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Thread: Why do you use 100% cotton fabric?

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    Junior Member Donna in Mo's Avatar
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    Question Why do you use 100% cotton fabric?

    I wondered why it seems that quilters think we must use 100% cotton. My Amish neighbors tell me they think the poly/cotton fabric wears better than cotton. I know the poly/cotton fabric washes better and is probably available in more designs. I know it is too lightweight for embroidery, so I use cotton.

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    I think most folks use cotton to keep a consistant fabric in the quilt. I use whatever I get! I had someone gift me with 10 yards of a heavy knit, I used it a lot of it as the foundation for several crazy quilts! The Crazy's themselves were made of any fabric I could get my hands on. Use it up, Make Do, Do with out! Go with what you've got!!

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    Yes I use all cotton to stay consistent.
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    I use all cotton because it breathes and I love the feel of it.
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    Im a newbie so this is what I was taught!

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    I use, also buy and wear, only natural plant or animal fibers...cotton, wool, linen, silk. Polyester is a synthetic fiber made from coal, air, water, and petroleum. It's the tree-hugging hippie in me.
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    Cotton fabric

    I personally like the look of cotton better. I like the weight and the way it sews.

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    Poly/cotton has a tendency to pill over time and then you have to "shave" them or they feel bumpy. I love the colors and feel of 100% cotton making sure that it is good quality. Also, if you mix cotton and cotton/poly or just poly, the cotton may shrink while the poly doesn't and then your quilt gets wonky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna in Mo View Post
    I wondered why it seems that quilters think we must use 100% cotton. My Amish neighbors tell me they think the poly/cotton fabric wears better than cotton. I know the poly/cotton fabric washes better and is probably available in more designs. I know it is too lightweight for embroidery, so I use cotton.
    I machine embroider poly cotton when I make children's clothes. It does just fine. I use the appropriate stablizers.

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    I don't like the feel of poly/cotton. The scrim in cotton sheets is bad enough (and at least I don't have to iron them). I do use poly/cotton when I want to use a licensed fabric - its often difficult to find an all cotton in the latest Saturday morning hero. But, then, I use cotton or flannel on the back.

    Secondly, quilting stitches do not generally show up as well on a poly cotton. That same resistance to wrinkles also results in less stitch definition. Probably not a big deal unless you use a really flat batting.

    I am not terribly biased against blends or even using other fabrics. However, if I'm going to put a lot of time into this project, I want to use very good quality fabric. Nearly all my fabric is from a quilt shop.
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