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Thread: Fabric for backing

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    Junior Member KyKat's Avatar
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    Does anyone ever use a sheet (bed sheet) as backing for a quilt? I need to back a King size whole cloth quilt, and I want a wedgewood-y blue. I've been looking for the right color for two weeks, and can't find what I want - except in a king sized sheet. I did find one, but it's 44" wide. My pre-printed top is 90" x 108", so even 2 of the 44" wide sewed together won't be big enough. Any suggestions? (Nothing on-line. I don't buy on-line) If you can use a sheet, what thread-count?

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    I haven't done it yet, and probably will at some point .... though many people do!

    If it's what you like and want, then why not?

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    Yes, I just did today. It's 50% cotton 50% polyester and has a nice feel to it.. I was just too broke to buy more material and had the sheet. Especially nice when doing a large quilt because you don't have to piece anything togethe for the back.

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    Yes, I did do it when I found a sheet with a pattern I just could not pass up. It came out great! Will keep my eyes out for more of them. :thumbup:

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    I use them. I found that using a kingsize sheet works for a queen size quilt. I bought a whole bunch of flannel sheets when I was out in New York at a fabric outlet and they were on sale for like 3 or 4 $ a sheet for kingsize. the othres were 1 or 2 or 3 $ depending on the size. Still have lots left.

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    I guess hand quilting can be really hard if you use a sheet. Otherwise, it does not matter and there are lots of pretty, cheap sheets out there. Lots of people get them at goodwill or somewhere like that- then they are all broken in for you!

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    I have used sheets many times and have had no problem. I do not hand quilt, only machine.

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    I will be hand quilting this one. Apparently it makes a difference. Maybe a lower thread count would be better for hand quilting, but then would it make bally-things? That would ruin a whole lot of hard work.

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    I would imagine any thread count would work. I've used cheap ones and expensive ones for my practicing on the longarm....LOL and bought them ALL at thrift shops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    I would imagine any thread count would work. I've used cheap ones and expensive ones for my practicing on the longarm....LOL and bought them ALL at thrift shops.
    DITTO...none of the ones around me will take a sheet...even if it is 100% cotton!

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