How to Fold Quilts (Crease Free) when Moving Across Town, the Country or the World

I have moved cites, countries and continents. Most recently, I moved from the east coast of Australia to the west coast of Australia…and back again. Some of the first items I planned to take with me were a selection of my quilts.

Taking your quilts with you to a new community not only gives you and your family something familiar and comforting in your new surroundings, it also provides a common talking point when you visit or start a new quilting group in your new location.

The baggage allowance for my flight was dedicated to clothes, so I decided to pack a suitcase with a selection of quilts that would be transported in our shipping container. The amount of time these quilts would be in transit was only an estimate and I wanted my quilts to arrive without creases or wrinkles.

Avoid folding your quilts into rectangles or squares as this can create a permanent fold mark into the grain line of your piece. If you have ever ‘finger pressed’ a piece of patchwork you know how the fabric can ‘hold’ a crease.
Good results are achieved by folding your quilts on the bias.

Follow these steps for best results:

1st Fold diagonally

1st Fold diagonally

Fold Diagonally again

Fold Diagonally again

Third Fold

Third Fold

Fourth and final fold

Fourth and final fold

Stack of Folded quilts

Stack of Folded quilts

Suitcase of quilts

Suitcase of quilts

Smooth, Crease-free quilt after 2 weeks in a suitcase

Smooth, Crease-free quilt after 2 weeks in a suitcase

There are several ways to keep quilts at their best when in transit. We would enjoy hearing about your methods and experiences transporting your quilts around the corner or around the world.

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