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Thread: Show Us Your Quilts Using Muslin!

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    I made this lap quilt years ago with muslin and scraps, and cotton batting.Name:  110.JPG
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    This may be a silly question, but don't you all worry that the muslin will wear out and tear up before the other fabrics do?

    Very pretty quilts, all...
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    Fabulous quilts! Muslin comes in a variety of qualities and prices, are these the best muslins? So far the only muslin I have used is the cheapest, to use as foundation for foundation string blocks etc.

    Thanks for starting this thread, I'm enjoying it and will bookmark to keep up ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snooze2978 View Post
    As to the use of muslin, has anyone used permapress muslin in their quilts? Reason I ask, I have a whole bolt of it and just wondered if I could use it for my quilts.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    I don't use muslin except bleached for signature blocks. I may have to rethink my distaste for it after seeing these beautiful quilts!

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    This may be a silly question, but don't you all worry that the muslin will wear out and tear up before the other fabrics do?

    Very pretty quilts, all...

    I have quilts with muslin in them that have held up for decades. And early on, some of that was not really good muslin that I purchase now. Historically, muslin was a basic in many many quilts!
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    Name:  2012-07-15 001 2012-07-15 027.jpg
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    This quilt was partially made by my late sister and finished by me. It's a one of a kind. The only quilt the two of us made together. Has very special meaning to me. The back is pure muslin. It is 8 rows across but this was the clearest picture I could find. It has a home with my daughter now.
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    I used a nice weight, creamy colored muslin from JoAnn's as the background for this quilt. I made it for my Granddaughters wedding in December.
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    I used muslin for the blocks on this quilt - it was our grandson's B'day (11th) gift last year. He uses the quilt all the time - each time we visit I check to see how it's holding up and so far it has great wearability I wouldn't hesitate to use it again in another quilt . . .
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    I am sooooo happy to find that a lot of you use muslin!! I use it a lot because of the cost factor and besides I think it's a nice background for any color or print. I was a little hesitant to disclose my frugal side, but now feel better about my "muslin" laced quilts. Also glad to know about the backing as at the price of fabric now it's really hard to cough up $30 or so for just the backing!
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    Shazeeda, I love the fresh clean look of your quilt -- and the muslin is so perfect in it.

    Jeanne, what a beautiful quilt and so touching that it was made by you and your sister. A family treasure!

    Dhanke, what a gorgeous quilt -- and the quilting is fabulous!

    Katie, love those leaves! That is a design that would probably look wonderful with unbleached muslin.

    ShabbyTabby - the cost of fabric is what often sent me to estate sales. I was so blessed to find those two bolts at a quilter's estate sale for far less than $1 a yard. While I don't know the maker, it is top quality muslin as was everything else she had. Sad she didn't get to use it, but lucky for me! My husband also picked up a hardwood cutting table and that was one of the few things that survived the flood. I thought he was nuts, but I use it all the time.
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    repro and muslin quilt

    Here is one I made before Xmas and Charisma quilted for me
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    So many beautiful examples of quilts using muslin. Thanks to all of you for letting the rest of us take a look.

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    Beautiul quilt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    I asked you darling QBers about using muslin as a backing in this thread and you provided such wonderful advice that I'm hoping you'll share photos of quilts using muslin on the back, as wholecloth and as background. Please share!
    Believe it or not, this thread gave me courage that I do not absolutely have to have colored quilt backing for the new quilt I am making for our grandson (http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t214214.html). As long as I can get enough to finish the top, I will feel blessed.

    I wish I had the muslin I bought for a friend of mine who recently had to break up housekeeping and go to a nursing home. I know her kids and grandkids do not quilt and so it is lying in somebody's attic somewhere. Maybe I should get up the courage to ask for it back, but have been shy to do that. What would you do?

    Now that I remember my own mother's and grandmother's quilts, they all had muslin backs.
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    GramMer, why not call and mention it to them? You might tell them you'd like to use it to make her a lap quilt!
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    WOW what a wonderful thread and beautiful quilts! thanks to all for sharing pics! in my opinion you just can't go wrong with muslin - gives all quilts a homey look/feel for me.

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    Isn't it strange that we hesitate to tell about our 'frugal' sewing only to find out everyone is doing it? I'm drawn to the unbleached muslin just because it looks old and I can use any other colors with it in scrappy quilts. My mother always used sheets for backing in her later years. When she was younger feed sacks were used. As far as I can tell mother never bought any fabric for quilts - everything came from dressmaking scraps. I've been considering dying some muslin using Kool-Aid in a spray bottle like we did at Vacation Bible School a few years back. Think it would work? I know it wouldn't be solid but I'm curious to see what it would look like. Everyone knows Kool-Aid is almost impossible to remove from clothing.
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    MissEva, I don't know about Kool-Aid, but why not? As far as feedsacks go, they were used out of frugality back in the day ... now they are a high-priced trendy piece of cloth!
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    GramMER ... oh I think that muslin will look wonderful the Moda Snow Days pinwheels! Can't wait to see your finish pix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
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    This quilt was partially made by my late sister and finished by me. It's a one of a kind. The only quilt the two of us made together. Has very special meaning to me. The back is pure muslin. It is 8 rows across but this was the clearest picture I could find. It has a home with my daughter now.
    I just love that quilt... it's great! I've been saving old cotton plaids from shirts and your quilt gives me some great idea for them. Are your stars appliqued?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhanke View Post
    I used a nice weight, creamy colored muslin from JoAnn's as the background for this quilt. I made it for my Granddaughters wedding in December.
    Gorgeous quilt!
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