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2/26/10 8:03 A

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When I attended my first beginning quilting class, I was told to use only 100% cotton material. I like cotton, so I had no problem with those instructions. I was probably told not to use polyester threads. I obviously wasn't paying attention 'cause I bought a whole bunch on sale. I haven't used any of them, but I don't like waste. I don't sew except to quilt, so maybe I'll give them away. As for the weight of the thread, whatever spool I grab is fine with me. I don't even match the thread to the color of my material. I'm sure that's probably a no-no. As for hand piecing, I admire the quilters who hand piece. When I began quilting that was my intent, but after hand piecing a couple of nine patches I ran to the machine!

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2/25/10 1:06 P

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I only use good quality 100% cotton. Years ago, I made a trip around the world quilt that I accidently used one piece of cotton-poly blend. It took me a while to realize that I hadn't purchased only cotton. I was a newbie and had purchased only the cheapest fabrics. The blend was squirmy (is that a word?). It didn't cling to the others and it stretched differently. I learned my lesson. Also, I never buy cheap cotton fabric now. The more you work with fabric, the more you notice the feel and appearance differences. There are also shrinkage differences.

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emoticon I do like cotton, although have used other fabrics as applique and I have not tried it out with lighting it. lol

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Nice to know there are other purests out there!!!! I haven't really bothered with threads. I've heard that about strong threads, but I figure I won't be around when it does. Perhaps I should begin being a purest in thread too?!!

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2/24/10 3:23 P

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I always piece with 100% cottons. But often applique with other fabrics, I made my son a 'Bob the Builder' Quilt when he was little and used fleece and polys for the characters. He loved it, it was very cuddley, he still gets it out when ill (at almost 14 years old!)
I also use cotton threads rarely use poly threads, as I too have been told that using poly thread on cotton fabric will eventually cut through the cotton like a saw. I have seen this in old clothes, though not on quilts.

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2/23/10 3:34 P

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Susie - I, too, use the "trial by fire" to confirm the content of fabrics in my stash.
I've never heard of lighting a corner of the fabric, though. And, knowing me, I can see the whole thing going up in flames!!!
If I have more than 2 or 3 to test, I will light a candle. I cut a 1/4 inch strip (about 1 inch long) along the salvege ( I hate wasting even the smallest bit of fabric!), then hold one end to the flame.
Interestingly, I have two pieces of fabric that LOOK exactly the same - but one tests cotton, and one tests poly/cotton!!!
I have even started using this test on thread - if the label has come off the spool. I cut a length, wad it up, and test it in the flame. (I use old tweezers to hold the thread.)

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2/23/10 6:20 A

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I have an Amish made "Trip Around the World" on my bed. It's only about 15 years & I've already had to rebind it, as the poly-cotton frayed beyond repair.

From experience I know that some of the poly cotton quilts will fade quicker if exposed to sunlight.

And then I have a quilt that is over 130 years old and it's just starting to fray now...and I KNOW that has many differnt types of fabrics in it.

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2/23/10 1:11 A

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funny that you would use the word "purist"

6 yrs ago, when I decided to make quilts for 2 grandsons, I did what a lot of "newbie" quilters do: Decided to make scrap quilts - but didn't have many scraps.
So I had to buy fabric. I guess I'd had enough home ec classes under my belt to know about cotton and blends. But, in my quilting "ignorance", I made a conscious decision that I would NOT be a "purist" and would use whatever ... whether 100% cotton or a blend. So I'd buy 10 inches of this, ten inches of that, etc. to build up my "stash". And the blends were cheaper than the cottons. So those two (still unfinished!!!) quilts will be a "combo". If I could make that decision over again, with my current "standards", I would do all cotton.

I have heard, though, that you shouldn't sew together a quilt top with thread that is stronger than your fabrics. For example, that you shouldn't piece cotton patches with poly thread -- because the thread could cut the weaker cotton fibres. Anyone ever had that happen???

I'm surprised to hear that a poly cotton blend would shrink or wear out before a cotton fabric -- for the same reason as the "thread philosophy". Blends tend to retain their colour and their shape longer.

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2/22/10 10:47 P

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I only buy 100% cottons for quilts. I have, on very rare occasions, used a scrap that was a blend in a quilt. I've nearly always been disappointed as they're the first to shrink or wear out...

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2/22/10 2:52 P

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I always buy 100% cotton. I'm new enough to quilting that I don't have a lot of remnants of other fabrics.

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2/22/10 11:52 A

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Yes! 100% cotton and thread all the way!!!

However, since owning a Statler, have learned to appreciate some qualities of other threads, but really try to look at the finally use for the project before I jump to a blend or poly....

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2/22/10 11:35 A

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I only use good quality cotton. However, years ago I did make my daughter a Strawberry Shortcake character quilt from remnants... I didn't care what the fabric content was.. and never found out!!
I would think if one wants to use blends, then keep the blends the same.. that's the important part..

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2/22/10 11:33 A

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I am a "true" quilter like the pioneers of old. I use what is available. I like all different kinds of fabric. Some of the quilts I have made for instance...

