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Thread: Cotton fabric or not

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    I just received 2 large plastic containers of material from my Uncle. My Aunt was an avid crafter and she passed away 2 years ago. He is finally cleaning out her sewing room and knowing that I quilt he gave me some of her fabric. My question is: is there some way for me to determine if the fabric is 100% cotton. Some of it, I can tell by the feel but some I am not sure.
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    'Easy solution for this. Snip a small cut from one edge of the fabric. Hold one end briefly over a lit match or lighter. The cotton fabric will burn quickly to ash. Poly will blacken and become hard.

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    Thank you so much. I thought I had read something about burning the fabric but I wasn't sure. I know that most of the fabric I got will probably be 50-50 blend. But, I still hope to be able to make my Uncle a lap quilt with some of the fabric as a thank you and a reminder of my Aunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmomma2
    Thank you so much. I thought I had read something about burning the fabric but I wasn't sure. I know that most of the fabric I got will probably be 50-50 blend. But, I still hope to be able to make my Uncle a lap quilt with some of the fabric as a thank you and a reminder of my Aunt.
    One thing for sure ,he won't know the difference. He will only be pleased that you cared enough for both of them to make the gift...

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    That is right, I am sure he would be delighted with anything that you made for him, especially when it has her fabric in it.

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    That's a wonderful idea. It should make him happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shequilts
    'Easy solution for this. Snip a small cut from one edge of the fabric. Hold one end briefly over a lit match or lighter. The cotton fabric will burn quickly to ash. Poly will blacken and become hard.
    yes, that's what I was going to say.

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    One suggestion is to try to make all the fabrics you use the same (all 50/50 blend or all 100% cotton) because the shrinkage rate will be different. Whatever you do, your uncle will love you and the quilt.

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    Thanks for all your help. I figured that as long as I was consistent in the type of fabric I used, I would be okay. I am obviously a novice quilter and have only bought 100% cotton for the few quilts that I have made. I won't be quilting till summer, as I am a teacher and spring is really hectic with the end of school coming, but I will try and post pictures of the quilt I make when I am done. I really enjoy looking at everyone's quilts. They are beautiful and an inspiration to me.

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