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    Super Member spartan quilter's Avatar
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    I found some more big pieces of fabric at the thrift store yesterday, and 2 of the pieces are only 36 inches wide. Is it really as old as I think it is, or can you still buy 36 inch wide fabric? I also got LOTS of denim squares, which I have to square up, and plan on making throws to use at the lake this summer. They wash up so well. I will back them with the florals that are also in the picture. Lots of work ahead of me

    The floral on left & solid red are 36 wide
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    Beautiful fabrics :D:D:D
    Are you sure the 36" wide is 100% cotton?

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    I remember fabric being 36" wide when I was a kid... that was at least 40 years ago...

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    You did good!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    I remember fabric being 36" wide when I was a kid... that was at least 40 years ago...
    yep. I remember too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    I remember fabric being 36" wide when I was a kid... that was at least 40 years ago...
    It was 36" wide when my Mom used to make our clothes. Gosh.... I guess that has been almost 40 years ago. I'm feeling old now. :cry:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Beautiful fabrics :D:D:D
    Are you sure the 36" wide is 100% cotton?
    The thing about the floral that is 36 wide, is that the pattern runs all the way to the selvedge with no white line saying anything about fabric, but it felt, washed and ironed like cotton. The red has a small white selvedge, also with no fiber content, and it feels like denim.

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    Great find, the denim will be so nice for the lake!

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    I remember buying 36" wide fabric for a jumper I made in Home Economics class in the late 60's.

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    our local store still caries some 36 " wide... so it is still available

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    Great find!

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    Great find and will make beautiful quilt/s. I haven't seen narrow widths for many years....but who knows, maybe someone is manufacturing them somewhere.

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    Those will be adorable together, Great Find !!

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    A terrific find :-D :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    our local store still caries some 36 " wide... so it is still available
    I don't think domestic cottons have been made in 36" width since the late 1960's. If you have any 33-34", they go back at least to the '50's. LQS charges a premium for 36" as "vintage".

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    I was going to say I bought 36" in the 70's. Didn't know there was 33 and that's 50s

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    Someone on the board told me once that if the fabric wasn't 35-36" side, it wasn't vintage. So you may have a treasure there!

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    I last remember 36" wide fabric back in the mid 70's. Nothing wrong with it as long as it's 100% cotton, you're good to go. :thumbup:

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    great find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Beautiful fabrics :D:D:D
    Are you sure the 36" wide is 100% cotton?
    I'd bet 36" fabric was cotton----------sight unseen. That was a common width years ago before synthetics became popular.

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    The last time I bought 36" wide fabric was in the early 70's

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    there are still 36" wide fabrics out there- and even some that are only 30" wide...and i heard a rumor that some manufactureres are starting to print 30-36" wide fabrics again- always check the width on the end of the bolt- i have seen cotton prints in widths from 30"- to 56"...the norm may be 40-44" but it is not the rule.

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    Looks like someone started cutting squares for a quilt.Denim is very heavy, you might want to invest in a denim needle.I love utility quilts you know will be used & it's one of my fav things about sofa throws.At least in our home & DDs...they get a ton of use.

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    My understanding is that 36" wide is dressmaking fabric. I can still get it in the shops here. Make sure you wash it as it may shrink more than quilting fabric. This used to be a standard width for cottons. Looms were smaller in the past.
    BTW very pretty fabrics
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    Quote Originally Posted by KatFish
    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    I remember fabric being 36" wide when I was a kid... that was at least 40 years ago...
    It was 36" wide when my Mom used to make our clothes. Gosh.... I guess that has been almost 40 years ago. I'm feeling old now. :cry:

    Seems like there are a lot of us that remember the 36" wide fabrics....nothing wrong with them it's just the way it was back then. I have heard as some other members that you can still purchase that length in some fabrics. You got a great find.!

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