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    Does anyone use cotton blend (with polyester) fabric in their quilts/
    other projects? If you ever have, have you run into any problems using
    these types of fabrics?
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    Sherri

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    I have used them in the past. They don't stretch like cotton so if you need to stretch or fudge something thats just a speck soo short, they won't do that. Other than that no problems.

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    I have in the past sherriah, but not in many years. I don't remember having any particular problems, but vicki's right, you won't have the give that you find in natural fibers, so it might make a difference when trying to get your blocks together "just right".

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    Ok, thanks for the advice! :)

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    The only "problem" I could see, would be mixing both 100% cotton & the blend...I would be sure to pre-wash the cotton to pre-shrink it, since the poly wouldn't shrink. I know I WEAR blends & 100% on the same body, and THAT seems to work OK! LOL :D

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    I saw some at Wal Mart, I think thats what it was, just this past Wednesday. What I am thinking of is kind of a crinkly material. Is that the same thing?

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    Have used Poly cottons in the past, no probs except maybe the odd hand quilting prob when I have used something that doesn't hand quilt well. My main priority is always colour and so if I get some thing thats polycotton but works, what the heck.

    Have even used Rayons in quilts, is terrible stuff to sew, but such fabulous rich colours that it can be worth the extra effort. Give everything a good wash before you start cutting. Another advantage that some of these manmade fibres have is that they often hold their colour alot better over time than pure cotton.

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    I always thought kettle cloth was a very heavy sturdy cotton, used in play clothes, workshirts. Similar fabric is probably availabl e by a different name.

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    Regarding the search for kettle cloth, I did a quick search and it appears to be considered "vintage" now,and it does not seem to be manufactured anymore.

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    The cloth over here that is used like that is called sail cloth, is a heavier weight cotton used for hard wearing gear, also Duck is another heavier weight cotton. but I don't know what they would be called over there. The names for things can be quite different

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