About ten years ago I changed the way I fold my quilts. I've done it so often that I don't even think about it, so when I'm among quilters who happen to see me fold a quilt, I'm inevitably asked, "What did you just do?!" Let me explain and demonstrate.
The reason this method is better for a quilt goes back to an understanding of fabric weave.
Length of grain fabric has the strongest tension.The fabric stretchiness is what we're taking advantage of when we fold a quilt on the bias.
Cross grain fabric has a mid-strong tension.
And fabric bias has the least tension, meaning it's stretchier.
How to Fold a Quilt on the Bias
The quilt I'm demonstrating with is my recently-finished "Which Way?" quilt. Since I want the front of the quilt to show when I'm done folding, I'm beginning with the back facing up. If you think of this quilt like a clock, it might help you better understand the process.
Beginning at one corner - the 5:00 position - fold a 45-degree angle.
Choose the next corner to the left, folding the first fold onto itself. You're lifting the 7:00 corner and moving it to the 2:00 position.
Choose the next corner to the left - the 11:00 position - folding it toward 4:00, overlapping to make the quilt bundle the size you wish.
Fold that little corner back onto itself.
Step 5 - Fold to the Size You Desire
Choose the 1:00 position and fold it toward the bundle.
Fold all of it in half to complete your quilt bundle.
If you don't like the way the binding shows, after Step 4 simply fold, fold, and fold the quilt onto itself.
All my quilts are folded this way, including those that are stored in pillowcases in the top of the closet. It's also how I fold a quilt that's being boxed and shipped to a quilt show.
By the way, I don't take credit for this quilt-folding method. It appeared as a single page article in a long-ago issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.
Isn't it worth sharing again? Linda