Saturday, August 25, 2012

About Linen

So I've won fabric twice in the last several weeks and oddly enough, both packs were linen! First there was the Sunshine and Cute Bots here:
and this last week, from LRstitched and the Zakka Sew Along linky, a complete fq stack of Robert Kaufman La Femme!


Totally random - I finally took the time to sit down and read through my Generation Q magazine, and wouldn't you know, right off on page 18 was an article by publisher Jake Finch, called "the glories of linen." Double surprise, the two print fabric collections they featured were the two above! The article told about "one of the oldest fabrics used on Earth", some of its unique qualities (it can be slippery when sewing), about pre-washing it (do - Rashida does!), as well as mentioning how beautifully it plays with other fabrics. An interesting and helpful read, not to mention, timely!

So, anyway, you know I've been Zakka-ing-along, but there's been only one quilt in the sew along.
So now I'm wondering . . . I have all this beautiful linen and am not quite sure what to do with it! Have you made all-linen quilts? Or would you suggest mixing them with cotton solids? Are there patterns that you feel really would show off the texture of these fabrics? Please share - I'd love to hear what you think!

18 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Congratulations on your great wins! Beautiful fabric! Sorry, I am no help with your linen query! There will be more wise heads out there I'm sure!

Beth said...

Congrats on those great wins! The only linen I've used is Essex linen so I'm not sure if that counts?

Dora, the Quilter said...

Sometime before 1932 my grandmother embroidered baskets of flowers on linen and set them with alternating squares of a very highly polished cotton.
I haven't quilted that quilt top yet, but, clearly, it's held up well.
(And a lot of old scrappy crazy quilts were made with all kinds of different fabrics.)

Kirsten said...

The fabrics are beautiful Debbie. I really love the texture of linen and used a linen/cotton blend for the sashing in one of the first quilts I made, along with 100% cotton and they went together well.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31957791@N08/5348200896/in/set-72157626226795714/

Heather D. said...

Well, I haven't but I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with. I saw your win over at LR Stitched the other day. Exciting for you!

Leanne said...

I've used linen a lot, I think you can use it on its own or with cotton. The quilt I made for my king bed is half linen (the solid) and Red uses a linen solid on the front and there are others. I love the different hand and weight it gives to the quilt.

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, gorgeous! I'm afraid I always see bags, pouches and more when I see fabric, I'm really no use!

Brenda said...

I love the look and feel of linen. I have a bunch of vintage tea towels I'm ready to make into a quilt. I think you need a deeper seam allowance due to fraying.

Nicole said...

Congrats on your wins!
I love the look of linen, but haven't worked with it much. Can't wait to see what you do with these lovelies!

Cille said...

Lovely wins. Congratulations :) I made a linen/cotton baby quilt once and it turned out nice. The linen was background and the cotton hst's. I'm told the quilt is still much loved and used and that it washes great and the linen gets softer and softer for each wash. I think you have some great options for making a lovely quilt with the wonderful fabrics.

I have some Japanese linen fabrics that I hoard... Thinking of making a bag with them.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Debbie! Oh those fabrics look so beautiful and I'm impressed they are all linen! I have used linen for cloths and pouches and quilted table cloth. I just happened to make some shabby flowers with linen. You can make them later when you have left overs! x Teje

Amy DeCesare said...

Wow! You are linen-lucky! I know I would make some purses and some table runners/placemats and matching stuff like pot holders if I had that stack. Truthfully I can't quite wrap my head around a totally linen quilt, but let me know if you try it!

Candice said...

I love the look of cottons mixed with linens :) It's dreamy! What a haul! That was a few awesome wins- I heart linen!! I'm so excited to see what you decide on!

Carla said...

First of all, I think I would put them on a shelf and relish the thought that I won something! Then I would wait until that perfect project came along to cut into them. Lucky you! Enjoy ; )

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

Way to go! I've only used bits of linen so I don't have any tips. It looks like fun stuff to play with!

Marci Girl said...

I have a lovely stack of those linen bots too...they have been sitting there because I don't know what to do with them either.... Can't wait to see what you do with them!

Simone de Klerk said...

Great wins! A linen quilt wouldn't feel that soft to me, I think. So, yes, mix them with cotton. And maybe just try a smaller one and see how you like the feel of it when you use it.
Good Luck!

sukie said...

I loved that your name was drawn to win btw!!! Congrats