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    papillon cotton?

    Does anyone know what papillon cotton fabric is? Is it appropriate for quilting? I've seen it listed, but my searches don't turn up a definition or description of it apart from saying it's 100% cotton.

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    I've never heard of it, and I can't find a definition either. Are you certain it's an actual type of fabric - as opposed to the name of a collection of cotton prints (e.g., Kanvas Papillon)?

    Since no one more knowledgeable has weighed in yet, I'll go out on a limb and suggest that since it's 100% cotton, it's probably fine for quilting - unless you find it's very delicate. Be sure to wash and dry it to take care of shrinkage.
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    Hmm. the listings I found said: "This 100% cotton fabric with resin finish is also great for quilt backing" further searches found: "Crease-Resist finish or "wash-and-wear" or "wrinkle-free" finishes are achieved by the addition of a chemical resin finish that makes the fiber take on a quality similar to that of synthetic fibers."

    I guess I would purchase the smallest amount possible, launder it then decide.
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    I agree with Sushi. I think it is a reference to the print/collection, not to the fiber content, but if you have a specific fabric you're looking at & can provide a link, I'm sure someone could verify that for you.

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    I am just not one to try a new type pf fabric especially when buying online.
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    Why don't you email the seller and ask them directly? Most (reputable) online stores have a "contact us" feature, and I've almost always received a full reply.
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    thanks for the help! The color I had chosen, didn't have the description of a "resin finish", but the one listed here does. I ordered a couple meters regardless as it was on for $5 per meter until midnight Friday night for the black Friday sale (which is a great price in this neck of the woods). We'll see what it's like when I get it. I've never heard of cotton with a resin finish before. http://fabricville.com/en/quilting/q...chocolate.html

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    Resin finishing is often used in "permanent press" cottons including sheets. It is what keeps the cotton from wrinkling so much. I personally don't care for it because of the chemicals (particularly, formaldehyde) usually involved in the bonding process which not only can cause irritation on people with especially sensitive skin, but also weakens the cotton fibers. But I'm super picky & allergic to practically everything.

    Assuming the fabric is otherwise well-made, it should be relatively easy to work with and need less ironing than usual to prepare. Many people use bed sheets for the backs of their quilts, so I don't really see any issue with using this fabric. The only thing I might suggest is to be extra careful if you tear rather than cut your fabric. Other than that, quilt away & be sure to post pictures when you're done.

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    I would say that the fabric is from a line of designer fabrics, since papillon means "butterfly" in French.

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    Papillon cotton may or may not have a finish to it. It is a cotton that doesn't have prints. Much like basic Kona cotton. Micheal Miller has a line.

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    Perhaps if you contact Michael Miller's, they would send you a small swatch

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