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    Which is better?

    Those of you who have had experience with Joann fabric cotton please help me out, I don't know which to choose and which will hold up the best after washes...
    -Its going to be the backing for a Queen size t-shirt quilt, it will be black since thats what my friend insists he have haha...
    -My question is which one do I chose? I have read reviews but they aren't really helping me out so I thought I would ask you ladies Which of the following should I chose?

    #1 65%Poly/35%Cotton blend broadcloth
    #2 Sympathy Broadcloth
    #3 Country Classic 100% cotton
    #4 Legacy Studio solids 100% cotton
    #5 Kona solids 100% cotton

    Thanks for the help
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    I have had very good results with Kona solids. Hope you have good luck. I hate to use to much black because it is hard to see your sewing.
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    I really can't talk about the blacks as I've never used them, but in those fabrics in WHITE, from Joann's, my preference would be the Legacy Studio.

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    Kona is my favorite if you can use a coupon. I would skipjoanns and order from fabric.com with a coupon though. Either kona or Bella solids.

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    Hands down Kona as long as it is Robert Kaufman's Kona cotton. JoAnn's has been known to put it on sale on occasion and coupons are nearly always available from JoAnn when it isn't on sale.

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    Symphony is a blend, it will not fade because it is 65% poly but it will not shrink either, so keep that in mind.
    Kona is always good but could be expensive for backing since you need quite a bit of yardage.
    Country Classics are thinner then kona and their weave is not as tight, but that being said, I think it would be perfect for backing. I use it for sashing as well. All 100% cottons will fade with washing, especially black.
    I backed a quilt with Symphony broadcloth once and it turned out fine, but it does have a very different feel than all cotton fabric. I have not used Legacy Studio solids so I cannot really give any opinion on that fabric. I hope this helps.

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    Not to bring up a subject that's been beaten to death, please be aware that Kona has become sort of a generic term.

    The "Kona" cottons in Joann's are NOT the same as the Robert Kaufman Kona Solids available at your LQS, unless the bolt says Kaufman.

    Not all fabrics labelled Kona are created the same way, however the Kaufman brand has strict standards:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...tml#post746926

    These differences aren't so noticeable on the white fabric, but can be on the colors and black.

    I understand it can be a price consideration, but if you can, here are two fabulous black fabrics.

    My preference is always the Michael Miller, but the Kaufman solid is another alternative:
    http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/Item...Black--srcin-1

    This black also has its fans (but I think that's just because they haven't yet tried the MM ):
    http://www.keepsakequilting.com/productdetail/9738.htm

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    So glad to find links to these older posts! I will check out Hancock's of Paducah.

    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    Not to bring up a subject that's been beaten to death, please be aware that Kona has become sort of a generic term.

    The "Kona" cottons in Joann's are NOT the same as the Robert Kaufman Kona Solids available at your LQS, unless the bolt says Kaufman.

    Not all fabrics labelled Kona are created the same way, however the Kaufman brand has strict standards:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...tml#post746926

    These differences aren't so noticeable on the white fabric, but can be on the colors and black.

    I understand it can be a price consideration, but if you can, here are two fabulous black fabrics.

    My preference is always the Michael Miller, but the Kaufman solid is another alternative:
    http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/Item...Black--srcin-1

    This black also has its fans (but I think that's just because they haven't yet tried the MM ):
    http://www.keepsakequilting.com/productdetail/9738.htm
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    It would depend on the quilt top for me. If it was a masterpiece and expensive top I would go with Kona black for the back or see if I could find a wide back that would work. If it was a scrap top and it would see heavy use and washing, I would probably go with the poly/cotton blend broadcloth. I pieced children's quilts some 25 to 30 years ago in broadcloth and they are still going strong. My main rule of thumb is, I just don't mix cotton and polyester cotton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    Not to bring up a subject that's been beaten to death, please be aware that Kona has become sort of a generic term.

    The "Kona" cottons in Joann's are NOT the same as the Robert Kaufman Kona Solids available at your LQS, unless the bolt says Kaufman.
    Ditto, ditto, ditto!!! And may I add: there is a HUGE difference between the non-Kaufman Kona and the Kaufman Kona. Kaufman Kona is a superior product, in my opinion.

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    i like roc -lon for muslin and kona for solids
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    Just to make it clear if it has Kona and the registered trademark Konaź Cotton . It is Kaufman Kona. Kona is a registered trademark by Robert Kaufman and no other company.

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    Kaufman Kona...but be sure it's Kaufman.
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    #4 Legacy Studio solids 100% cotton
    #5 Kona solids 100% cotton


    if you get #3 Country Classic 100% cotton get extra it shrinks a lot ( my experience was with black)

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    I vote for Michael Miller's jet black or a Kaufman Kona - remember a lot of fabric producers color their fabrics that do not sell black and are not good for a lot of washing. When picking black fabric always go with a brand name.

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    My experience with Michael Miller's black - it shrinks over two inches width of fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QUILTNMO View Post
    i like roc -lon for muslin and kona for solids
    My experience with the tea-dyed roc-lon muslin - it said 'pre-shrunk' on the end of the bolt - NOT!

    I definitely recommend shrinking this stuff before cutting. it.

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    I did not know that about the Kona and JoAnn's! WOW!!! You really do learn something new everyday!

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    If this is a queen, I would want the 108" wide fabric. I don't like to piece my backs unless I have to. Joann's sell 100% cotton in solid colors that is 108" wide.
    Jean in MI

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    Your quilt top is 100% cotton, so your backing should also be 100% cotton. This way the fabrics shrink the same.

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    Just a word about black - it shows EVERYTHING! Every little bit of dust, pet hair, fuzz, lint - whatever. Black looks awful in no time. No matter how clean you think you are, stuff gets stuck on black and it looks dirty and worn. Maybe you can convince him to get a black print or stripe, but if you can talk him out of plain back, I would!

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    Have you considered using a 100% cotton sheet for the backing fabric? My DD and I use sheets as backings for most of our quilts. They are certainly much cheaper than purchasing the yardage.
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    Kona solids

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    Kona solids or Michael Miller Black

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    For this project, though, I'd keep in mind that this is a t-shirt quilt which probably won't turn out to be an heirloom, so maybe the very best quality fabric might not be necessary for the backing. Also just as a caveat, I recently made a quilt with a plain black backing--took many hours to find and clip off the many little black threads on the back at the end, plus being able to find all the SITD lines on the back to be sure I'd sewn them all.

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