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Thread: muslin for quilt backing

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    I bought 15 yards of muslin today and then got to wondering if it can be used for quilt backing. It feels a little light, but so does some of my material. Has anyone used muslin to back a quilt and if so did you like it.

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    yes i used muslin for the backing and it was ok did not have a problem

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    my mother has quilted much longer then me and she says muslin is good but when you use something with a small print it helps hide any mistakes you may make whilst quilting. I thought it was a good tip.

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    My mother and MIL use Muslin all the time for quilt backings. Especially when they make wall-hangings


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    A traditional Amish quilt has Muslin backing.

    Just be very careful when you baste it, that you baste it perfectly smooth, I used it to line a pillow once and some how I ended up with a pucker, thankfully it's hidden in the pillow now. :D

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    I have used muslin for backing and had no problem.

    Give it a try :wink:

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    i use muslin a lot on my quilts just remember to use you bobbin thread to match the color of you muslin when quilting on the quilt so it will look good on the back !!! i didnt do this the first quilt i made so i had red thread on the back instead of white !!!!!

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    I use muslin a lot for backing. There are different weights or thickness of muslin

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    yes, I agree with the others, but I recommend that you wash it in warm/hot water and then dry it thoroughly to complete the shrinkage. Muslin shrinks a LOT and often has residual shrinkage over the next few washings. It's best to get it all shrunk up first.

    Even the "preshrunk" muslins will shrink.

    Muslin comes in a wide variety of qualities.

    So my opinion is that muslin works just fine after you have completely shrunk it. :-)

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    i would think it would be especially nice for wall hangings, to keep the weight down! I'll have to try that with a king size quilt I am doing that will be a wall hanging for my family room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    yes, I agree with the others, but I recommend that you wash it in warm/hot water and then dry it thoroughly to complete the shrinkage. Muslin shrinks a LOT and often has residual shrinkage over the next few washings. It's best to get it all shrunk up first.

    Even the "preshrunk" muslins will shrink.

    Muslin comes in a wide variety of qualities.

    So my opinion is that muslin works just fine after you have completely shrunk it. :-)
    great advice - thanks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Thanks cathe, I didn't realize that about shrinking. Do you wash and dry it twice?
    I do.

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    I do and have no problem with it.

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    There are quilte a few different muslins some are preshrung and some are bleached...some is very thin and stiff. I guess you have to read the bolt...I bought mid price and had good luck...For some quilts it just seems just right :D

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    I used muslin for my Scrappy Bargello that Jackie machine quilted for me, worked great. :)

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    My sis and I have both used muslin with no problems.

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    i use muslin all the time for backing but one thing for sure, wash and dry it first because it does shrink

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    I am sewing on the binding to a finished quilt and it has muslin on the back. The front is simple, I wanted to use some Civil War reproduction fabric . The muslin backing goes perfect with the time frame of the fabrics...

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    I use muslin. I usually get 108" wide that way I don't have to piece since most of my quilts are queen-sized.

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    I agree on the muslin totally. It's wonderfully soft after it's washed. One thing I learned the hard way is that Roc Lon makes a Perm Press Muslin and one that is not. I bought the one that wasn't years ago and never got the wrinkles out of it after washing. It is a cleaning rag now. Now I sell the stuff but only the Perm Press one. It comes in 45", 90", & 118" white and natural.

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    By all means wash it first. I bought some one time and when I washed & dried it , it was a wadded up mess. It was so hard to iron that I decided not to use it except for non washing projects. There are many different grades of muslin on the market so be choosy. I think what I got was almost homespun. It was ruff like too. So before you put it on a very nice top be sure what you are getting.

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    The majority of my quilts are backed with muslin. I buy the 108" or wider by the bolt, when I find it. For whatever reason the two quilt shops in my area don't carry any muslin. UGH I think for hand quilting muslin is much easier on the fingers.

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    Yes. Have used muslin on a lot of quilts that I have made in the past and have always had good results.

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    My aunt only uses unbleached muslin for the backs of all of her quilts and has never had a problem.

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    Just wondering if there is a particular weight or thread count that you guys like the best? There seems to be different ones. I was thinking about using some muslin on my next project.

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