1) 3 quilts from fil's flannel shirts
2) daughter's wedding quilt made from fabric leftover from her wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses (turned out beautiful!)
3) graduation quilts with scraps of fabric from clothes I made for the kids when they were young
4)and Yes (gasp!) 13 quilts from double knit fabrics I inherited from my mom. They turned out wonderful and I made them for an African girl's home.

I do use cotton material, most of my stash is that, but I am a bargain hunter and most of it I paid less than $2 a yard.


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2/22/10 11:23 A

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Cotton is my fabric of choice!

Exceptions were the counted cross stitch Army quilt I gave my dad on his 70th birthday.

Then there was the quilt that I helped my boyfriend make, I left him standing in front of the cotton fabric. But what he brought home was poly-cotton and then found out why is was fraying & had a sheen to it, as he stitched it together. The sheen gave it an interesting look, as it didn't always land upward.

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2/22/10 9:14 A

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I use cotton for my quilts too - but I made a memory quilt for my step-mom, my brother and my sister from shirts my dad had worn after he died. It was not the most fun I've ever had making quilts... but each square holds a memory and they all loved them. But when you have a CHOICE..... I choose cotton.

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2/22/10 8:58 A

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Only good quality cotton for me!
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2/22/10 1:04 A

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I like all the fabrics to be the same. I have a scrap quilt I made when I was in my teens. It was pieces of fabric from dresses I had (or my mother had) made so they were various fabrics. It wasn't a great quilt but it held great memories.

I have some scrub uniforms that I had when I weighed a lot more that I'll make a quilt or two from to celebrate my weight loss. I know they are a blend and not "true quilt fabric" but the memories and the achievement they represent are more important. They won't be heirloom quilts but fun ones that are memorable for me. Not a problem.

I have cotton for the ones I am making now and I am learning more and more every quilt I make.

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I think I am a purist when it comes to quilt fabrics. I use high quality 100% cottons bought at independant quilt shops. I love the look and feel of the higher quality fabrics. I also believe I must support these shops so they stay in busines. They are the places that inspire me and the places I've learned to quilt.

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2/21/10 11:17 P

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I use 100% cotton and, I too, prefer the higher quality fabrics. I am so lucky because even though I live in a small town, we have a discount store that carries discontinued lines from the better fabric houses and we have a great fabric store that has some spectacular sales (like right now they have 2 banquet tables of fabrics for $2.00 a yard clearnance). I have recently been learning more about threads. There is always a little more to learn all the time.


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I do prefer good cotton for my quilts, but for art quilts or wall hangings I will use a poly cotton if I need to. I have also used fleece for backings from time to time.

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2/21/10 9:44 P

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Def cotton material; I love a good quality one; Kauffman, Beyer etc. I use a good cotton poly thread for piecing. I hand piece my quilts.

#1 quilt I made was with cotton fabric, poly batting, cotton poly thread, hand pieced, hand quilted. It was for my Mom; quilting was not great; she loved it and I have it now, it is soft and wonderful. It's not my prettiest quilt, but one of my favorites.

I have not tried wool or silk batting, but I understand both are super for hand quilting. I would like to finish up things so I'll send them out for quilting.

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Definitely use only cotton. And after helping with a quilt made from fabrics purchased at a discount store, I only use fabrics purchased by my favorite quilt store. I like the feel of "good" fabrics.

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2/21/10 7:41 P

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ultimate purist here!

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for quilting, I use only cotton, other than for embellishments on art quilts. On those, anything can and does work.

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2/21/10 7:15 P

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I'm a purest now, and never use anything but 100% cotton. But, when I first started quilting 35 years ago (could it possibly be that long?) I started making Hawaian style quilts and used broadcloth that was a polyster/cotton blend. It was inexpensive, came in gorgeous solids, and really held up well to repeated washing as well as wear and tear. In fact, one of the oldest quilts I have, is a white on white I made out of broadcloth. It is 30+ years old and has been used every day of that 30 years, and washed more times than I can remember. The only thing I ever found against it was that it was a little harder to needle when I did the hand quilting.

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For "normal" quilts, I, too, am a purist. But I used a blend in a scrap quilt once because it was from an old maternity dress. Wow! Was THAT a long time ago! The need for a maternity dress, that is: the quilt was made a few years ago. Make that pieced a few years ago: it's one of my UFO's.

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You can test any fabric with a scrap and a match. Light the corner of a small piece fabric. If it leaves ash, it's cotton, if it leaves little balls or doesn't burn well, it's not cotton.

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I only buy 100% cotton - and even that I am selective on where I buy because not all cotton is created equally.

But will note that I get fabric from many places given my husbands family have been in the sewing industry for 50 years. So I will look at what they give me and at times use it if I can - but those tend to be used on my practice quilts.

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Cotton is the best way but not the only way - I don't think 100% cotton should be mixed with blends though.

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Absolutly! 100% cotton is the only fabric for me!



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I'm with you, I learned the hard way by using the wrong fabrics at first. Cotton is the only way to go with quilting. JO

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We just had a workshop where everyone swapped 2.5 inch squares to do a study in value. We have several new folks and I neglected to mention 100% cotton - thinking that EVERYONE knows that! Wrong! We got all sorts fabrics. I guess I am a purest.

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