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    Thrift Store Find

    I just picked this up for $3 and it has 26 layers on the bolt. I figure about 8 yds? of really nice muslin (not the thin stuff you can buy now) Other than a lot of backs for runners, what would you make with it?
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    I use muslin as a backgound fabric in quilt squares... it gives a more antique look to a quilt. Quilting shows up wonderfully on muslin. Use for backing of quilts not just runners... when its used as a backing on a quilt.. the muslin side resembles a whole cloth quilt.
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    Wow! That was a find. You can use it for for anything you want to. You can back a quilt, use it for Cathedral Windows, Double Wedding Ring, and place at all where you need that color. How wide is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I use muslin as a backgound fabric in quilt squares... it gives a more antique look to a quilt. Quilting shows up wonderfully on muslin. Use for backing of quilts not just runners... when its used as a backing on a quilt.. the muslin side resembles a whole cloth quilt.
    i agree with all of this
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    You may have more like 13 yards if it's a normal bolt. Either way, it's a great buy.

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    ANYTHING !!..
    1930's patterns
    foundation for string piecing
    Backing
    sashing
    blocks...

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    Wow, bless your heart, what a great find! I agree with the 13 yards and immediately thought of the Cathedral Windows. Enjoy!!

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    I agree with the many uses listed above. |What a great find and do you see on the label "Made in Canada"....I bet not anymore.
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    good buy muslin very handy for lots of things!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I use muslin as a backgound fabric in quilt squares... it gives a more antique look to a quilt. Quilting shows up wonderfully on muslin. Use for backing of quilts not just runners... when its used as a backing on a quilt.. the muslin side resembles a whole cloth quilt.
    My thoughts to!!

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    If it's 26 layers on the bolt that makes it app 13 yards. figure 2 rounds on the bolt per yard - you made a wonderful find.

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    Great find!!!! I would use it for piecing blocks and making quilt backings.
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    You picked it up for $3!!! in Canada!!! wow. Lucky you. Lots of uses as the quilters are saying.

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    I also like it for background fabrics in quilts. I agree with Lori S.

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    I wonder how it it would take dye?
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    ​13 yds? Even better deal than I thought, Woopee!

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    I love working with good muslin, so soft.

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    What a great buy! I often use muslin as sashings in my scrappy quilts. The quilting shows up really good on the muslin (both machine quilting and hand quilting). I'm envious of you!

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    Great find! You can always use muslin. The roughly figure yardage, 2 wraps around a bolt is 1 yard. Hope that helps.

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    Here in Australia that is called unbleached calico not muslin. It looks great in a quilt with browns

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    wow, our thrift stores never have any useful quilting fabric. I sometimes think that it dissappears at the sorting facility. What thrift store did you find this at?

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    ​I have found sewing scraps before but never fabric on a bolt. It was from the St. Vincent that rarely has sewing things.

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    I agree with all of this and I also backed embroidery so the tread won't show thru...What a lucky find!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    I bought my bolt of muslin to do Cathedral Windows but haven't started yet
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    Lucky you! I agree with all the ideas mentioned. You can never have enough muslin.
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