Please take a look at this quilt that uses a vintage bedsheet for the backing. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanourra/3701288889/
I like this quilt backing so much that it inspires me to want to use a vintage sheet for a quilt back. Since I don't own any vintage sheets, I've been perusing thrift stores in hopes that I will find one as beautiful as this one. Today, I found and purchased a lovely slightly used, but not quite vintage, 100% cotton queensize top sheet. So, I'm satisfied for now.
But, should I use it as a quilt back?
I've read that sheets can feel so much softer than quilt fabric, which is a pro
. However, I've also read that due to the higher thread count in bedsheets, the quilting needles will pierce and break the threads which will leave holes in the sheet fabric compromising the stability of the fabric. That would be a serious con
, but could that problem be resolved by using a thinner quilting needle?
If you have used a vintage sheet for a quilt back, did you experience any problems? Do you have any other advice, pro or con, regarding the use of sheets for quilt backs.
By the way, the sheet that I bought doesn't appear to have a 200+ thread count. I'll have to check it under a magnifying glass.
Thanks in advance for your feedback.