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« on: September 01, 2008 05:31:07 PM »

i purchased some very nice looking fabrics at a thift shop today. one is 55% cotton and 45% poly the other is 70% poly and 30% cotton. what quilting projects would they be good for? can i use these in the same project (they do match)?  i have quite a bit of this fabric so i can make something quite large so any ideas would be apreciated. oh and there is a light, med, and dark Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2008 03:51:05 PM »

Use it for whatever you want!   Polyester blends tend to ravel more, so you may want to avoid small pieces, and use a slightly wider seam allowance. 

For my own quilts, I only use 100% cotton.  I prefer the way it feels/handles, etc.  But it is your fabric, your quilt. Do what you want.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2008 06:34:45 PM »

do you think they would be good for say a quilted sleeping bag or makeup bags? dont they clean up easier if they stain? i think these would make an awsome gift for a young girl, im just not sure what to do with this type of fabric.

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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2008 12:50:07 PM »

Whole cloth quilting projects would probably be best - like the sleeping bag or make-up bag.  Polyester ravels, so intricate piecing isn't a good idea.  Market/grocery bags are another idea.  There are some terrific bags and tutorials on Craftster. One of my favorites is the grocery bag tutorial by Queen of DIY: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.msg1837265#msg1837265.

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