sheets

Hi gang, I was just cleaning out the closet with sheets and throwing away
some newer sheets that I no longer have bed for them to fit. I have heard
that you can't use sheets for the back of quilts but I have never heard why.
Can you use them for quilts that are to be used for wall hangings? Just
wondering Diane
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Diane Carter
Diane, good sheets are usually percale and are usually very tightly woven (high thread count). That makes them more difficult (some nearly impossible) to hand-quilt than are typical quilting fabrics. Some are even difficult to tie. I've never machine quilted. They might be OK for that. -- Ruth in Happy Camp
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Ruth in Happy Camp
And if you have pieces of sheets leftover, they are just great for the base for string-piecing , crazy quilt blocks, and I even use them for paper piecing. With the paper piecing, I don't tear away, I just leave it in. Oh my yes, it is hard to hand quilt but mq is just fine. Polly
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Polly Esther
I have used sheets for backing and have machine quilted with no problems at all
-- Jules
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jules
Tho difficult - not impossible - just get a monster needle and brightly colored floss-type thread and quilt away. NEVER throw a sheet away unless it needs mending. Then, get rid of it as fast as you can before the burden becomes too great and you try to mend it.
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Musicmaker
Ooops, Shelly. Sorry. I didn't explain that very well did I? I mean I use leftover pieces of sheets *instead of* paper. I'm afraid too many Labor Day miles has affected my brain. Polly
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Polly Esther
No reason why you can't use them for machine quilting. I've done it frequently (although I would eschew poly-cotton, nasty stuff, don't sleep on it either). Good and often cheaper source of extra-wide backing! Sheets aren't easy to hand quilt though. Roberta in D
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Roberta Zollner
I never thought of using sheets. I'll have to go down to dh's rag drawer and take back all my old sheets to cut up for paper piecing as I just hate sewing through paper!! and I hate tearing it all off, such a waste of my time! I think you know by now that I'm not a big fan of paper piecing! LOL but I do like the perfect blocks you get from using this method :)
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Dianne
lol I know that some people do leave the paper in their paper pieced tops. I prefer to take the paper off. Shelly
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Shelly
The folks on the 'Professional Longarm Quilter's" group at Groups.Yahoo.com don't seem to like for customers to bring sheets as backing. Seems to cause them stitch quality problems and thread breakage because of the higher density of the fabric.
This is a recurring thread over there.
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rjwhite6
Hi Diane.
I have used 100% cotton flannel sheets for backing, hand quilted one and MQ'd the other. I bought them all at thrift stores, so, although they were all in good shape with no holes, they were "broken in", softened by washing but still strong. They turned out great!
I agree about the poly blends, nasty stuff!
Smee
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Smee

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