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Thread: Can you Quilt with Homespun?

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    Unhappy Can you Quilt with Homespun?

    I saw a log cabin made from all plaids this winter and fell in love with it. It looked like they were all homespun fabrics and vewry scrappy looking. So...I started collecting them toward the end of the season when everyone was marking them on clearance. I think I have more than enough to make a huge quilt.

    I was looking forward to starting on this during the late summer, but this weekend, I was discussing it with some friends while at a retreat and they tell me it's awful to work with and will not be suitable for a quilt because it ravels so much. They recommended that I not even try it.

    Anyone have words of wisdom for me? I'm not sure what to do now; whether to try it or do something different. Has anyone else used homespun with a log cabin or pieced quilt with good luck? If I do take the time to make this, is it going to hold up when laundered????
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    oh my goodness---- there are FABULOUS quilts made with homespuns!!!
    it is so sad when people who have no experience with something are so negative about it.
    here's a picture of my latest homespun quilt- if you search homespun quilts you will find many many more.
    the only things to keep in mind is-
    prewash- they are a looser weave than regular cottons- so shrink more
    starch before cutting will help you with more accurate cuts
    press carefully to not stretch them into wonky shapes.
    enjoy the process
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    Homespuns are also good for raggedy edge quilts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    oh my goodness---- there are FABULOUS quilts made with homespuns!!!
    it is so sad when people who have no experience with something are so negative about it.
    here's a picture of my latest homespun quilt- if you search homespun quilts you will find many many more.
    the only things to keep in mind is-
    prewash- they are a looser weave than regular cottons- so shrink more
    starch before cutting will help you with more accurate cuts
    press carefully to not stretch them into wonky shapes.
    enjoy the process

    ckcowl, What a GREAT quilt!!!! Thanks for sharing your quilt and your knowledge of homespuns....I've been saving up homespuns too, and was a little reluctant to get started with them.....Thanks for the heads-up on working with them
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    That is a beautiful quilt. Did you use a walking foot, or just your regular foot?

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    They make wonderful quilts that people generally love. They feel softer. I agree on prewashing, starching and ironing. Also I think it lends it self better to larger pieces and rectangular shapes better then tiny triangular pieces. I think a log cabin would be a perfect project for it. Please post when you have completed it.

    Here is a large queen size quilt made with home spun and regular fabric.
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    WOW...this is really pretty!
    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    They make wonderful quilts that people generally love. They feel softer. I agree on prewashing, starching and ironing. Also I think it lends it self better to larger pieces and rectangular shapes better then tiny triangular pieces. I think a log cabin would be a perfect project for it. Please post when you have completed it.

    Here is a large queen size quilt made with home spun and regular fabric.

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    Like someone said before they really make beautiful rag quilts.
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    I would stitch close to the edges either zigzag or serge them before you prewash. As for homespuns and quilting --what do you think our pioneer ancestors used? I think the key is to prewash then press before cutting. Starch if desired. Do a sample up of some to see what they do before you start major cutting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valerie Ann View Post
    That is a beautiful quilt. Did you use a walking foot, or just your regular foot?
    the picture of my quilt is one where it is still in strips-laid out on my bed- the top is not finished yet---
    i pretty much never ever use my walking foot- i used a regular foot- regular stitch length- regular thread & needle-
    when i quilted it i use the long-arm- i didn't realize i had posted a pic of it before constructed until you asked this question- so, it's not quilted yet in this one- it is still under construction.
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    A lot of people do. I'm on a limited budget so I'm slowly collecting homespun for a pattern I have for a french braid quilt done with homespun; it's so pretty.
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    They make wonderful quilts. I really can't imagine anyone saying otherwise.
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    Homespuns are one of my favorites this is one I made 8 years ago for my oldest son. I hand quilted it. I never prewash I know a big nono!! This was taken today on my sons bed. Still in awesome condition and it has been washed alot I have never had to do a repair on it.
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    I just made a quilt using homespun and had it LAQ and it's wonderful. I didn't prewash (didn't know I should) and I've had no problems. The homespun is over half of my quilt. BUT, I have to use the homespun for the binding and I'm putting that off because I'm worried about the fraying. I think I will starch it and see if I can do it okay. Good luck. And remember, everyone that told you not to use it, it was just their opinion. I've already read all this thread and we all agree that it's fine to use it. Glad someone didn't discourage me before I made my beautiful quilt. I have lots of homespun left to make a couple more quilts, too. I've been collecting them also.
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    Add me to the homespun bandwagon. They are not a problem to work with and I had no issues with fraying when I made the below quilt. This had a combination of highend LQS homespuns, which definitely some of them were a much tighter weave and heavier fabric and homespuns from wallyworld and all of them are holding up just fine. This quilt is used daily. It is backed with flannel, W&N batting and quilted witha simple cross hatch grid done on my Bernina.

    When I peiced the triangles in this quilt it was all done with the method of using squares and stitching a diagonal across the square and cutting off the excess. I had no issues.
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    Here is one I did...they do ravel more and some bleed a lot - so I recommend pre-washing.
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    Lovely cat quilt!


    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Add me to the homespun bandwagon. They are not a problem to work with and I had no issues with fraying when I made the below quilt. This had a combination of highend LQS homespuns, which definitely some of them were a much tighter weave and heavier fabric and homespuns from wallyworld and all of them are holding up just fine. This quilt is used daily. It is backed with flannel, W&N batting and quilted witha simple cross hatch grid done on my Bernina.

    When I peiced the triangles in this quilt it was all done with the method of using squares and stitching a diagonal across the square and cutting off the excess. I had no issues.
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    I made this one for my daughter when she ill many years ago. It has been washed, many times and is now one of her kitties favorite blankets. Ten years later I can say that it's still hanging in there. The cats have been the main threat, but they seem to know that it is something special. Daughter is holding up well, too.Name:  Kat01.jpg
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    What beautiful quilts. I would love to make a quilt from homespun. Thanks for all the pictures everyone.

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    Homespuns quilt up nicely. It's really a persons personal opinion on whether they like it or not. One's that usually don't like homespun will not recommend it for quilting, at least that has been my experience. I've made a rag quilt from homespun and it turned out nice.

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    One of the prettiest quilts I've ever seen was a homespun log cabin. It draped beautiful across the bed and looked so soft!!

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