The Gypsy Quilter Felted Wool Pressing Mats

You’ve probably seen or heard about wool pressing mats but don’t know much about them.  Well they are a dream to use and come in 6 sizes from a four inch square for mini projects, mid size which are quite portable making them a great choice for retreats and classes, and a new size large enough to cover your ironing board surface.

Below is some information on the wonderful wool pressing mats by The Gypsy Quilter.

If you haven’t tried these yet, here are the details and why you should:

Press any pieced or embroidered block with ease. The density of this high-quality 100% felted wool mat absorbs seams and stitches, effectively pressing both sides at once. Block knitted projects as well by pinning them directly to the mat. An added bonus? The texture of the wool stops fabrics from shifting so there is no distortion when pressing.

Tips and Tricks
The pressing mat can be used with a dry iron on any surface. If using steam, place the mat on a protected surface since moisture does go through the mat and can harm the surface below.

Never place the mat on a rotary cutting mat when pressing. The heat could warp the cutting mat.

If mat feels damp after use, hang to air-dry before storing. Wash the mat occasionally by rinsing it in cold water and hanging the mat until dry – especially if using spray starch.

Safe surfaces include Formica, Corian, stone, and metal (an ironing board). Wood and painted surfaces should be avoided.

A wool mat is a handy tool for quick pressing when kept next to your sewing machine.

Please remember: These pressing mats can be used with a dry iron on any surface. If using steam, place the mat on a protected surface since moisture does go through the mat and can harm the surface below.

This mat fits on a standard size TV tray perfectly

Perfect for that quilter on the go! But what about when you are in your sewing room? We have the answer for that as well! There is now one big enough to fit your Sullivan Big Board Ironing Board – a whopping 22 x 59 inches! This 3/8″ wool mat is the perfect choice for pressing entire quilt tops.

For the dream pressing table set up combine the large 22″ x 59″ mat with a Sullivans Better Board at a reduced price when purchased as a combo set.

Watch the video below to see more about The Gypsy Quilter Wool Pressing Mats.

We currently have some special pricing in effect until May 8th so stop by the shop or find them online HERE to place your order today.

 

Tuesday Tip: Using Pool Noodles

Creative quilters are finding many uses for inexpensive pool noodles available at your local Dollar Store or outlet centre. They come in your choice of many fun colours and aren’t just for kids! Pool noodles can be used to baste, store, ship quilts and more!

Here’s some of our favourite quilty uses:

  1. Basting Quilts – Three pool noodles make basting a quilt a breeze. Roll the backing, batting and top around pool noodles and unroll them as you go. Watch this short video that demonstrates how to base a quilt using three noodles.

 

2. Wrinkle-free Storage – When quilts are not in use try wrapping them around a pool noodles. This is a great way to prevent creases in the quilts.

3. Packing for Quilt Shows – Rolled quilts are also perfect for transporting to shows. A dowel can be inserted in the center of the noodles for large, heavy quilts to keep the pool noodles from bowing. Secure the quilts by tying them with a ribbon or strip of fabric.

4. Binding Organization – A short length of pool noodle works nicely for keeping a prepared binding neat and ready to use. Plus, it’s lightweight and travels easily to class or a retreat. Simply pin both ends of the binding into the pool noodle to secure it.

When you’re ready to sew the binding onto the quilt, the pool noodle will sit nicely in your lap as the binding reels off.

5. Pincushion – Pool noodles also work for pin cushions. They are especially helpful for storing open basting pins. Use a knife to cut the length you want, then cut it in half down the center.

Or, slice pool noodles across the diameter for lightweight pin cushions.

6. Crease Free Hanging Storage – Cut a pool noodle lengthwise to slide over a hanger, so that your quilt, quilt top, pieces and strips are ready to come back to without creases.

We hope you can have fun putting a pool noodle to use in your sewing studio this spring!

Happy stitching!

 

 

Thrifty Thursday….Sliding Quilt Stencil

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is select EZ Quilting Sliding Stencils.  Choose from one of these three designs, Daisy Chain, Shooting Star or Fleur De Lis to make lovely quilted border.  Our regular price is $25.29.  Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $12.65 per stencil.  Click here to orders yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.

Thrifty Thursday….Gingerbread Square

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Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is our Gingerbread Square Quilt Kit.

What could be better than Victorian Gingerbread?? Crayon tinting adds so much depth and life to the oh so simple embroidery, with just enough sparkle to make it extra fun….and the easy little 9 patch piecing sets it to a tee!

The finished quilt measures 68 3/4″ x 68 3/4″ and includes includes fabric for the top and binding plus the Bunny Hill Designs pattern, embroidery floss and pigma pen for tracing. Our regular price is $245.00. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $122.50. Click Gingerbread Square to order yours today!

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