A New Way to Fold Quilts!

Ann Fahl is a quilt artist, designer, teacher, blue ribbon winner, author of Coloring with Thread and Dancing with Thread published by C&T Publishing, and more. Visit her website  to learn more about her and her many talents. While there, be sure to look at her gallery of very beautiful quilts.

Some while ago, Ann met a quilter who folds her quilts on the bias, instead of the way most of us do. This type of fold prevents creases from forming on our quilts so is a valuable piece of knowledge. You can view Ann’s folding directions by visiting her blog.

I have applied her method to a double/full-sized quilt made in the mid 1980s and given to us as a most welcome and cherished Basket quilt. Ann recommends laying your quilt on the floor or a table, but I had to use a bed. Here are the photos of my folds.

First Fold - Bring bottom right corner up to meet left edge or close to it.

First Fold – Bring bottom right corner up to meet left edge or close to it. (Bias Fold)

Second Fold - Bring bottom left corner up to right side. (Bias Fold)

Second Fold – Bring bottom left corner up to right side. (Bias Fold)

Third Fold - Bring top left corner down to right side. (Bias Fold)

Third Fold – Bring top left corner down to right side. (Bias Fold)

Fourth Fold - Bring top right corner down toward bottom left. (Bias Fold)

Fourth Fold – Bring top right corner down toward bottom left. (Bias Fold)

As you can see, all folds are on the bias, preventing permanent creases in our quilts. They fold quite flat and can be stacked on shelves much more easily.

You may have already learned this method. If so, please leave comments about your experiences with it.

How do you fold your quilts?

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2 Comments

  1. Pat –
    I apologize for not having seen your request sooner. Yes, you may use it in your newsletter, but no need to give me credit as the idea is not mine.

  2. Pat Simpson

    Great article on folding quilts. May I use it in our quilt guild’s newsletter? (Giving credit to your website of course). Thanks.

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