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Thread: Does anyone use plain muslin for backing?

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    Junior Member tupoms's Avatar
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    Hi quilters,

    I'm wondering if anyone uses plain muslin for quilt backing. With the price of fabric going up, I'm looking for less expensive backings.

    Thanks,
    ava

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    I have several times, as long as it's not the really thin muslin.

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    I use muslin all the time. It makes the back of my quilt look like a wholecloth.

    Janet

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    Use it all the time.

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    i quilt for other's alot- many of them use muslin for their backs.,...i do not- i prefer a print or fabric that (goes with) the quilt over plain/solids. also, when using a solid- muslin or not-
    every stitch will show- when using a printed fabric the stitches on the back do not detract

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    I love the look of muslin. The only reason I don't use it is because the stitching shows more and my quilting is not the best. If I ever get good at it, I'll use muslin.

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    I used muslin on my first quilts but changed over. As much time as I spend making the quilt I wanted a pretty back as well. Large scraps blending with the front fabrics probably is my favorite and...I already have them..

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    I have used muslin on a few quilts I've done, if I can get printed fabric that goes with the top for less, then I use that.

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    Use good quality muslin for about 90% of my quilt backs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranger
    Use good quality muslin for about 90% of my quilt backs.
    me too. I like the classic look of it. The practice of using prints on the back is relatively new within the past 10 years or so.

    Using muslin on the back is a great way to make your stash last longer.

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    I used muslin on a QAYG once. It was okay, I guess, but I like color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    also, when using a solid- muslin or not-
    every stitch will show- when using a printed fabric the stitches on the back do not detract
    That's very true, and when I machine quilt, I try to find a print that will hide the stitching. For most of my hand quilting, I use muslin.

    Janet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    I use muslin all the time. It makes the back of my quilt look like a wholecloth.

    Janet
    Me too! i love muslin on the backs, wether it be bleached,
    un bleached or tea dyed. the only time i use regualr fabrics, is on baby's quilts, because there is usually enough left over to piece something pretty..

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    I do sometimes due to cost or if that is the look I want for a quilt like 30 ies. Also I like muslin if I hand quilt.

    I have had a harder time finding nice muslin. I buy Moda but it seems lesser quality and have many of the little brown seed shell pieces. I have older Moda muslin I liked for piecing too but I have not been able to get that even if I order the same bolt.

    I don't use muslin if I have money or print fabric already that goes. Also my quilting is not very good and the print will be more forgiving.

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    Thanks for your replies. Think I will try it on the twin I'm making which will probably be a donation quilt.

    ava

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    Yes, because of price, on all but baby quilts.

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    Muslin or a sheet is what I normally use for backing.

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    Busy backs hide a multitude of sins... If you're quilting is perfect or near perfect it's a great choice and you get a wholecloth quilt on the back. Just know that every bobble and weave will show.

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    I use muslin quite a lot. It makes the older quilt blocks you make look like an old fashioned quilt. I use the natural muslim, it really makes my quilts look antique!

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    In my experience, the bobbles and weaves show up more on the colored or print backings.

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    I use it some for wall hangings, tablerunners. Have never used on large quilt. I like to use coordinating fabric as back often shows when in use. I might if I had a quilt with a light background but most of mine are bright. Also print will hide stitching better.

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    I just bought Muslin for my queen quilt that will go in my questroom. I think it will be fine. I doubt my quest will be checking the backside of my quilt. For my lapquilts and tablerunners I like to use a print. I also use print if I am giving them away as gifts. For my lapquilts I love to use flannel from my LQS. Keepstakes flannel is really nice and I like that they have wonderful solid colors.

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    I like good quality muslin, even the perma-press is nice to use. If it is loose, not tight weave, not worth the time for the money. That stuff is great for making strip blocks for quilts. I really like to use the tea-dyed muslin for older, vintage look.

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    I almost always use good quality muslin for my backs. After my quilts have been gifted, I can't tell you how many times folks have commented on how soft and comfy that muslin is when they snuggle up in their quilts! :D

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    ME TOO... one can control quality, by thread count, and find some good pricing....
    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    Muslin or a sheet is what I normally use for backing.

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