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Thread: Question About Quilt Backing

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    Senior Member stitchengramie's Avatar
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    Question About Quilt Backing

    Is quilt backing the same as regular 100% cotton fabric? Can it be used for piecing or is it just for backing a quilt only?
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    Super Member quilterella's Avatar
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    As long as it says 100% cotton, it is the same. I often buy quilt backing(extra wide 108") when it is on sale because you get more bang for your your buck. I will buy the 108" tone on tone backing and use it for piecing or applique. So yes you can use the quilt backing for piecing.
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    Super Member 117becca's Avatar
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    i like the 108 stuff because it eliminates the seam!
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
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    I think it depends. Some of the wide backings I've looked at were much thinner than the cottons I like to use (and so I didn't buy them). Many of them are the same, however. I guess backing fabrics differ as much as any cotton fabrics do - some thicker, some thinner.

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    Super Member hopetoquilt's Avatar
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    Muslin is often used for a wide backing and it is not as nice/thick/strong as a cotton quilting fabric. It is labeled as muslin so just be careful with that.

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    Muslin is often used for a wide backing and it is not as nice/thick/strong as a cotton quilting fabric. It is labeled as muslin so just be careful with that.
    there are a vast range of muslins- some are wonderful- and just as good as any quilting fabric you can buy-and make fabulous quilts - others are thin used mostly for foundations or other craft applications-most places that sell muslins have a variety to choose from and they will say- lightweight, medium or heavy-- you can also just open them up & check them out- they are just as good in a quilt top as in a backing-
    there are as many different fabrics (catagorized) as backings as there are other fabrics-
    i often purchase an extra yard of wide backing- just so i have a piece 36" x 108" to use in another project.
    i love the wide batiks!
    you can use backing fabric for the top if you want
    you can also use regular yardage and piece your backings.
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