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« on: August 03, 2010 08:53:01 AM »

I'm going to make a quilt with Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks Voile, and I like the look of colourful blocks with white sashing in between.  Do I have to use a voile for the sashing, or will a light weight muslin do?  Or does it matter much since I'll be doing a lot of machine free-motion quilting  - stippling I think it's called? 

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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010 10:00:27 AM »

I've used lightweight muslin in quilting before, and I've found that under regular use it just doesn't hold up quite as well as regular quilting-weight fabric. Look for 100% cotton quilter's broadcloth, and that'd work quite well (moda, for example, offers precut white sashing strips at 2.5".
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010 12:43:35 PM »

Thanks for the reply.  Should I be concerned about using this voile for a quilt then, since it's thin, or is it a sturdier quality than lightweight muslin perhaps? 
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2010 06:53:32 PM »

It should be sturdier than cheap muslin, for sure. What I'd do, were I in your shoes, is look into some plain white 100% cotton broadcloth (Kona is the higher end, but Joann's has some less expensive stuff as well, I just can't remember the name) and compare the weight of that to the weight of the voile. If the voile is much lighter, you might consider picking up some inexpensive lightweight interfacing to back it with, just so that it'll take the quilting well. Make sure to keep us updated on the progress Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2010 04:05:43 AM »

Thanks! I'll post updates!
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