Whether you love to iron or hate it, if you’re going to make quilts, you’re going to spend quite a bit of time pressing fabric, and the more quickly and easily you can do that job, the sooner you can get back to the more enjoyable aspects of the art. A good quilting iron can save you money, time, and frustration as you work on your various quilt designs. Some features for quilters to look for in an iron include a variety of temperature settings, an anti-drip system, pressurized steam settings, and an auto shutoff system for safety. Some specialty “smart irons” automatically deploy a built-in “stand” that lifts the iron off the fabric when you’ve stopped ironing to prevent burns and fires. As for size, large irons are able to press big pieces of fabric fast, but littler ones are good for small pieces and getting into corners, nooks, or crannies.