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Thread: Polycotton

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    Is it really Taboo to use all polycottons in a quilt?

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    You run the chance of getting caught by the quilting police :| :|

    All kidding aside, I do not buy polycotton but if it is already in my stash and I want to use it for example, color or print, I will use it in small amounts. It does not sew up as nicely as pure cotton tho'. Quilt and have fun. :wink:

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    If you're making it to sell, probably not for some people, but for yourself or friends or family who might not mind, it's fine.

    I have used it many times for myself or family. Just depends, some like it but 100% cotton is best. Just my opinion.

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    I think an all-or-nothing approach is better, honestly. Blends and 100% cotton behave differently in terms of wear, stretch and shrinkage. I'd be concerned about the two not playing well together if you mix them together.

    But I agree with skydiver70 that it depends on the recipient. A buyer will probably expect a more traditional approach, which means traditional materials. Loved ones (or yourself :)) will be more forgiving.

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    I've come across so many quilt ideas that use the solid colours and I have drawers of the solid polycotton....I would not be mixing them and I thought that might work for charity quilts... not sure I will go with the PC...just wondering what the feedback would be..

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    I have made many quilts with PC. It holds up better than cotton. If it is the newer PC, it looks a feels like cotton and I intermix and never have a problem. It is great for children's quilts as it is non-allergenic, washes beautifully, doesn' t hold stains, mildew, mold as cotton will. I use a poly down batting on these quilts for kids for the same reason. They are not too hot but do keep you warm enough.

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    It stinks when ironed hot and can burn and it feels terrible to me. My opinion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by C Maureen
    Is it really Taboo to use all polycottons in a quilt?
    I ruined a quilt by not following the quilting rules many years ago, like "no poly cotton"...not anymore...100% cotton is so much more endurable and lasts...hard to beat!

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    Have used it on occassion but learned ab important lesson-it shrinks when iron if the iron is too hot ao you must be very careful if you use it.

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    I think it depends a lot on the type of polycotton you are using. I use it quite a bit and have had no problems with it. I try to make sure that there is more cotton in the blend than poly, and never use less than 50% cotton. And that is only if it has that nice look and feel of cotton. If you are using all polycotton, then I don't see a problem at all. I know that the Amish often do that. I am not aware of an issue with durability as long as it is not the very thin fabrics you often find in the all polys and the blends used in curtains, etc.

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