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Thread: What do you use muslin for?

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    With a little less than a year of experience, I was wondering why one would purchase an entire bolt of muslin. :oops: It is so much more affordable than cotton fabric, (now that is confusing, it says 100% cotton and it is obviously fabric) I would love to know where I could use it in place of the more expensive cotton fabric, but with my lack of experience I was hoping you would enlighten me, please?

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    As a beginner, I use it to practice on, since it is less expensive. It also has a nice, natural look that works well in some quilts. People used to wear it...

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    I have used it to practice free hand embroidery, backing for some quilts when the back doesn't really matters, like one I made to cover the couch and was tucked in the sides, etc. I even used it for a very nice quilt when I wanted to used a cream fabric but very muted not to take the attention away from the focua fabric. I used some for the back of placemats that were washed every other day. It is great for machine embroidery when the whole area is covered with the design. At this rate I think I am on my second bolt.

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    I use it to practice machine quilting, for foundations for crazy quilts and I'm doing a catherdal window.

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    I use a lot, I use it on the back of all my quilts, and also for a lot of the backgrounds. It hand quilts beautifully and gives your quilts an old fashioned look that I love.

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    I use it for backing on quilts. Also making doll bodies.

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    I use it for the backings of most of my quilts. Also for background on the tops. Currently using muslin for the jewel box quilt I'm making for my mom and for my Dear Jane quilt.

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    Thank for sharing, I had thought about using it for an affordable backing, but had been informed by the quilt police at the lqs that this was just not done! I never thought about it for the Dear Jane or Cathedral Windows, that would be great. After posting this last night I was hopping about the 'net and found this awesome Lecien quilt with muslin alternating four patches and it is so classic looking: http://www.homespunhearth.com/Confet...-Quilt-Kit.asp

    Appreciate the advice. :-)

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    I use it for quilting practice. I'm currently in the initial design phase of a whole cloth quilt, which I will definitely use muslin for the back and may use it for the front. But I think it's important to prewash muslin, if used in a quilt, since it tends to shrink quite a bit.

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    You could use it for cutting out fat quarters & testing out "tie-dying" fabrics to turn out different batik effects.

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