I'm very much a 'do it right or don't do it at all' PITA type of person and the thought of not using proper cotton for a backing would normally horrify me, but the quilt top I'm making at the moment is made from samples of furnishing fabrics, not patchwork cotton, so I'm wondering if that would give me a little leeway in my choice of backing fabric. Also I have said fabric in my stash and I don't know what else to do wtih it. What do you reckon, crafters, will it make any difference?
Thank you, Bertha . After all that I can't find the bloody stuff - I must have given it away when I was having a clear out. Is that not typical. I've got some sheets that my friend gave me so looks like it'll be cotton after all
LatteLady is right -- polyester and cotton shrink differently, so I wouldn't mix them, unless what you're making isn't going to be laundered (ever). Personally, I try to keep the top, backing and thread 100% cotton, just to make sure they "play well together".
I have read a few opinions on using flat sheets as backings, but in general the posters urged not to, as the thread count is often either lower or the fabric was not as fine as quilting cotton, making the actual quilting difficult. I guess that would not be so much of an issue if you are machine-quilting your project.
There is a Yahoo! group called Stashbusters which is HUGE (over 5000 members) and they have taught me so much in the 7 years I have been a member there. Very helpful, very supportive.
@ NeedsAGreen I got into a right pickle quilting the last quilt I made - now I know why. Poly/cotton sheet for the backing and tight weave cotton on top with bamboo in between. I ended up doing it by hand.
I don't think the batting really matters; they generally write on the packaging how much it shrinks. So far, I've quilted Quilter's Dream poly as well as cotton, and both were fine. And then there are the quilts I did using batting I scored at a remnant place that sold the stuff for €3/meter. Those are fine too. Just that poly is known for "bearding", i.e. the fibres come through the top, but I really haven't had that problem yet.
How did the bamboo quilt? I haven't tried it yet, but it does sound intriguing. Is it warmer than cotton?