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Old 05-02-2013, 08:06 AM
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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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Old 05-02-2013, 08:09 AM
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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.
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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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Old 05-02-2013, 11:23 AM
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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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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.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:10 PM
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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.
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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.
homespun-twist-turn.jpg
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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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