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Thread: Homespuns and Shirtings questions

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    GirlieWhirlie's Avatar
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    Are all homespuns plaid? and woven? The ones I have seen are woven.....do they do well in a quilt? Do you have to do anything special with them?
    What are shirtings? Are shirting good for a quilt?

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    homespuns are not always plaid- homespuns are always a woven fabric and behaves much like flannel in quilts- make wonderful quilts and are very nice to work with. the shrinkage is more than regular cottons- just like flannels. as for shirtings- shirting cottons tend to be a much lighter weight fabric than what we normally choose for quilting- that does not mean they can not be used- they are just a lighter weight fabric. sometimes if i am mixing fabrics and want to include any shirtings i just use a fusable interfacing to give them a bit more weight

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    Thanks for the questions and the answer.. Love this forum..

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    This is good to know.. I've been cutting up old shirts and noticing how much thinner the fabric is, but hadn't thought about using a lightweight interfacing. Thank you!

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    Thanks for the tip on the shirtings, I was just given a bunch of squares and about half of them are the light weight shirt fabric.

    Would you tell us which interfacing is best to use.

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