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Have you tried using a 100% felted wool ironing mat for your quilting? This may be my newest favorite tool that can be used in my quilt studio or to take along to quilt classes or retreats!
Ironing Mat for Quilting
Recently Precision Quilting Tools sent me two of their 100% Wool Ironing mats to try out. There has been a lot of talk lately about ironing on a wool mat and I was glad to get a chance to review their mats.
I just happened to be working on a couple batik quilt projects so I’ll be sharing my thoughts about using a wool mat while pressing my batik blocks.
Use a dry iron
Precision Quilting Tools recommends using a dry iron instead of steam as the wool is a porous material and the steam may go through.I always use a dry iron, I am actually using a vintage iron because I like the weight of it and the bottom is completely smooth.
I always press the seam closed first to set it and then open it up and press again. I was surprised at how well the wool held the quilt block stable and in place. You always want to make sure you don’t stretch your block when pressing. Lift the iron to press, don’t slide it across your block.
The Wool Ironing Mat retains heat so you are actually ironing both sides at the same time. Let your block sit and cool before moving it.
You can also use Best Press or other starches.
Great for travel or quilt classes
There are several different sizes of the wool ironing mats and they would be great to use when going to a retreat or anytime you want a portable ironing mat. I also have a small portable travel iron but at the moment I can’t find it since half of my quilt studio is packed up for our move.
The mats are 1/2″ thick to give you protection on the surface below. I have an older cutting mat and I will have to see how it works before I try using the mat on my good cutting table. Right now I am using the 17″ x 24″ mat on my ironing station which is similar to my original ironing workspace.
I have a few embroidery projects I want to work on and it would be very easy to block them by pinning on to the wool mat.
I love this product and I plan on using my wool ironing mat all the time. I would recommend it to anyone.
Ask for the Precision Quilting Tools 100% Wool Ironing mat at your local quilt shop or order online. There are four different sizes of mats.
- Wool Ironing Mat 17″ x 24″ – Fat Quarter Shop
- Wool Ironing Mat 17″ x 17″
- Wool Ironing Mat 13.5″ x 13.5″
- Wool Ironing Mat 9″x 9″