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Thread: Muslin for backing

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    I prewashed some muslin this morning intending to use it for the backing on two wallhangings...... it came out of the washer and dryer all crinkly and am wondering if that will present a problem when the wallhanging gets washed later on....it will be quilted about every 1 1/2 inches for the most part....

    Anybody every try it for a backing???

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    I have used muslin for the back of a quilt before. When I washed the quilt is was just fine. No problem at all. Hope this helps.

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    I have found muslin to do that sometimes, but I don't remember it being a problem after that. Try washing it again and see what happens, it may just be the sizing in it.

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    Thanks....I am trying it on the smaller of the two.... only because I cut that one the right size and didn't cut the bigger one right! LOL I cut it prior to washing it....dummy me! It shrunk quite a bit!

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    I have used it quite a bit for the backing for my string quilt blocks. It is
    something I always wash before using and it does shrink the first time.

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    muslin is one of my all time favorite materials for quilting. i have backed many quilts with it and used it for background also. it surely needs to be washed first, shrinks a lot.
    it also comes in many different widths. be aware that it may be wider or narrower than we are generally accoustomed to. but after quilting it is a beauty. i use it to achieve an antique look on my scrappy quilts.
    hope this helps.

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    thanks for all the replies....its good to know I shouldn't have to worry.....I quilted the one wallhanging...and it does look awesome on the backside! Very impressed...I have used it for piecing before but never for a backing so was a bit concerned..

    Thanks again!

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    I only use muslin for the backs of all my quilts, Since I make sure all my quilts are washable, they always come out great, I like it because with washing it comes out soft to the touch. Used as well, on my rag quilts, my crazy quilts, ( dyed it first). My crazy quilts are colored themed, so I sometimes dye it to match the color theme. And the quilting either by hand or machine looks great.

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    I try never to run out of muslin. When I get coupons off on fabrics I buy the wider stuff for the really big quilts. It does shrink like flannel and ravels really really well! Did you notice that? lol lol

    Sounds like your wall hanging will be beautiful!
    Happy Quilting,
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    Patsy, picture?? We wanna see the finished one!!!!

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    Well, its not quite done yet...will bind tomorrow....i'm doing two out of the same materials for my cousin...she wanted a floral (watercolor) heart and she bought the material so I made an extra little something for her out of the leftover... I will post pics as they get done....will quilt the other one tomorrow and bind them so maybe on sunday pics!

    Maybe even tomorrow if I get left alone! Saturdays are usually not a good day for me to get things done quilty... its company in and out the door and DH home too! LOL pesky people! LOL

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    WOOOHOOOOO!!! Pictures!!! Thanks in advance, I love looking at everyone's creations!!!

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    ok...I know this is the wrong section for pics....but gonna give you a sneak peek! This is what i did today...this is her extra gift ....

    First time doing this pattern... so not perfection for sure...but I am happy with it and hope my cousin will be
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    Ohhhh Thank You!!! That is absolutely beautiful!! My favorite colors too!!!

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    beautiful, i'm sure they will love it.

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    It's perfection, Patsy!

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    Patsy that is beautiful... I think it is extra special...

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    The cross is beautiful. just curious--how did you manage the floral border? That really sets it off perfectly.

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    Just beautiful! Did you make up your own pattern?

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    I just cut 2 inch squares out of a floral and a background and laid out the pieces til they looked good! LOL I did have to fussy cut a few of them but for the most part I just used what got cut from the strips.

    Thanks for all the nice compliments!

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    That's just beautiful CQ! I love purples. I'm so glad the muslin worked out ok for you.

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    Lin....I hate to disappoint you ..LOL it isn't purple! My camera shows the colors so weird! It is actualy pink and burgundy....I tried lightening the photo but it just made it look even more purple!

    But one thing good came out of it....I decided I want to do one in purples when I saw how the picture came out!! LOL

    Thanks!

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    LOL! At least I'm not color blind. Whew!

    It wouldn't matter what the color was CQ. That would be pretty in any color you used. :)

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    What an absolutely fabulous 'extra' gift!

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    This is amazing. I am very new at quilting and would like to know if the entire quilt is cut into 2" blocks and then the rays quilted after. Thanks for your help.

    new but learning

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