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Thread: Muslin, Oh'Muslin..which one art thou?!!!

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    Who else stands at the bolts of muslin with beads of sweat pulsating on our temples and start pulling their hair out and silently screaming inside for the right one to come forward?!! I slide my hand between the folded muslin...if I see too much skin...I keep moving. I prefer 100% cotton in all my fabrics...so, that dumps about half the stack! (I don't even know the other fibers listed! Never heard of them before! )But, the other 40 still on the shelf...have me screaming!! How about you?!!
    I would like to find a good natural, 100% muslin that I could use as a foundation and also to use as backgrounds....I'm totally cotton dumb-foundedly stumped....(and, yes, I just made up that word!LOL)
    Please, Oh please give your opinion...there is no right or wrong...I just need a direction and why!
    Here's some examples of what I run into...go to: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2555 it's just 2 pages of muslins....no sweat!LOL Skeat

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    I would think that knowing the thread count would be the key to this dilemma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Sorry, don't ask me how to help! I never could figure out all those different muslins. So I just buy the white or cream or whatever of regular quilting cotton. I will be anxious to see what other quilters have to say!
    Glad to hear there are others stumped too Loretta;)Then it is a good question that maybe others have been pondering on too...:)Skeat

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    I would think that knowing the thread count would be the key to this dilemma.
    okay...which way??Too many threads make it too 'sheety'??I don't know...speaking of sheets....I run into this when it is time to buy those too!:)Skeat

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    I recently purchased the Kona muslin for a project & I really like it.
    Hope this helps. good luck with deciding! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    I would think that knowing the thread count would be the key to this dilemma.
    okay...which way??Too many threads make it too 'sheety'??I don't know...speaking of sheets....I run into this when it is time to buy those too!:)Skeat
    http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1651891-AA.shtml

    I learned a lot about muslin from Dharma Trading company. I just went to their website clicked on cotton fabrics/muslin/ then clicked on any of the muslins listed and they started talking about so much oz, etc. With sheets, the more thread count, the softer it will feel. The more the thread count, the harder it is to HAND QUILT through ... I use regular sheets for my quilts lots of times.
    The deal with muslin is the looser the weave, the fewer threads per inch ... and, if you want a more substantial fabric based on what you consider a good thread count, then pre-wash it to shrink it down and then you will find the threads closer and more sturdy.
    sort of like flannels ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Is the purpose of using muslin is that it is a softer fabric? Or Thinner fabric? Or just a way to economize on fabric? My Mom always bought muslin, but I thought it was because we were poor! LOL!
    LOL ... our perceptions as youngsters sometimes caused us to not understand thrift, eh?

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    http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/en...ic_cotton.html

    This is an example of the description afforded by Dharma trading.com and it suggests this as a quilting fabric ... at $9 a yard for a width of 120", and a company that educates you as it sells you stuff, I would follow their lead and expect that much information from any purveyor of the supplies I desire.

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    I use quilt essential.
    A friend of mine owns a curtain shop and orders it by the bolt!
    creative products group
    made in SC
    thats all I know , other than it is first grade and I use it on all my backs, love the soft old fashioned feel and look!

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    My first rule is pick out the width. (love that 108")
    Next pick out the color (white or cream).
    Then find the one in that combo made by Kona (Robert Kaufmann).

    Done.

    tim in san jose

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