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    Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

    I'm tempted to start this post in the "rants" section, because I feel one coming on, but I will try and contain myself.

    Here is my question: What does your group use on the back side of your quilts that you are going to give to charity? Do you use muslin? Or do you use nice fabric that could be used on the front (especially on borders and sashing)?

    Thanks for your input!

    kd

    #2
    Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

    We use fabric, 100% cotton and if we have large pieces that is great but many times we piece the backs.
    we use any 100%cotton fabric that is donated on both the front and the back.

    if we had muslin then I think we would be using that. (not sure why this would be bad ?? )

    hth,
    Sandy

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      #3
      Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

      My mother-in-law is part of a quilting group through her church. They use sheets for the backing and bring it forward for binding the quilt as well.

      The church relies on donations for their quilting needs so they use what they are given.

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        #4
        Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

        I use muslin, flannel, cotton - whatever I have, usually purchased on sale. I've not once had any of them turned back for not being all quilt shop quality fabrics.

        I often use good quality wide muslin for the back on my personal quilts too. I like the way it washes.
        K is for Karen 😊​..................
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          #5
          Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

          I use what ever I have available. I make a lot of smaller quilts and am able to use regular yardage, but I do use muslin and flannel or even sheets.
          Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love

          Marilyn......
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            #6
            Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

            I have checked into several different charity quilt groups in the area. They have not said anything about a specific type of backing being required. More often it is that the quilts must be machine pieced and quilted for safety issued like not getting something caught in a tie on a quilt.

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              #7
              Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

              We don't use any muslin, but that's just because it's not any of our preference. There's one set of quilts we give each year to those graduating from a children's home we support. That's the only set of quilts we have a rule about. Only high quality quilt shop fabric in those. The rest we use cottons from JoAnn or Hancocks too.
              We all feel we should give quilts that we'd like to have ourselves. We give to people who are ill, auction pieces for benefits, etc.

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                #8
                Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

                Our group uses donated money from military wives groups to buy fabric for all our charity quilts.

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                  #9
                  Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

                  I think as a group, if it is a problem you should talk to her about it if it is something that bothers you. IMO
                  Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love

                  Marilyn......
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                    #10
                    Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

                    Thanks everyone. I was wondering if I was alone in thinking muslin would be fine. When the rest of our top makers get back from their winter retreats, some decisions will need to be made. Good to know what others are doing.

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                      #11
                      Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

                      I use whatever I have. I've used muslin, other fabrics too. Never used a sheet, but I don't have any I'd like to give up, maybe when they're replaced? I dont like sewing with flannel, but if I had extra flannel, and enough of it, I would use it.

                      It's a charity quilt. If they're going to be judgmental, I won't contribute to their charity next time, I will pick another that appreciates the effort. Not everyone can afford to make a $300.00 quilt with expensive fabrics to give away. It's the thought (or at least it should be).
                      "You've never really learned to live until you've done something for someone for which they can never repay you." ~Ralph Hall

                      "Party like a BLOCK-STAR"

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                        #12
                        Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

                        The charity that gives quilts to vets or soldiers has some exacting standards which mean to me that they will not get another quilt from me. I do understand that the quilt is a thank you for their service but it is beyond my means to make quilts for them over and over.
                        I much prefer to make quilts for Project Linus, smaller, more fun and no judgements involved.

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                          #13
                          Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

                          I think I need to find a local Project Linus organization.

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                            #14
                            Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

                            Our little group uses sheets we get from WalMart. But on occasion, muslin too.
                            What do you mean I'm easily distracted..........HEY LOOK......FABRIC!!!!

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                              #15
                              Re: Question for those of you in charity quilting groups . . .

                              I am not involved in a group, but lately the latest "craze" in quilting seems to be making the backs look almost as good as the fronts by using large scraps and adding to that to make the back piece. Whether the large scraps are from the front or not used on the front, they are just sewn together in some order to make a "piece" big enough to be the back. That way, the quilt is reversible and looks great either way and a way to use up scraps and a way to not have to make this decision you are struggling with!
                              Cheri

                              www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com

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