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Thread: muslin for quilt backing

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    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
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    I bought 15 yards of muslin today and then got to wondering if it can be used for quilt backing. It feels a little light, but so does some of my material. Has anyone used muslin to back a quilt and if so did you like it.

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    yes i used muslin for the backing and it was ok did not have a problem

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    my mother has quilted much longer then me and she says muslin is good but when you use something with a small print it helps hide any mistakes you may make whilst quilting. I thought it was a good tip.

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    My mother and MIL use Muslin all the time for quilt backings. Especially when they make wall-hangings


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    A traditional Amish quilt has Muslin backing.

    Just be very careful when you baste it, that you baste it perfectly smooth, I used it to line a pillow once and some how I ended up with a pucker, thankfully it's hidden in the pillow now. :D

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    I have used muslin for backing and had no problem.

    Give it a try :wink:

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    i use muslin a lot on my quilts just remember to use you bobbin thread to match the color of you muslin when quilting on the quilt so it will look good on the back !!! i didnt do this the first quilt i made so i had red thread on the back instead of white !!!!!

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    I use muslin a lot for backing. There are different weights or thickness of muslin

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    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. :-)

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    i would think it would be especially nice for wall hangings, to keep the weight down! I'll have to try that with a king size quilt I am doing that will be a wall hanging for my family room!

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