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Patrick_Craftrick
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2008 01:19:09 PM »

The thing about sheets is that some of them are tightly woven and can cause your needle to skip stitches.  This is one time when a low thread count is a good thing.

With that said, I have no problem using sheets as backing material.  I go to Goodwill when I need sheets for things like that or for other crafting projects in general.    They are cheep, well washed, and come in all sorts of variety. 

Plus, by buying secondhand you are recycling and supporting a good cause.  You can even use old blankets as batting if they are the right thickness. 
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Colorado Deb
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2008 08:19:57 AM »

as for cheap batting......  I have used mattress pads as batting before.  Cheap to get, hold together well and are perfect for a knock around kid quilt that will be washed a bazillion times.  But mine are not heirloom, show off my ability quilts either, just a bit of love to wrap up in quilts. 
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Linnybelle
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2008 07:47:38 PM »

I used a sheet for the backing of my flamingo quilt, of which I cannot find a picture of the back, and tied it with embroidery floss and it's working out great.  I've had a few little rips in the back of the quilt, where the tie meets the sheet, but they aren't serious and haven't caused any problems.

As for the quilt books, I think they all recomand not using sheets because of the weave of the material. I think it's considered too tight.  I like using sheets though because I'm picky about having a distinct top and bottom and the sheet seam on the top makes it easy to find.   
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cmoore
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2008 10:28:38 PM »

Sheets are okay provided you prewash and aren't hand quilting with the hope of getting a perfect 12 stitches per inch. The high thread count just makes it harder to quilt.
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Sharyn62
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2008 10:35:36 PM »

It depends on the quilt and/or it's intended use. I have used sheets (from charity shops) many times when making charity quilts, rugs for  pets or things which will be dragged about,  used and loved to death.

I guess it depends nthe quality and cost put into the top which decides whether I will use a sheet on the back.

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Prickly Venus
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2008 09:26:44 AM »

for a tied quilt, it is no problem and probably better to use a sheet.
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Lotte
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2008 04:49:01 PM »

I have used sheets in the past as backing.  Cheaper quality sheets tend to be thinner and easier to quilt...  however they don't wear as well and bobble.

As a backing for quick quilts that I have made for the kids they are fine though
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aspenwall
« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2008 11:32:57 AM »

All the quilts I have made (for myself) have been used with sheets as the backing, I don't use new sheets, I use some that I'm tired of...so I don't have to worry about pre-washing them a million times.  You can get flat sheets on sale pretty cheap at a number of places, don't forget Ross and TJ Max.  I don't know about the machine thing because I only really hand quilt (I don't know how to do it on the machine so I only do my peicing on the machine).  Sometimes when I have extra sheet fabric I use it for the sashing etc and it's always turned out fine.  I've never had a needle issue.

BTW yours turned out great!!
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