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    Plain Jane's Avatar
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    I found a bag of scrap fabric at a thrift shop to practice on. Two questions.
    How can you tell if it's 100% cotton or a blend?
    Can you combine the two?
    You all are the best. I read on here to safety pin my fabric before I wash it. Yes! What a great idea.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Well, you can google "burn test for fabric content" and several hits will come up. you have to be really really careful and do this over the sink. I usually run an inch or 2 of water into the sink and use tongs to hold the fabric.

    Having said that, if you are just going to practice, I wouldn't worry about the content. If the fabric weight is similar, go ahead and mix them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plain Jane
    I found a bag of scrap fabric at a thrift shop to practice on. Two questions.
    How can you tell if it's 100% cotton or a blend?
    Can you combine the two?
    You all are the best. I read on here to safety pin my fabric before I wash it. Yes! What a great idea.
    Thank you in advance.
    About the safety pins that was Me! so thank you right back :D

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    Jane, that baby is tooooo cute!!!!!!!!! :D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by icon17
    Quote Originally Posted by Plain Jane
    I found a bag of scrap fabric at a thrift shop to practice on. Two questions.
    How can you tell if it's 100% cotton or a blend?
    Can you combine the two?
    You all are the best. I read on here to safety pin my fabric before I wash it. Yes! What a great idea.
    Thank you in advance.
    About the safety pins that was Me! so thank you right back :D
    Safety pin the fabric??? I am not a prewasher, so I am curious about this.

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    About the safety pins that was Me! so thank you right back :D[/quote]

    Safety pin the fabric??? I am not a prewasher, so I am curious about this.[/quote]

    Me too! Share

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    Pre-washing is a great idea...that way you will see how your non-cottons behave and if there is a problem with colours running. If the weights are similar, there is no problem combining, though some non-cottons are slippery and a little more difficult to stitch. The important thing is to get started and you will learn as you go. Don't be discouraged and if you get stuck....ask away. You will always find a solution here. Happy quilting.

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    fI just did a quilt with 100% cotton and cotton/poly blends. Some blends may ravel a bit more, .

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    great hints

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Jane, that baby is tooooo cute!!!!!!!!! :D:D
    Why thank you! He's our second grandson. I'll change my picture soon to show off the other one. We think they're both adorable but we are admittedly biased.

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