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Thread: What do you use muslin for?

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    With a little less than a year of experience, I was wondering why one would purchase an entire bolt of muslin. :oops: It is so much more affordable than cotton fabric, (now that is confusing, it says 100% cotton and it is obviously fabric) I would love to know where I could use it in place of the more expensive cotton fabric, but with my lack of experience I was hoping you would enlighten me, please?

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    As a beginner, I use it to practice on, since it is less expensive. It also has a nice, natural look that works well in some quilts. People used to wear it...

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    I have used it to practice free hand embroidery, backing for some quilts when the back doesn't really matters, like one I made to cover the couch and was tucked in the sides, etc. I even used it for a very nice quilt when I wanted to used a cream fabric but very muted not to take the attention away from the focua fabric. I used some for the back of placemats that were washed every other day. It is great for machine embroidery when the whole area is covered with the design. At this rate I think I am on my second bolt.

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    I use it to practice machine quilting, for foundations for crazy quilts and I'm doing a catherdal window.

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    I use a lot, I use it on the back of all my quilts, and also for a lot of the backgrounds. It hand quilts beautifully and gives your quilts an old fashioned look that I love.

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    I use it for backing on quilts. Also making doll bodies.

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    I use it for the backings of most of my quilts. Also for background on the tops. Currently using muslin for the jewel box quilt I'm making for my mom and for my Dear Jane quilt.

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    Thank for sharing, I had thought about using it for an affordable backing, but had been informed by the quilt police at the lqs that this was just not done! I never thought about it for the Dear Jane or Cathedral Windows, that would be great. After posting this last night I was hopping about the 'net and found this awesome Lecien quilt with muslin alternating four patches and it is so classic looking: http://www.homespunhearth.com/Confet...-Quilt-Kit.asp

    Appreciate the advice. :-)

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    I use it for quilting practice. I'm currently in the initial design phase of a whole cloth quilt, which I will definitely use muslin for the back and may use it for the front. But I think it's important to prewash muslin, if used in a quilt, since it tends to shrink quite a bit.

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    You could use it for cutting out fat quarters & testing out "tie-dying" fabrics to turn out different batik effects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals
    But I think it's important to prewash muslin, if used in a quilt, since it tends to shrink quite a bit.
    There are various grades of muslin, Sometimes one washing is just not enough to get the shrinking out of its system.

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    It's great for crayon quilts and as a neutral base for applique.

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    I used to use muslin a lot but now prefer tone on tone. But is you are usig muslin besure and get a good quality. There are definitely different grades of muslin. Marge

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    I once used several bolts to make floor to ceiling curtains for my screened in porch. I had VERY nosy crabby neighbors who had nothing better than to do than constantly spy on me (with binoculars, even!). I used the muslin because it was cheap. Anytime I was out on the back porch I could pull the curtains for privacy.
    The crabby neighbors finally moved (we lived next to each other for 15 years) and the "curtain" became a couch cover to protect my upholstery from my 2 year old.
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    I like to use it for quilting backing; stitch out a new embroidery design; use to embroidery labels; and use it in the quilt top if I want a really old fashioned look....and I'm sure there's something I'm forgetting :lol: :lol:


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    well, now that you have asked....I just bought three bolts!
    I will use it for everything.
    I will back my kids and grandbaby quilts with coordinating fabrics, but will back my own with this, as I am planning on doing some of mine, as summer quilts.
    I will use it for table runner backings, wall hanging backings, topper backings, line tote bags with it. I think I will even do a country looking quilt and put some on the front. Maybe some hand embroidery.
    I will wash and dry several times first though! :D

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    I don't think your LQS know what they are talking about.
    Quote Originally Posted by Maribeth
    Thank for sharing, I had thought about using it for an affordable backing, but had been informed by the quilt police at the lqs that this was just not done! I never thought about it for the Dear Jane or Cathedral Windows, that would be great. After posting this last night I was hopping about the 'net and found this awesome Lecien quilt with muslin alternating four patches and it is so classic looking: http://www.homespunhearth.com/Confet...-Quilt-Kit.asp

    Appreciate the advice. :-)

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    I use Muslin for background material for scrap quilts and backings on some of my wall hangings and table runners. It's easy to work with and inexpensive.

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    I use it for strip piecing leaders and enders. A good quality muslin is as nice as any quilt shop fabric. I hate rough, thin, crisp, cheap muslin! Why even make something so hideous?

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    Long ago in a far away land....it was not uncommon to use muslin to accent the blocks as the attached pics show. This is a Sampler Quilt I made over 20 yrs ago (yep, I'm slow, that's another story for another time) that I am hand quilting. Using the muslin was "recommended" by the ladies at the lqs - funny how time changes - LOL. The quilt guild I was in (early 80's) made blocks each month and had a drawing to see which member would recieve that monthly block, I made an extra block for myself and made a Sampler Quilt (that's part of the story)

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    I use it for the backing of probably at least half of my quilts. It is easier to hand quilt through and it was almost always used as backing years ago. I use it as a neutral for some quilts and I print my labels for my quilts on it.Quilt police were trying to get you to buy more expensive fabric.

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    I use it for backing on quilts a lot. I like that I can get bigger widths and I don't have to piece. Plus if the front is very busy, it gives it a clean look on the back. The quilt I am making now, I actually used muslin for the back and it makes it look sharp. Backing for Table Runners too!

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    I like to use a good quality of muslin for my redwork. I prefer the soft color of the muslin compared to a bright white. Also a cheaper grade of muslin, washed and dried is great for backing string quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkypig
    Long ago in a far away land....it was not uncommon to use muslin to accent the blocks as the attached pics show. This is a Sampler Quilt I made over 20 yrs ago (yep, I'm slow, that's another story for another time) that I am hand quilting. Using the muslin was "recommended" by the ladies at the lqs - funny how time changes - LOL. The quilt guild I was in (early 80's) made blocks each month and had a drawing to see which member would recieve that monthly block, I made an extra block for myself and made a Sampler Quilt (that's part of the story)
    Your quilt is just AWESOME!!!

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    I'm wondering where you're buying the bolts, and what name brand you prefer. Joann's had one recently for $20 (I think). I have purchased some for practice that was 100% cotton. I washed it and it seemed OK.
    JCL and quiltncrazy where are you in FL? I'm on the SE coast, 1 hour north of the Palm Beach Airport.
    Mary Ellen

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