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The Anatomy of 100 Percent Cotton Quilting Fabric

If you look at your woven 100 percent cotton quilting fabric with a magnifying glass you will see that there are threads running the length of the fabric parallel to the selvage and threads running crosswise or perpendicular to the selvage. The lengthwise and crosswise threads are woven together to make fabric.

Remember when we were in elementary school and made woven placemats with construction paper. Fabric is woven the same way on a larger scale. Lengthwise and crosswise threads are woven over and under to make fabric.

The majority of cotton fabric is considered a plain weave with the crosswise threads being woven over and under each lengthwise thread. Sometimes we find cotton "sateen" fabric where the crosswise threads are woven over two and under one. Cotton sateen fabric...

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