Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Kaufman Essex Linen blend >

Kaufman Essex Linen blend

Kaufman Essex Linen blend

Old 05-21-2021, 11:18 AM
  #1  
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Ballwin, MO
Posts: 3,572
Default Kaufman Essex Linen blend

Has anyone used the Kaufman linen/cotton fabric for quilting? Have you mixed it with regular quilting cottons? Did it shrink more than regular cotton because of the linen content?

joe'smom is offline  
Old 05-21-2021, 12:04 PM
  #2  
Super Member
 
tallchick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,908
Default

I have not mixed it with quilting cotton but I adored working with it for a quilt it was fabtastic !(my new word for wonderful fabric) and I loved how it washed up with a poly batting, as you can see very little wrinkle after washing. I would imagine that it would work just fine with regular cotton but I am sure someone has mixed the 2 and will be able to better answer your question.
Attached Thumbnails 4e78315e-be82-4b21-a48d-5b19cdd02822.jpeg  
tallchick is offline  
Old 05-21-2021, 12:24 PM
  #3  
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Ballwin, MO
Posts: 3,572
Default

Beautiful quilt, tallchick! I am very encouraged to hear your positive comments. I bought a half yard of this to see what it is like, and it really struck my fancy; I was thinking of it for a sashing.
joe'smom is offline  
Old 05-21-2021, 04:33 PM
  #4  
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 19
Default

I've used it several times as the background in quilts, Elizabeth Hartman (fancy forest, pretty birds). I works nicely, tho it is a bit thicker. I use the yarn dyed colors. Right now I'm beginning a quilt using a essex linen solid. it's really nice.
Grey Lady is offline  
Old 05-22-2021, 05:33 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 912
Default

Good to hear this. I accidently picked two plain taupe and tan fabrics....and cut them to make use on a scrappy quilt I was making as borders around the nine patches. Ummmm.....why does this fabric feel differant....OHHHHHHH....now I recall, I bought this, what I now remember was a linen cotton something blend to use as background fabric on an embroidered Hummel character quilt I was going to make about a hundred years ago. Of course this was after the quilt was on the long arm being quilted. So there is hope it will wash and wear fine.
sewingpup is offline  
Old 05-22-2021, 09:41 AM
  #6  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 259
Default

I haven't personally used the Essex Linen blend in any quilts but a wonderful blogger whose writing I really enjoy has some experience and tips on using Linen (100% and blends). Essex has such gorgeous texture so I hope you enjoy using it!

Not affiliated at all with Rachel but just really enjoy her blog:

https://www.stitchedincolor.com/blog...ith-linen.html
Sephie is offline  
Old 05-22-2021, 01:26 PM
  #7  
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Ballwin, MO
Posts: 3,572
Default

Thank you for that link, Sephie. Those were some good suggestions!
joe'smom is offline  
Old 05-23-2021, 02:53 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Rebecca_S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Boston
Posts: 364
Default

I can't comment on the shrinkage because I prewashed before using it. It is a thick weave, so takes up a bit more in the seam if you are looking for precision piecing (I wasn't, it was background on an improv quilt). Very nice hand and drape. I found it was excellent as a binding, because it was a cross-dyed fabric the stitches completely disappeared.
Rebecca_S is offline  
Old 05-27-2021, 04:01 PM
  #9  
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Oregon
Posts: 12
Default

Yes, I have used Essex cotton/linen blend as a background in two quilts - in tan and light gray. The remainder of the fabrics were regular quilting cottons and batiks. I pre-washed to avoid any issues with different shrinkage rates. I've always loved linen and really enjoy the texture it adds.

Attached Thumbnails 20180127_180203.jpg   20171220_123813.jpg  
Shewanders is offline  
Old 05-28-2021, 07:07 AM
  #10  
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Ballwin, MO
Posts: 3,572
Default

Beautiful quilts, Shewanders!
joe'smom is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.