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Thread: making quilts with 50/50 poly/cotton material

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    Senior Member Marcia_PA's Avatar
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    I bought a piece of material at Goodwill that I thought was cotton, but when I washed, dried & ironed, I'm guessing it's a cotton/polyester blend. There were hardly any wrinkles and it gave off an odor when ironed that made me think it's a blend.

    I wash all my fabrics, but not batting and I wonder how using this fabric with other all cotton fabrics in a quilt will turn out. Any thoughts/experience with doing that?

    If not a quilt, what are some other projects I might use this blend in? I don't sew clothes :D

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    you can use it- many of us use plenty of mixtures of fabrics in quilts that turn out great- pre wash all of your fabrics- and it will be fine-
    lots of blends make wonderful quilts- even paired with batiks,
    flannels
    corduroys
    calico's
    homespuns
    wools
    and even silks

    i would use a good quality poly batting- like dream poly- or even hobbs 80/20

    no reason not to use the fabric if you like the fabric

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    I think it will be fine to use it. Look at what they used long time ago. My MIL would use anything she could get her hands on and most of her quilts have been around for a long time.

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    I've used poly/polycotton blends. They hold up really well.

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    wow... I did not know you could use blends... now even more bargains to watch for at the thrift store.

    I passed up some stuff last time I was there because it was not 100% cotton.

    I don't mind blends, I just thought quilts had to be all cotton, or all blends, did not know you can combine them.

    awesome

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    You can use them! Just remember to adjust the temp on your iron.

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    The way I look at it is if it will hold up until I'm gone, I'm going to use it! I'm sure that some of the fabrics I have used along the way have been blends & I didn't even pay attention. Wonder if maybe that will be what will happen with the cotton market going up so much. Will we be seeing more blends to use?

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    I bought some red, white and blue fabric from ebay before I knew how to read ads. Quilting fabric doesn't always mean 100% cotton. I used some of it in a quilt and it worked up just fine. One strip that won't wrinkle when washed. If it has a decent weight so you can't see through it, then use it.

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    Thanks! I think I'll use it with other fabric blends. I believe I have some other pieces of fabric that fooled me into thinking I was buying 100% cotton.

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    Blends wont hold as crisp a pressing as cotton will, also.

    Totally okay to use.

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    have used it with no problem

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    You can use anything you want to in a quilt. I don't mix cotton and blends most of the time because when you wash the cottons you get the quilty look and when you wash the blends it is more flat or ironed looking so you get a different look when you wash the quilt. Hope I made that clear.lol However, I have mixed a lot of different types together and since it is all different it gives a lot of texture and feel to the quilt. Just which ever floats your boat. It is a long lasting fabric ususally too.

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    I have never used blends only because of piling. My friend has used sheets and had a terrible time with piling but I wasnt sure if her issue was poly batting or that it was a blend. Thought I'd watch for any feedback. I have always just used cotton for this reason and none of my quilts have ever piled. Thanks!

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    The Amish store I go to has a lot of pretty cotton/poly blends. I talked to her about them and she said they were fine to use in quilts,use either all blends or all cotton. just dont mix them together.

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    You can also use cotton blends for totes/purses. I've used them for my market bags and my raggy totes. If you are selling any, just list it on the tag.

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    Good info thanks maybe ill use up some other fabric as well and experiment!!

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    I worried about that for awhile and then I said, "what the heck," and started using sheets from the thrift store. (Cheap prices!) I actually like the look. The sheets are slightly worn and feel very soft. I'm actually using both blends and 100% cotton together in an every day quilt that I'm making now. I plan to back it with 100% cotton, so it will still pucker up when washed.

    ~ Cindy

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    On my bed right now is a quilt that my aunt made - 100% cotton hand embroidered blocks set with a blend (?) in the sashing and the cornerstones - and it has been washed and used for over 25+ years and it is in perfect shape - no difference in the feel or look of the blocks.

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    I really don't like to mix cotton and poly / cotton together in the same quilt block. It seems that with the higher heat of the iron for the cotton, the poly seems to get smaller and doesn't match up to the cotton pieces.
    Also,poly/cotton piles over time.
    Poly/ cotton holds it's color much longer than cotton.
    To each they're own choice!

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    Sometimes the only color of a solid that I really want is in poly/cotton blends so I have used them. I mix them too and no one has ever complained about their quilts :)

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