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Thread: What is the downside to Muslin???

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    There is another thread going called "Muslin" and everyone seems to say muslin isn't that great. I asked there what the downside to muslin is and haven't really seen the question answered. So... I thought I would ask in a seperate thread. I use muslin all the time. For those of you that do not, my question is WHY???

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    I love muslin. The quilts I love the best are scrappy and pulled together with muslin.

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    I use muslin all the time for my backing. Maybe it looks boring, but it gets the job done. Some of my eariler quilts that I used the cheaper muslin on have that old wrinkled look after washing, but I like that.

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    muslin is cotton. wash it to control shinkage. Nothing is wrong with muslin.

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    Muslin is great for some things. I usually prefer a more colorful back, but I have used muslin several times.

    Muslin is great for quilting practice. I put a piece of batting between two pieces of cheap muslin and practice different quilting patterns.

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    Muslin comes in different qualities.

    Some is a lot nicer than others.

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    The only down side I have with muslin is that is shrinks more than regular cotton, especially Kona muslin from Jo-anns. I just wash in hot water, dry and iron (press). I use it in quilt blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    The only down side I have with muslin is that is shrinks more than regular cotton, especially Kona muslin from Jo-anns. I just wash in hot water, dry and iron (press). I use it in quilt blocks.
    I bought a whole bolt and washed it in hot water, pressed iit and folded it. I use it for backgrounds, backs, lattice, or whatever strikes my fancy. I've not ever had a problem with it. That's why I started this thread, because it seems there are so many people that frown on it. I just wanted to know why. Thanks for all your feedback.

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    The quality of muslin I have found around my area is not good. That is the only reason I don't use it. It is just too thin. If it was better quality I would definitely buy it.

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    I use it alot too. I just but the better muslim, some of it is prett see through, so I wouldnt want it for a quilt!

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    Thank You for starting this thread :thumbup:

    I have never used muslin, and I guess it was because years ago it wasn't the thing to do and maybe the quality wasn't great :roll: I have no good reason not to have tried it , but now I do have good reasons to try it..... THANKS :thumbup:

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    thanks for starting this thread

    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    The only down side I have with muslin is that is shrinks more than regular cotton, especially Kona muslin from Jo-anns. I just wash in hot water, dry and iron (press). I use it in quilt blocks.
    I bought a whole bolt and washed it in hot water, pressed iit and folded it. I use it for backgrounds, backs, lattice, or whatever strikes my fancy. I've not ever had a problem with it. That's why I started this thread, because it seems there are so many people that frown on it. I just wanted to know why. Thanks for all your feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    The only down side I have with muslin is that is shrinks more than regular cotton, especially Kona muslin from Jo-anns. I just wash in hot water, dry and iron (press). I use it in quilt blocks.
    I bought a whole bolt and washed it in hot water, pressed iit and folded it. I use it for backgrounds, backs, lattice, or whatever strikes my fancy. I've not ever had a problem with it. That's why I started this thread, because it seems there are so many people that frown on it. I just wanted to know why. Thanks for all your feedback.
    I don't frown on it, I just haven't seen any nice muslin around my area.

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    I like it. Especially if I am a little short on a fabric for a project. Sometimes i can sub it in as lining or backing and it's great for practicing.

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    The muslin we can get here is more like cardboard - very stiff and not quilt friendly at all. I use Kona natural cotton for my muslin look. I get it from Hancocks of Paducah by the bolt, and it handles just like any of their other Kona cotton, but has the slightly slubby look of muslin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    ... I started this thread, because it seems there are so many people that frown on it. I just wanted to know why. ...
    because opinions are like elbows. most people have at least two. :lol:

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    Muslin is a "plain-woven cotton fabric made in various weights. The better qualities of muslin are fine and smooth in texture and are woven from evenly spun warps and wefts, or fillings. They are given a soft finish, bleached or piece-dyed, and are sometimes patterned in the loom or printed. The coarser varieties are often of irregular yarns and textures, bleached, unbleached, or piece-dyed and are generally finished by the application of sizing. Grades of muslin are known by such names as book, mull, swiss, and sheeting." Encyclopedia Britannica

    When people say muslin I think of 'cheap' fabric where the quality is poor to match the price and it usually is unbleached cotton. It's a fabric I use when I am making a dress out of really expensive fabric so I first make it in muslin to test the pattern to make sure of any alterations I need to make before cutting into expensive fabric.
    BUT is seems according to the Encyclopedia Britannica it could be any plain woven cotton fabric I guess that means most if not all of the 'cotton' fabric we use for quilting is considered muslin. Just that some are in better grades than others.

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    I think it's the same as what we call 'calico' here?? I use it heaps as backgrounds and backings for small quilts and wallhangings. It comes in varying shades of cream and I usually buy it by the bolt as I also do calico dolls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    ... I started this thread, because it seems there are so many people that frown on it. I just wanted to know why. ...
    because opinions are like elbows. most people have at least two. :lol:
    Gotta love ya Patrice, gotta love ya!!! :lol: :lol:

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    I read a post on here a few months back and they said that muslin in their country was more like what we'd call cheesecloth here. It may be just a matter of where people live as to whether or not they like muslin. I use it all the time --- especially if I want my quilt to look old or if I'm restoring a quilt.

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    I like to use muslin. Especially nice if you want the look with your 30's fabric of a 30's style quilt. You do need to be sure your are buying good quality muslin. Using muslin on your back is a terrific way to have your quilting shown off, so quilt good!!!

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    I don't mind the good muslin. But I do not like the cheap stuff. It feels like cheesecloth to me, wrinkles too much, and shrinks too much. Mostly I just like pretty prints better. I plan to start using it more now that the fabric prices have gone up so much. It will help me stretch my stash a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiecesinMn
    I like to use muslin. Especially nice if you want the look with your 30's fabric of a 30's style quilt. You do need to be sure your are buying good quality muslin. Using muslin on your back is a terrific way to have your quilting shown off, so quilt good!!!
    I love muslin; have used in 30s quilts and also in small (6"square) 9-patches.
    Bleached or unbleached - I agree with the above - buy top quality - there's one called Quilter's Muslin that's good.

    Would not use as my back unless someone else was doing the quilting - mine is definitely not good enough to show off.

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    I am using muslin for my cathedral windows.

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    I bought some mid range muslin and have really enjoyed it for backings. It is very soft and compliments my love of replicating antique quilts.

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