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    Junior Member Lorettan's Avatar
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    Need opinions!!!

    am i crazy for using a homespun(or at least thats what i think it is) fabric in a paper pieced block?? have only used this type of material in rag quilts so i was wondering if its ok to use this in a paper pieced block in a regular quilt.
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    I think it looks really good.

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    what worries me is the stretch in that kind of fabric...and later on when its time to send off to the LAQ(i think i have decided this is the route im going) will it be hard to actually quilt...as you can tell, im a beginner with this kind of stuff

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    I would stablize the give or stretch with some starch prior to any cutting. The smaller stitch lenght used for paper peicing will help in the strenght of the seams.. I am a bit concerned about the raveling from using a loose weave fabric , I would opt for more dense quilting or if quilting on a regular machine quilting that is on the homespun rather than the denser weave fabric. WhenI have sewn/pieced homespuns I used a larger seam allowance, so maybe not trim as close , and that would resolve the issues. .. but I would still starch prior.
    FYI - its looks beautiful so far.

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    I have no answers for you, I just wanted to say that your block is very pretty

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    The block is pretty, can't answer any of your questions as I've not sew on homespun at all.
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    the combination of fabrics that you chose is very pleasing
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    the combination of fabrics that you chose is very pleasing

    thanks you!! i thought so too, that's why i'm kinda bummed that this is probably not a good idea. i just worry that after all that work, it might not quilt well.

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    I see no reason you can't use it. This is a lovely block. Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy View Post
    I see no reason you can't use it. This is a lovely block. Thanks for sharing.
    well, the worry is, with the homespun fabric being more loosely woven and stretchier than the other, that might pose a problem when it comes time to remove the paper foundation and add the borders and quilting.

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    Would it be possible to add a frame of other type of fabric such as cotton around each block to kind of frame it and hold each block together??? I would think this would help with the stretching or at least keep it under control.

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    That looks beautiful! You came up with a great idea!
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    I think i will probably not take a chance with this fabric combo. Will have to go thru my fabric stash

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    Can you back the homespun with a very light weight stablizer?

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    I have no advise either but it's a beautiful block and will make a beautiful quilt - love the soft look of your colors and fabrics.

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    Ooooooh I like that. Beautiful job.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    just spray starch it before you take the paper off and you should be fine!

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    It looks nice to me. You can use anything you like in a quilt. The only thing I would be worrying about a bit is the raveling of the threads on the cut edges.
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    ok, here's a bit of an update...i took that half block, the one pictured in my initial post, put a scrap piece of batting behind it, and just did some quilting inside the shapes. ya know, after i did that, the fabric didn't stretch much at all...so, i might be ok using it...so happy as i really had my heart set on that combo.

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    Glad you decided to use it, it's beautiful! You can make it work!

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    I've combined fabrics in the past without a problem when it's time to quilt it. I don't see why this would change for the paper piecing part. You should be fine, at least IMHO

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