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Thread: OK to use this fabric?

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    OK to use this fabric?

    Hello all,
    (This is my first posting, but I've been reading for a long time.) I inherited a piece of off-white 100% cotton fabric. It is about 20 yards long and 54" wide. The selvage says Guaranteed ROC-LON Rain No Stain, and a label with the fabric says ROC-LON RNS 100% Cotton. I compared the weave to some Moda fabric and the number of threads per inch looks about the same. Would this be OK to use in quilt blocks and/or as backing? It seems to be very nice fabric.
    Thanks very much.
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    I've used that brand for drapery lining fabric but no experience in quilting.

    http://www.roc-lon.com/products/uncoated_linings.html#

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    Sounds like a quality neutral to keep in inventory. Great for one-piece quilt backing oversized charity lap quilts and plenty for piecing when neutral is needed. I would definitely use it in charity quilts. Sometimes I make fabric bags to place complete quilts in them for storage or it makes a nice presentation when gifting a quilt. Lots of uses..

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    Welcome to the board! Absolutely, I think you can use it for a backing.
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    Odd cuts for labels.

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    I would wash a piece just to see how much it shrinks. If you like the feel then use it all you want.
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    I think Roc Lon made a lot of different quality muslins. I would cut off a square, measure it, then wash it and measure it again. Years ago I had some Roc Lon that wrinkled terribly when it was washed, but I know not all of it does.

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    inherited 20 yards? yipee! So do a test wash and iron.....like it? Use it everywhere!

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    Sounds like drapery lining. I say that because of the reference to 'rain no stain'. However, it was made in several weights or qualities. Roc-Lon is also the producer for premium quality muslin. I use it a lot for the backing or lining of all kinds of projects. But, as to the fabric you have, I would cut off a piece, maybe even a yard. Measure it very carefully and wash it, dry it, iron it and remeasure it. You can then act accordingly. If it shrinks a lot but the rest of the characteristics are OK, just wash it all-maybe cut in increments so it is easier to handle.

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    Sounds like a good quality muslin (cotton). I have used in piecing and also in backs. Lucky you!

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    I've used it for lining curtains but that's it. Not sure about quilting.

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    Also, after ironing, then needle it to see how easy.

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    This is drapery lining. I would try the things already suggested and see how it reacts. It may be the perfect backing for your next quilt.

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    it's drapery lining, Roc-Lon is usually quite good stuff but since quality everywhere seems to be dropping on everything I would still test it. My mother swears by one of their muslins for her backings, she prefers a plain white backing on her quilts.

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    The "Rain No Stain" part of the label sounds like it might have a Scotchguard-like coating on it. Maybe it was intended for drapery lining or under upholstery fabric to protect the cushions?
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    Thank you everyone for the comments, suggestions, and also the kind welcome. As suggested, I washed and dried a 1-yard cut (hot water, hot dryer) to check shrinking and wrinkling. It shrunk about 1/2 inch over the 36", which I thought was OK, and the wrinkling was not bad at all. The only concern I have now is that the fabric, now that it has been washed, seems a bit lighter weight than my typical quilting fabrics. So, I think I won't use it for piecing, but for backing. Thanks again for all the suggestions!

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    I got some of the same fabric at an estate sale, although not as wide, it had the same "label" and I've used it for blocks and not had any problems.

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