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    Please tell me if you use broadcloth for quilts, Joanns has this for a $1.99 a yard and my husband can give me $10.00 so I can star sewing, thank you for your help in this.

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    Penny, Broadcloth can be used in quilts. It is usually solid colors. Most quilters prefer 100% cotton but many use blends. It is all a matter of personal taste and what you can afford. I live within easy driving distance of both AMish and Mennonite communities. As they are the ones that have truly kept quilting alive they know what they are doing. I have often noted that many of their quilts and even their clothing is often made from blends. Knowing that they often have to make every stitch of clothing their families make I can not begrudge them the little luxory of fabrics that don't wrinkle as much. Most of us will admit to using whatever fabric provided the color or look we were seeking for our quilts.
    Have fun and don't worry about the quilt police.

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    thank you very much.

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    Hopefully, the broadcloth isn't too heavy weight or you may get discouraged. Also, if it is a little heavier be sure and pick a simplier pattern.

    I also think you will be happier if you stick to 100% cotton. It is a lot easier to work with.

    Good luck and happy quilting.

    Barb

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    wish I could get cotton, but with back surgery just done and not working for a yr just cant aford it.

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    I use 100% cotton broadcloth quite successfully. I agree with mpspeedy just get what you can, within your means and then you can start sewing. The only thing I would do is pre-wash...that way you will have less chance of anything "misbehaving". Happy quilting.

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    I have used broadcloth with no problems. They have some wonderful colors and that's a great price. Go ahead and make your quilt. And have fun.

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    I only use 100% cotton but I am fortunate enough to have a Wal-mart that still sells fabric.

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    Broadcloth can be used, but it is a bit heavy.

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    Thank you all for helping me, Im not sappose to drive yet, but I think I will not take my pain meds tomorrow and drive to Joanns before there sale ends and get a few yard as I am getting anxious to start trying to quilt.

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    My dad always used broadcloth for his backings and often for solid offset colours for his tops. They seemed to work out just fine.

    Patti

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    Quote Originally Posted by penny doty
    Please tell me if you use broadcloth for quilts, Joanns has this for a $1.99 a yard and my husband can give me $10.00 so I can star sewing, thank you for your help in this.
    Go for it...and good luck on your quilting. Hope your back feels better soon.

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    thank all of you for your help, and I hope my back feels better to, makes me crabby when I hurt all the time, my poor husband ha ha..

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    Dear Penny,
    Our foreparents used whatever was left over from worn out clothing. They did not have the luxury of purchasing fabric to make a quilt, although these were basically natural fibers and fabrics. Some of us were so poor that the batting was more old ragged clothing or newspaper and what beautiful quilts were made.

    Even after man made fabrics came into being, there are still people who are not able to purchase luxuries, like yards of fabric. So, enjoy sewing your quilt with what resources are available to you. I have learned to make do with what I have and oh what treasures can evolve from a willing heart and creative spirit. ENJOY!!!! Please post pictures of your creations. We all had a beginning in this wonderful craft.

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    Three cheers for putting it so well, Ellis' Granny B!

    Penny, use what you have available, and enjoy the process of creating!

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    Being disabled, and with very limited income, I have found yard sales to be a real bonanaza for finding fabrics. Not only do you find actual fabric stashes from time to time, but if you are open to taking apart clothing items, it is amazing what you can get for a quarter sometimes.While the clothing may be out of style, the fabrics used are timeless. A seam ripper, and willingness to dismantle things can provide you with some great materials for very little cost.

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