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Thread: What is the difference between quilter's cotton & broadcloth

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    Senior Member Linda58's Avatar
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    Also do any of you use broadcloth for quilting?

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    thanks for asking that! can't wait to learn what everyone has to say.

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    From Wikepedia: Broadcloth started out made of wool. Now broadcloth can be made from polyester, silk, or cotten.

    I have never used broadcloth to quilt, but I know there are people who do.

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    The broadcloth at Jo-Ann's is a poly blend, but you can find some 100% cotton broadcloth: http://www.fabric.com/quilting-fabri...roadcloth.aspx if you prefer working with all cotton. I wonder why they don't make it out of wool any longer? I bet it was nice.

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    Most LQS carry a good quality cotton broadcloth. Comes in solid colours and is comparable in quality (and price!) to any good quilting cotton. The Kona solids are considered high quality 100% cotton broadcloth at my LQS.
    Most fabric stores also stock an inexpensive poly/cotton blend broadcloth for all sorts of general usage. It's usually just $1 or so a yard.

    Here's more info, for those of us who just can't get enough:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcloth

    This is interesting: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-broadcloth.htm Guess there are fabrics we refer to as broadcloth that really aren't in the classic sense of the word.

    Chele, they do still make it out of wool. Pretty pricey though and used in suitings and upholstery. I'm sure some of it feels absolutely wonderful.

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    I have used broadcloth and cottons together, the broadcloth feels different, but since I have only quilted since Christmas '09, I don't know how it will stand up next to the cotton, in the future.

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    Mom used it in some of her quilts. She said it was too heavy and didn't really care for it so she only used it in utility quilts.

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    I have used broad cloth, but only in texture quilts. My FIL worked in the quality assurance area of a textile manufacturer and would bring me samples of their products. What they sold as "broad cloth" was closer to a denim and worked well when mixed with old jeans.

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    I don't care for the feel of broadcloth but it could be used in quilts I guess. Just not my thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    From Wikepedia: Broadcloth started out made of wool. Now broadcloth can be made from polyester, silk, or cotten.

    I have never used broadcloth to quilt, but I know there are people who do.
    I use broard cloth when adding solids or sashing to my quilts.
    It sews really well and holds up through the washine machine.

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