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    Homespun????

    Hi everyone, does anyone know of a tip to working with homespun material? My son brought hime some and says, "Mom make me a quilt out of this, I love the colors!!" So of course Mom says "Why sure Son anything for you." I think maybe not anything anymore. I hate this stuff, it moves, it stretches, and it is kinda itchy. Please help, I promised him I would make it and he never asks me for anything, so I think I need to make this quilt.

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    Hmmm I wonder if you need to back it with some light fusible interfacing so you can sew the top together without it moving and stretching on you.

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    this was my first thought as well.
    Nancy in western NY

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    What kind of quilt are you going to make? It frays easily, so is often used for rag quilts. Here is a link:
    http://jubileehomespun.com/info/Quilt_Instructions.htm

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    I have found that spray starch or sizing is helpful and of course you must handle it carefully to keep from stretching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topstitch View Post
    I have found that spray starch or sizing is helpful and of course you must handle it carefully to keep from stretching.
    I agree with the starching, heavy if you can. Than use blocks that don't need alot of handling, simple patterns. You will be OK.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    Wash it carefully, hang dry. It tightens up the weave, then starch like crazy. Some homespun is woven tighter than others. I use a small stitch when piecing. It makes handsome quilts.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    pre-wash, starch, iron...cut 1 or 2 layers at a time- i've made 2 or 3 homespun quilts-my brother's love them- here is a pic of the last one i made.
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    Very nice quilt.
    I am making a very simple 4 patch, so with a lot of starch maybe I can get it done. Thank you for all of your suggestions.

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    Good luck with making this for your son. Since you are doing a 4-patch it shouldn't be to hard to work with. I'm making a table runner for my daughter using homespun. She bought the fabric and said "her Mom this is what I want". It really isn't bad to work with but not my usual stuff. Made my granddaughter scarves that was really nice with this fabric because it does fray really bad.

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