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I blame all you quilters for what I said in walmart today!!!!

I blame all you quilters for what I said in walmart today!!!!

Old 12-29-2010, 09:07 PM
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I guess i'll just have to see what it looks like when i get it all put together and find out what works and dosent work. I have everything cut already, its time consuming to cut, pin, baste, and then actually sew them together. Its like sewing them twice. Lots of work, but I can usaually finish a baby quilt in week.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:05 PM
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My fabric lady at WM told me that they will carry fabric now for an extra 3 months. Now it will be July instead of April. I am so Happy for that. Hope it goes longer
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:16 PM
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The enjoyment of the purer cotton fabrics over other mixed fabric is a natural. However, the realities of quilting are that many were made from various diverse fabrics,many of which were used due solely to access. This diversity remains today, thank goodness, in our flannels, levi and wool and various other textile options. In truth there is no fabric a true quilter wont snip, clip, twist, turn, tuck, piece, and sew. Love being a quilter....so much to play with.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:31 PM
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I use poly blends as batting on some quilts, still others I will use old blankets, I also use sheets for backing. I have a closet full of 100% cotton but i use that for tops, I firmly believe that you should reuse anything possible and keep it out of dumps. no matter what you use SOMEONE will love to get it as a gift.
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:42 AM
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I guess I'm giving my age away now but I can remember when the polyester 'miracle fabric' hit the market. My mom was over the moon - you didn't have to iron it. She ALWAYS looked for shirts and blouses for all of us in poly/cotton.

As she was the seamstress for the family she also looked for poly/cotton and 'double-knit' to sew all our clothes. Of course there were always scraps left over and when she needed to put quilt tops together, what better solid to buy than this miracle fabric (nobody knew any better at that point).

The quilt she made for our wedding was the culmination of the old cottons passed to her from DMIL, scraps from all the clothing she made for us kids and the solids she bought. After about 15-20 yrs of constant use I started seeing some of the fabrics coming apart and I would sit at the sewing machine and fix all the places only to have more come apart at the next washing.

Sadly it got to the point of no repair and is put away now but what struck me is that the fabric that completely 'dissolved' was the poly cotton and the old cottons from DMIL. The cottons from our childhood stood.

Sorry to be so lengthly about this - I'm not good at short stories. :oops:
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:01 AM
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I generally use only 100% cotton because I like the feel of it. I was recently given a very large bag of poly cotton fabrics in lovely colors. They were given to go into charity quilts. I am sure they will be very well recieved.

I have often been asked if I am a quilter and asked for advice....but then I carry quilted purses. In my county, I am often asked by strangers to explain a quilting process or design. The last time I was in Walmart, someone got out of line to come over and rave over my purse. I guess i just have a friendly face.
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Old 12-30-2010, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by kateyb
Just a comment: Quilters use what is available. The quilters of Gees Bend used old cloths because that was, in most cases, all they had. Use what you've got. I see that as the tradition.
I agree - the only reason old quilts are made of ALL COTTON is because that is all that the clothes were made of! This ALL cotton stuff is taking it too far! As she said - Quilters used what was available. Cotton /polyester holds up very well, shrinks less and is considerably easier to find. I use what is available and never worry about trying to find all cotton. The quilts hold up much better, and all cotton thread is even harder to find today = cotton /poly thread in my quilts too.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:23 AM
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Using good grade fabric is like a mechanic using good grade tools, there is no comparison. BUT, good fabric does not make a good quilter, but it does help.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by kakels
being a snob is not a bad thing. LOL Thanks for the answer!
I think you gave her a correct answer as far as what is nicest or preferred. I have lots of blends and I cannot afford to just not use them. After I posted a subject about using them, the bottom line is that it is OK to use what you have. I agree cotton is the nicest but do not call that being a snob.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by kateyb
Just a comment: Quilters use what is available. The quilters of Gees Bend used old cloths because that was, in most cases, all they had. Use what you've got. I see that as the tradition.
Yep same here, that is one reason I don't post pics on here cause I use whatever comes my way.
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