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Old 02-12-2013, 06:02 AM
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I see a lot of quilts that use white fabric as the background. Solid white fabric is hard to find, what are the pros and cons of using muslin in a quilt? Fabric.com has Kona Premium Muslin Bleached White 44" wide for $4.98 a yard, would this be quilt quality fabric?
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:09 AM
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NormaBeth, they Do have bleached muslin that is white. It is usually a thinner weave than most regular quilting fabrics. I think my Joanns has different weights of muslin. Don't quote me on that. I DO know that Kona is a MUCH heftier weight. I used a Kona in an aqua in a quilt a few years ago. It was QUITE a bit heavier than the other fabrics in the quilt. I would think that the Kona muslin would be good. Kona has a wonderful hand!
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Muslin can be used in quilts as long as it is good quality. Kaufman Kona is a good brand, and the Premium is especially nice. You might be shocked at how white the bleached white is, though. Snow is a softer off-white that is very nice. Be aware that fabrics labeled Kona are not necessarily Kaufman Kona. I always look for the Kaufman name in the fabric description.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:18 PM
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I love using a "good" muslin, it is a good feel, soft, cotton when washed. I use the "snow" alot for applique and embroidery, for my background fabric. Either is a good choice.
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I didn't know the Kaufman Kona was The kona cotton.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Barb_MO View Post
I didn't know the Kaufman Kona was The kona cotton.
There is fabric that is sold simply as Kona. It is not the same as Kaufman Kona. Also, there is a fabric manufacturer called Kona Bay; this also is not the same as Kaufman Kona. For me, Kaufman is THE Kona fabric to buy!
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If you want white you might get Kaufman Kona snow. It is not stark white but looks white. Kaufman Kona is a little heavier in weight and you might or might not like that to work with. The result is great. Most muslin will not have the quality and will be thin and wear through.
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I love Kona snow for backgrounds in 1930's repro quilts. I use it all the time.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:24 PM
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Kaufman Kona bleached white Muslin is fantastic to use in a quilt... I buy this by the bolt to have on hand when I need or want to use white fabric as a background in my quilts. It is one of the few fabrics that really does match from bolt to bolt in case you run out and need to purchase another piece.

I just checked fabric.com and the $4.98 Premium Kona Bleached Muslin is made by Kaufman so it is quality fabric.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:30 PM
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I use muslin a lot. There are several companies that make a good muslin Kaufman Kona, Moda Bella, Roc Lon. I would suggest that you use one that has no less than 60 threads in a square inch. Roc Lon makes a muslin that is 70 threads per square inch that I prefer when I hand quilt. I can get more stitches per inch with that muslin. Unfortunately, the manufacturers don't put the thread count on the bolt but you can research on line. Kaufman Kona and Moda Bellas have a 60 threadcount. Joann fabrics carries Roc Lon, but it does NOT have a 70 thread count. I don't think it is even 60. I buy my Roc Lon on line.
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