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Thread: quilt backing?

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    Oct 2008
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    Has anyone used a purchased sheet for your quilt backing, and what is your opinion on this. :?:

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    Super Member Quilt4u's Avatar
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    Yes;butit was hard to quilt by hand.

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    Apr 2008
    Yes here also. I use a prewashed king size sheet (250 thread count) for the backing on a queen size quilt.
    It feels stiffer...not like the soft muslin backing I usually use and is harder to keep on the bed. The muslin backing seems to cling to the bed better. Also, when I hold that particular quilt up you can see light thru the needle holes...it was machine quilted on a long arm machine. If I plan to tie a quilt instead of quilting it I usually back it with a new sheet. Good results also depends on the quality of the sheet and the mix of fibers it contains.

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    Super Member bebe's Avatar
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    Oct 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    not a good idea :( :(

    Using a bed sheet for the backing for a quilt is only good for utility blanket quilts. The weave of the sheet is different than the weave of yardage. Why waste all the time piecing a quilt top and then use the wrong type fabric for the backing that is too thick and too tightly woven.

    Read info on this site

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    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
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    currently central new jersey
    i have been successful with new sheets but only after 2x washing. i bought 200-count cotton on sale at jcpenny - not their best quality to start with - and after washing it was like butter. i lucked out.

    but at joann's they have very wide backing in a limited number of prints and colors. usually $9.99 but if you use the 40 off coupon, well..... that actually feels like printed muslin to me but others think not. i like something tighter than muslin for a quilt that gets used.

    please remember that the thread count only means the number of threads per square inch. NOT THE DIAMETER OF THE THREADS. so you can pay for a high thread count and still get mediocre goods.

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    Junior Member Arizona Sunrises's Avatar
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    Jul 2008
    If I'm using it, I have no problem with a sheet as backing. Machine quilt it or tie it and go on with your day.

    If it's something nice, I'd go with regular fabric.

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    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
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    Jan 2007
    In the middle of a mess...
    I think it's preference. I have used sheets for backings and they are still holding up after about 5 years. We use what we can afford at times. Sometimes we cannot afford fabric for the backing, but using a sheet, fits our budget.

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    All the time.

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    Super Member quiltsRfun's Avatar
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    I think it's a matter of choice. I've used sheets twice. One was hand quilted the other by machine. I had no problems with either. But then, I'm not a quilting perfectionist.

    Machine quilt it or tie it and go on with your day. . . . . If it's something nice, I'd go with regular fabric.
    I agree with Arizona Sunrises.

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