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    Do any of you use it for backing? I would like a lower cost alternative for my backing but wondered about the quality of muslin. Obviously, I know it wouldn't be as good quality as "regular" quilting fabric. Just wondering if it "will do".

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    I've used muslin before as backing. Just wash it first, the stuff shrinks like crazy. You also might want to iron it before it gets totally dry as it wrinkles too!

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    I've used it a couple of times. I think the main thing is to get the better quality muslin. Some of it is pretty thin.

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    the best quality muslin I have found is Rangefinder

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    I've used muslin several times on quilts.

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    I only use muslin for backing. I use a 100% permanent press cotton 108" wide from ...........get ready..........Walmart. It never shrinks and washes beautifully each time. If it can survive my grandchildren......it's good stuff........LOL :lol:

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    Moda now makes muslin in 45", 90", 108" and 110" widths, natural, white and printed, and regular and premium grade (200 thread count). It's really quite nice.

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    For years I've also used the 108" wide, permanemt press, 100% cotton from Walmart and have not had one complaint about it. I agree, it washes great. Try it gal, you might like it!!!

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    My aunt uses only muslin for her backing.

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    I simply use the basic sheets from Walmart so far no balling they are permenent press and I had no trouble hand quilting them. They are one piece , cheap and the fabric is 200 count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beetle
    Do any of you use it for backing? I would like a lower cost alternative for my backing but wondered about the quality of muslin. Obviously, I know it wouldn't be as good quality as "regular" quilting fabric. Just wondering if it "will do".
    i use sheets and muslin the muslin is 200count on my quilts the muslin works good i have no complains about it so far

    Jerrie

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    I've used both sheets and muslin for backing. I've found "utility" muslin is a bit heavier and washes up beautifully. I do remove all of my fabrics promptly from the washer and take them straight to the ironing board.

    If sheet shopping, don't hesitate getting a "set" you can always use the fitted sheet on the next smaller (i.e. queen fitted sheet for a full quilt back) size for a second quilt back. I like to get mine from Bed Bath and Beyond, and I "feel" them first to make sure they feel nice.

    Just be careful I've seen extra wide muslin $$$ more than quilt backs.

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    i personally don't care for muslin except in period quilts. the good stuff costs the same as sale 100% cotton. Joann has 108" 100% cotton in soft floral prints that sell for $9.99. when you ask for quilt fabric, they never tell you that. i buy it on sale for $5. it also loses size when washed, so be careful of both. i just think the florals are more interesting and have a wider margin for error if your stitching is less than perfect (like mine).

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    I'm a muslin queen:))Love that stuff and have even over-dyed it darker:))It is an excelent blender too. I have to admit that I like the Walmart one too. I am always on the hunt for any 'good' muslin. You can find it where you could read a book thru it...I walk away:0)You may find 10 different ones side by side in a store...keep feeling for the right one;))I actually think it ends up making your quilt feeling softer. Just MHO ...Skeat

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