Friday, June 22, 2012

Quilting with linen

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So the stack of fabric from yesterday turned into these blocks last night.  I haven't used all the colors yet but so far I really like what I'm seeing. :)

I got a several emails about sewing with linen... so here are my tips:
  • I wouldn't use raw linen in a quilt but really just because the Essex linen is a blend which makes it softer with a nice drape. 
  • I don't use starch when I'm piecing with linen.  If you pin well and let your sewing machine do the work, linen is pretty easy to work with.
  • I typically use a scant 1/4" seam allowance when I'm piecing.  But with linen, because the weave is a little looser, I use a true 1/4" seam allowance.
  • I don't prewash my linen and I have never had any problems with shrinkage. 
  • P-R-E-S-S your seams and blocks.  Ironing with a back and forth motion will distort your blocks.  This is also a good general rule of thumb for quilting with any kind of fabric.
Have a wonderful weekend!  When I'm not cursing celebrating our first 100 degree day at Six Flags, I'll be happily sewing in the air conditioning. ;) 



suemac said...

Man. We are supposed to hit 100 degrees here in Austin too. Yuck.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Last week we broke a record at 109 degrees. This weekend it is supposed to be a balmy 86!

Barbara Konkle said...

I love it! Looks great! I am just getting into solids and they are fun to work with!
I chuckled at your 100 degree comment. Just moved from Denton in January and I do not miss that at all! I hope it is a better summer than last summer! That was brutal!

Elsa said...

Great colors ~ I love sewing with linen. Made my son a quilt with it and, after a few washings it's soft and really wrinkly.
It's raining here in the lovely Pacific Northwest!

Jess said...

Have you had any problems in the past with a scant 1/" seam, or is it just precautionary. I just started a quilt with some of this and used a scant 1/4" seam and now I'm worried, but too far along to really go back.

CitricSugar said...

Stay cool!!

I used Essex linen to back a quilt I made for my dad last Christmas and it was just so beautiful to work with. Love it.

Can't wait to see what you do with these blocks!

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