of quilts the above way will always be kinder to your quilt hanging much flatter and nicer in your next show or exhibition, or even on your wall at home. They’ll also be much more appealing to the judges as well.
Another little tip here is that the wadding/batting that you use within
your quilt, can make a huge difference as well.
I always use 100% wool for all my quilts, no blends at all, as wool doesn’t
crease like many other fibers and blends do. The folds will also drop out easier when using a wool wadding/batting.
Maybe this quilting tip will help you win an award for your next
magnificent creation that you decide to enter into an exhibition.
You can also check out this You Tube for more info and a visual on how I
fold all my patchwork quilts.
Have the most beautiful creative & inspiring day