Tips and Techniques Tuesday – 6/19/12

Have you ever wondered why quilters prefer cotton to blends? Choosing the correct type of fabric can affect the success of your piecing and the durability of your quilt. Quilters prefer 100% cotton over polyester. Here are some reasons why:

  • Cotton can retain its pressed form, giving a sharp crispness to a pressed seam or an appliquéd edge.
  • Distortion is minimal when only 100% cottons are used in patchwork.
  • Sewing cottons and polyester blends together can result in mismatched seams with puffy seam allowances.
  • Cotton is more opaque than polyester, which reduces the problem of seam allowances showing through the quilt’s top layer.
  • Batting bearding is less prevalent in 100% cottons than in blends.
  • Cotton is easy to quilt.
  • Cotton sticks to itself and prevents slipping when you are piecing small pieces together.
  • Cottons will tear on-grain, making it possible to find the true crosswise grain so that straightening is accurate.

This information is from  Harriet Hargrave & Carrie Hargrave’s Quilter’s Academy Vol. 2 – Sophomore Year, p. 16.

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