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Old 08-20-2019, 05:41 AM
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I found all these homespun fabrics at a thrift store and wanted to use them in a quilt. I have never sewn with homespun before and was wondering if you enlarge the seam allowance from the normal quilting seam of 1/4Ē to allow for the fraying. It would be a lot of work to put a anti-seam fray product on all the seams to prevent fraying or do I not bother to worry about that happening? Hope the picture is not enormous. I donít know how to resize it on my IPad.

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Old 08-20-2019, 06:00 AM
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I have only used it for a jacket (raggedy edges) but I see an older thread here on the QB discussing it. Love that purple fabric in your photo. https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f...s-t180445.html
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Old 08-20-2019, 06:04 AM
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What a lovely assortment of Homespuns you got! I made this quilt out of nothing but homespuns and used a standard 1/4" seam allowance with no issues. The cat's ears are 1 1/2" UF HST on the large cats and 1" U/F on the little cats. Reduce your stitch length and quilt sufficiently (this one was a 2" grid done on point) and I don't think you will have any issues with fraying. My homespuns were all across the board, from LQS to walmart.

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Old 08-20-2019, 06:06 AM
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I used homespun quite a bit, just used my standard seam allowance and didn't have many issues. I usually paired it with a good woven solid.

Still throw it in my scrap quilts as well, just acts like any other fabric.

Here's a top I pieced for my father in law, sadly he died before I got it quilted down.
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:18 AM
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A regular 1/4" seam will be fine. This quilt is all made from homespuns and brushed plaid flannel. I'm a prewasher and these were mostly gifted to me, so I starched the fabric before cutting. This accomplishes 2 things...you find those fabrics that will bleed and it often shrinks the fabric a bit. The finished quilt has been washed and dried and is for my oldest GS for his college dorm room next year.

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Old 08-20-2019, 08:24 AM
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Those are pretty fabrics.

I think the homespuns (we used to call them "woven plaids") vary from fairly tightly woven - like "regular" quilting cotton to being very loosely woven.

I would overcast the edges, soak them in hot water to shrink them, and then gently wash and dry them before cutting.
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Beautiful quilt! I've never seen this pattern before.
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Old 08-20-2019, 06:27 PM
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I did one with homespuns and used 1/4" seam allowance. I did use Best Press on it as I pieced. As long as you aren't handling them a lot, your blocks should not fray anymore than other cottons.
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:34 AM
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Depending upon the pattern you plan to make, you could use a serger. Easy peasy .
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:39 AM
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I would also recommend prewashing homespuns. Unless your making a rag quilt. Man can they ever shrink.
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