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Old 05-09-2013, 07:57 AM
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I am always asking for help. Thanks to all of you that are so willing to share your knowledge. I ordered some bleached muslin from Joann's. It was one of the most expensive (though none of them cost that much) ones. I want to try a wholecloth. It is sooo thin. I would like to know if it will be ok to use for a wholecloth before I spend hours marking it. Thanks.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:18 AM
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Hmmmm, maybe for the backing but probably not for the front. someone who knows more will help you figure out what to use for the front.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:29 AM
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I've looked at all the muslins at Joann's and was amazed at how thin they were. My friend bought me some so I could back a quilt her father made years ago. Like nativetexan said, I think it's okay for the back of a quilt, but not for the front, or anything you want to look at very often.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:48 AM
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I wouldn't. I would be concerned about the batting showing through, especially if you're using something with nubs, such as Warm & Natural. I think for a wholecloth I'd pick out some Kaufman Kona or Moda Bella, they come in a range of solid colors and are of good quality and thickness.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:54 AM
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Moda makes a good muslin. I like Moda Bella too.

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I agree - use it on the back of the quilt, but find something nicer for the front. If you're going to spend the time quilting a wholecloth, then use the best you can afford.

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A lot of times if you prewash muslin, it will shrink and the weave will tighten up a lot. I don't normally prewash but, with a muslin like this, I would try washing a piece first to see how it turns out (before washing the whole piece). My bet is it will be fine after washing. (For a whole cloth quilt, though, I'd probably want to use a Moda or Kaufman Kona muslin. Be aware that not all Kona muslins are Kaufman Kona. Kaufman Kona is the good one.)
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:50 PM
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Roc Lon Muslin is a very good muslin with a 70 +/- thread count. Joann carries Roc Lon, but their muslin is not the 70 thread count -- I think it may be considerably less than 60 which is why it costs less there. You can find Roc Lon on line. However, I agree with the other ladies that Kaufman Kona, Moda Bella are great cottons for wholecloth. They are both 60 count and your should get some nice hand stitches on them. I just bought a Michael Miller solid for a crib wholecloth that I love the sheen. I haven't hand quilted on it yet as I'm still designing the quilt. A number of the British and Welsh wholecloths are made with cotton sateen. I haven't quilted on it but my research tells me that if you want your stitching to show, that's the fabric to use. Of course, it's more costly than Kaufman or Moda. I have some cotton sateen that I plan to make another crib quilt. If I like it, I may use it for a king wholecloth. If I'm going to put that much work into it, I want it to look the best I can make it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:54 PM
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I forgot to mention Oakshott fabric. I wasn't familiar with it until I read Barbara Chainey's blog. She's a British quilter and says this is all she uses. I googled Oakshott and it appears you can find it in the US. Again, it's pricier than Kaufman, Moda and Michael Miller.
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I've used Joanne 120" wide 200 ct muslin for the back of quilt and painting. They've been fine.

For a whole cloth, that's a LOT OF WORK, I'd be sure every step is as good as I can do.
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