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    I know it is because we all live in differerent parts of the world and call things by different names but I would really like to know what these fabrics are called in your part of the world (discriptions etc) so I can work out what you all are meaning. Things like Kona Cotton, what is that? I know about Homespun, Calico and craft Calico, but what about quilters muslin, where I live muslin is so thin you use it to strain fruit when making jam etc, can't imagine quilting with it! I would appreciate it very much if some one would take the time to explain these differences to me. I used to work in fabrics, (all kinds) so I know it is going to be a 'brand thing' and not easily described over QB but it would help me to understand what is being used for the various projects.
    Thank you so much in advance!

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    here in US, we'd call your "straining muslin" cheesecloth.

    amateur definition, here. i'm not a fibre or textiles professional. regular muslin comes in all sorts of thread-counts and "weights". to me, it's just fabric that hasn't been dyed or printed. my guess is that "quilter's muslin" has a higher threadcount and tighter weave than "regular" muslin.

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    Many thanks Patrice, where I live cheese cloth was a fabric used in the 70's for making 'hippy' shirts and tops, showing my age now LOL. Is your quilters muslin white and or cream?
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    all the muslin i've seen comes in either bleached (white) or unbleached (natural; varying degress of "cream" ).

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    Kona cotton is actually a brand of 100% cotton fabric, produced by Robert Kaufman. From what I'm able to gather, it has a 60 by 60 thread count -i guess per square inch- and is considered a premium fabric. Its quite affordable, well in my shop it is, and if I need a solid, its what I grab.

    I've used it for the last while and I love it. Great texture and shrinkage is very minimal, however it can vary, depending on how you wash it. Last time I preshrank some white, I threw it in the wash with my white laundry -socks, underwear that type of thing- and there was no noticeable shrinkage at all, used the bleach cycle, even threw in bleach!

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    What we call muslin here in the UK is very thin fabric too. I was told by my LQS that what is called muslin in the US is called calico here - not sure if that helps or not!

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    Hi Mishi, that is what I suspected, thankyou, I like to read quilting pattern books/mags etc and whilst I understand the OZ lingo as I used to live there, some of the other names I have come across I am not 100% sure about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gal
    I know it is because we all live in differerent parts of the world and call things by different names but I would really like to know what these fabrics are called in your part of the world (discriptions etc) so I can work out what you all are meaning. Things like Kona Cotton, what is that? I know about Homespun, Calico and craft Calico, but what about quilters muslin, where I live muslin is so thin you use it to strain fruit when making jam etc, can't imagine quilting with it! I would appreciate it very much if some one would take the time to explain these differences to me. I used to work in fabrics, (all kinds) so I know it is going to be a 'brand thing' and not easily described over QB but it would help me to understand what is being used for the various projects.
    Thank you so much in advance!

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    I saw a show on this a while back and I believe for a lack of a better way of saying it, basically all cotton fabric starts out as muslin. Kona cotton is a brand of solid colored fabric, I believe its Kaufman that puts it out. As there are different grades of muslin there are different grades of calicos, etc. Once they become printed on they become something else. I just woke up so I hope this makes sense.

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    Thanks sewcrafty, so is Kona the same as Homespun then?

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    Homespun is a style of fabric/weave/print.
    Kona is a brand.

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