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Thread: muslin for quilt backing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    yes, I agree with the others, but I recommend that you wash it in warm/hot water and then dry it thoroughly to complete the shrinkage. Muslin shrinks a LOT and often has residual shrinkage over the next few washings. It's best to get it all shrunk up first.

    Even the "preshrunk" muslins will shrink.

    Muslin comes in a wide variety of qualities.

    So my opinion is that muslin works just fine after you have completely shrunk it. :-)
    great advice - thanks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Thanks cathe, I didn't realize that about shrinking. Do you wash and dry it twice?
    I do.

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    I do and have no problem with it.

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    There are quilte a few different muslins some are preshrung and some are bleached...some is very thin and stiff. I guess you have to read the bolt...I bought mid price and had good luck...For some quilts it just seems just right :D

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    I used muslin for my Scrappy Bargello that Jackie machine quilted for me, worked great. :)

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    My sis and I have both used muslin with no problems.

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    i use muslin all the time for backing but one thing for sure, wash and dry it first because it does shrink

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    I am sewing on the binding to a finished quilt and it has muslin on the back. The front is simple, I wanted to use some Civil War reproduction fabric . The muslin backing goes perfect with the time frame of the fabrics...

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    I use muslin. I usually get 108" wide that way I don't have to piece since most of my quilts are queen-sized.

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    I agree on the muslin totally. It's wonderfully soft after it's washed. One thing I learned the hard way is that Roc Lon makes a Perm Press Muslin and one that is not. I bought the one that wasn't years ago and never got the wrinkles out of it after washing. It is a cleaning rag now. Now I sell the stuff but only the Perm Press one. It comes in 45", 90", & 118" white and natural.

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