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Thread: Learning about fabric. Muslin?

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    In my search for an affordable fabric to start with, I found some muslin listed on Ebay.

    This is what the seller says about it -

    This is 36 inch wide light weight muslin. This was not on the correct cardboard when I bought it. My best guess, after going to the fabric store, is that it is bleached pern. press muslin.
    I am hoping to use it to make a cathedral window quilt. Would this be a bad choice for any reason?

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    For me personally I would rather stick with fabric of a known content- Muslin can be tricky(?) to begin with then throw in the uncertainty of content - nope - not for me, sorry

    what about Joanns when it is on sale ?

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    Thin muslin is good for foundation piecing, but not sure about using it for regular piecing or backing :D:D:D

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    If you mean physically going to a Joanns store, I'll have to wait about a year to do that. They don't have any of those in Japan. Maybe I could find something from their online stores?

    The only thing I ever used muslin for was doing a drape/pattern making.

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    I have found Muslin courser and rougher than cotton, I use a heck of a lot of it, plain, for foundation scrap piecing, backings for place-mats, wall-hangings etc; and bag linings

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Thin muslin is good for foundation piecing, but not sure about using it for regular piecing or backing :D:D:D
    ditto

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    Light weight muslin may be to flimsy for piecing.

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    Thanks everyone :) So the muslin is out for this project then. The price was pretty nice though.

    What does everyone think of a cotton broadcloth? Too heavy? The finished blocks will be 4 layers thick. I also don't know about the eventual cost. I will need somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake
    In my search for an affordable fabric to start with, I found some muslin listed on Ebay.

    This is what the seller says about it -

    This is 36 inch wide light weight muslin. This was not on the correct cardboard when I bought it. My best guess, after going to the fabric store, is that it is bleached pern. press muslin.
    I am hoping to use it to make a cathedral window quilt. Would this be a bad choice for any reason?
    Actually for a CW it might be just perfect. If you use too heavy of a fabric to start with those quilts get really heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake
    In my search for an affordable fabric to start with, I found some muslin listed on Ebay.

    This is what the seller says about it -

    This is 36 inch wide light weight muslin. This was not on the correct cardboard when I bought it. My best guess, after going to the fabric store, is that it is bleached pern. press muslin.
    I am hoping to use it to make a cathedral window quilt. Would this be a bad choice for any reason?
    Very. Cathedral Windows requires turning and using the bias. If it were my project, anything other than cotton would creep me out before I started it.

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