Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Colours on Linen

Linen is a new fabric to my game, but so many quilters use it all the time, and I was curious.  I ventured to Joanns a few weeks back and luckily found it on sale for $9 a yard and figured it was the perfect opportunity to "test the waters" so to speak.  I did wash it to tighten the weave though which I rarely do with my quilting fabrics.  I'm still on the fence!  It's okay, I suppose, but perhaps if I had bought something besides white, I would have noticed a bigger difference.  What do you think?

Colours on Linen

4 comments:

Helen said...

Carol, you are on fire with these min quilts! They are all just stunning, lovely work.

Poppyprint said...

It's fab! And you spelled colour with a 'u'! Are we Canadian/U.K. quilters having a Webster's-like influence on you Carol? The echo quilting is really cool. I am also just starting to use linen. I find without any cotton blended into it, it's too swishy and doesn't hold the cut edge very straight due to the loose weave, even after washing (spray starch/pressing helps a bit). So, I'm now collecting linen/cotton blend to use. I think it gives a richer background here, rather than a Kona white which is quite thin and transparent. Will you use it again? I'm also on the look out for quilting cotton that has a lineny look...like two of the tan/taupe solids that came out with the French Laundry line Rouenneries (I'm fairly sure that is misspelled). So I can get the look without trying to piece the wonkiness that is 100% linen.

sewkatiedid said...

It's fun!

I cut things bigger sometimes and then cut it down.

Carolina Chambray in natural is a great alternative and easier to quilt, or cotton blends. The thicker natural linen at Joann's is actually one of my favorites.

live a colorful life said...

Oh, wow. I just found you on flickr. This is amazing. I'm adding you to my blogroll!