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Thread: Quilt backing - cotton/poly flat sheet or pieced cotton

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    Quilt backing - cotton/poly flat sheet or pieced cotton

    After getting a sticker shock for wide/backing fabric at Joanns I went to Walmart and bought flat sheets for $5. They are 60% cotton and 40% polyester. Can I use it for backing? I have a receipt, I can always take them back. At Walmart I also found fabric clearance bin and bought total of 7 yds of different cotton fabric for $1/yard or $2/yard which would have to be pieced to make the backing. Cotton/poly sheet or pieced backing?
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    try it & see how you like it- there will be people who will tell you NEVER use a sheet for backing- then there will be some who will tell you they do it all the time-
    some people will NEVER use a polyester- or a poly blend- again- others will tell you they do it all the time
    i can tell you- (sometimes) using a sheet makes it a bit more difficult to quilt- the weave is tighter than the quilting cottons we often use-
    polyester wears well- it also does not soften up like cottons do- a 100% cotton will soften with each wash --- polyester will pretty much stay exactly like it is- so it's not as *snuggly*
    but really- if you like the fabric- the color is right- and you want to give it a try- do so- it is your project & everyone has the right to use what they like/can afford/works for them
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    IMHO only....would stick with all cotton. The poly/cotton sheet MAY be so slick it will slide off the bed....
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    I only use cotton poly sheets on my beds since they don't wrinkle, are easier to make the bed with and always look neat. I have never regretted sleeping under them. I can't imagine that they won't make a good backing for a quilt that goes on top of them on my bed.

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    My sister has made dozens of quilts using sheets as backings. I wouldn't hesitate one minute trying one out. her quilts are utility quilts, and they wear well. My whole family has them.

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    I have used those same Walmart sheets many times..actually whenever I can to help wiht the budget..I have never had a bit if trouble with them. THe quilts went to young grandchildren, and are washed frequently and are holding up very well! Actually my DIL bought the same sheets for the boys beds so it matches

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    I use sheets all the time on the backs of my quilts. They machine quilt easily, wash and dry well and do not slide off the bed! Most of the quilts I make are for kids or are college bound and are washed frequently. A sheet would probably not be my back of choice for an embroidered hand quilted heirloom but it is great for a scrappy disappearing nine patch. Backings need to be chosen with the recipient and use in mind. Sheets are economical and may be perfect for you.
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    I have made a lot of quilts with sheets on the back. An they are still going strong. Try it see if you like it. joyce j

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    I have used a poly/cotton on the back of a quilt. It works well if you are machine quilting. If you are hand quilting, it will be difficult to needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I have used a poly/cotton on the back of a quilt. It works well if you are machine quilting. If you are hand quilting, it will be difficult to needle.
    The Walmart ones she mentioned worked great for me and were not hard to hand needle (probably lower thread count) I would think the more expensive ones with higher thread count might be more difficult..

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    I use sheets all the time. I buy flat sheets at thrift stores too. The vintage ones have a great feel and are usually a blend and wear well. I would say try one and see how you like sewing and quilting with it and how well you like it finished.

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    I love piecing the back of a quilt from multiple fabrics, inserting a strip of patchwork between different fabric pieces or using one or two blocks that didn't get used on the top. it is a chance to make a composition/ design that relates to the quilt top.

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    When we took our longarm training the trainer recommended not using sheets for backing because of possible high thread counts. So as a longarmer I prefer clients not use sheets as backing. If you are doing your own quilting remember there aren't really any quilt police. I use all cotton on my own quilts as I find polyester too hot. I'm going to try the diagonal backing method to save on fabric in my next quilt if I am not using wide backing.
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