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Thread: Fabric for a whole cloth quilt

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    Super Member sewingladydi's Avatar
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    I purchased a whole cloth quilt kit with the quilt pattern printed on it. The fabric is a preshrunk muslin which I'm not crazy about. I want to use the preprinted side as the back of the quilt and buy a new solid fabric to be the top.

    Is Kona a good choice for the top of the quilt? Will it be easy to hand quilt?
    Or any other suggestions.

    It would be nice if I could find a wide fabric so I don't have to piece the top, but it must hand quilt nicely.

    Any help would be appreciated

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    SewingLadyDI

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    I agree that the top shouldn't be pieced. One idea would be to think a little outside of the box. Many fabrics other than cotton come wide and can be easily quilted. I like my whole cloth to be made with shinny fabrics. I like Kona a lot for whole cloth, but is not wide enough.

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    Because solid fabrics wider than 44-45" are not available here in the quality I want to have I always piece the tops and the backings of my quilts. I only use cotton because I don't like that shinny look.
    Kona cottons are fabrics with a good quality but for me they are a little to coarse. I always try to find fabrics with a higher thread count (as far as I know the Konas has 60x60 per inch, I try to find a 75x75)like the P&B brand or Moda Bella Solids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borntohandquilt
    Because solid fabrics wider than 44-45" are not available here in the quality I want to have I always piece the tops and the backings of my quilts. I only use cotton because I don't like that shinny look.
    Kona cottons are fabrics with a good quality but for me they are a little to coarse. I always try to find fabrics with a higher thread count (as far as I know the Konas has 60x60 per inch, I try to find a 75x75)like the P&B brand or Moda Bella Solids.
    Kona widemuslin (backing) fabric comes in 200 count, 108in wide, at $8.98 per uard (only in natural and white, I believe. I am currently quilting a wholecloth, using that as backing, and the printed fabric for the top. Now I have looked at the back of my quilt, and it isn't as good as the front. I presume you are intending to quilt from the back, following the printed design, but wanting your new back to be the top? Your quilting would have to be much more even than mine for it to look good.

    Edit, just checked, it also somes in 120in wide at $10.98 per yard (Hanckcocks of Paducah catalogue)

    www.hancocks-paducah.com

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