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Thread: What are your thoughts on "cotton lawn" fabric? It is at Connecting Threads

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    What are your thoughts on "cotton lawn" fabric? It is at Connecting Threads

    There is a gorgeous fabric collection at Connecting Threads right now that uses cotton lawn. I have never heard of this. It is described as light-weight, soft and smooth, shear. It sounds like it may look like cheap fabric if it is shear. Have you used this type of fabric before and does it look and last okay on a quilt (one that will have only light use-not for kids, more just decorative)? Thanks.

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    I always thought cotton lawn was for night gowns or pj's. I'm not sure about using it in a quilt. I thought they had some beautiful colors and would be interested if anyone has used it in a quilt. I use just about any fabric in decorative quilts or wall hangings so I guess it would work for something like that.
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    Cotton Lawn is a thin fabric, but typically a high density, and thread count, sometimes having a sheen . Think of high thread count sheets .. fine and dense threads. Do use a very small needle in your machine( 65 or 70). High thread count fabrics can have holes left if you need to take out some stitches and you use a large needle.
    I have not given the feel test of the Connecting Threads cotton lawn fabrics. It would have been helpful if they gave the actual thread count so the consumer can have some guage prior to purchase.

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    This is wonderful fabric if you want to add beautiful detail stitching in your blocks such as pintucks, smocking, etc. Regular cotton is harder to do extra fine detail and lawn is excellent.
    Last edited by TanyaL; 04-08-2012 at 05:45 PM.

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    I haven't used the Connecting Threads lawns yet, but I use lawns (and voiles) all the time in clothes. I'm saving the scraps to make a light weight summer quilt. I think it would be silky and wonderful as a quilt.

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    I saw it too, adn fell in love with the line. I have the same concerns about how sheer it is or durable. I figure I will order enough to do a throw quilt to test it out and go from there

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    I saw the collection, too, and I think it is very pretty. I was thinking about getting some but have so much fabric now, I need to actually make something with it!

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    You could read the other threads for answers to your questions. I like lawn for lightweight summer blouses, but other people have more suggestions.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...n-t184475.html

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...p-t185029.html

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    I had some lawn fabric several years ago from England and it was beautiful fabric and I would have made a quilt with it, it wasn't cheap feeling or looking.


    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Cotton Lawn is a thin fabric, but typically a high density, and thread count, sometimes having a sheen . Think of high thread count sheets .. fine and dense threads. Do use a very small needle in your machine( 65 or 70). High thread count fabrics can have holes left if you need to take out some stitches and you use a large needle.
    I have not given the feel test of the Connecting Threads cotton lawn fabrics. It would have been helpful if they gave the actual thread count so the consumer can have some guage prior to purchase.
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    Got an email few days ago from a company that had treated photo fabric on cotton lawn. Must be sturdy if they used it for printing.

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    Never heard of it! Will be looking for answer to your question.

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    I've used lawn cotton fabric for blouses, baby doll pyjamas, baby clothes, that sort of thing. It's fine, high quality fabric that's great for patterns with gathering or smocking but I've not used it for years and never tried it for quilts. It might be perfect for cathedral windows.


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    I'm glad you asked.

    Now that July is almost over, I've finally finished the "Celebrate Spring" quilt that I got from Connecting Threads in March. Although it is not perfect, it turned out well. I added a border to frame it up a bit and tried a new technique with this one. The mitered border came out well. I also attached the binding with a similar but more standard serpentine stitch.

    As for the fabric, it is amazingly soft and luxurious. I decided to go with all cotton batting (Quilter's Dream) which has made it quite lightweight. I also followed their example and quilted it with a random, long, serpentine stitch. It seems to be the perfect combination for a summer quilt. Haven't washed it yet, but I'm hopeful.

    For those who care, I pieced and quilted it with a Pfaff 1222E until it got cranky and had to go to the doctor. It was finished on a Bernina 630.

    Now, let's see if I can post a few pics....
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    Lawn Fabric

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    There is a gorgeous fabric collection at Connecting Threads right now that uses cotton lawn. I have never heard of this. It is described as light-weight, soft and smooth, shear. It sounds like it may look like cheap fabric if it is shear. Have you used this type of fabric before and does it look and last okay on a quilt (one that will have only light use-not for kids, more just decorative)? Thanks.
    I believe it depends on the weight. I see no reason not to use it if you use all the same fabric. I have a quilt ade in the 1930's by my grandmother from lawn fabric. While it has not been used very much it is still bright and sturdy. One would need to use care as the weight is different. However, I believe the lawn or voil of the 30's might be a bit different (heavier) than that produced now It makes beautiful quilts because of the color and patterns and batting used. I always say you need to respect the nature of the fabric when using different textures and piece accordingly. I would imagine the design and color is in keeping with the style of the modern quilts.
    You might get a fat quarter pack and make a crib or wallhanging and see how it works.

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    Dorothy,
    Very pretty quilt. I love the colors.
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    Lawn is a term Liberty uses for their expensive exquisite cotton fabric.
    My guess is that Connecting Threads is trying to offer something like Liberty's at a more reasonable price.
    I think you get what you pay for.
    I'd be interested to hear from someone who's used both and how they compare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizkyp View Post
    Dorothy,
    Very pretty quilt. I love the colors.
    Thank you, Miz Kyp. Since it was a kit, I didn't have much choice on the colors, but I was able to weed out the ugly pea green a great deal. I left a little of it in just for contrast. I was going for a peachy-pink pastel look, but the last photo looks downright orange, doesn't it? Oh well.

    I really enjoyed making it, especially since my previous quilt was a dark, heavy flannel. Even hubby likes this one.
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    Haven't seen it in person, looks lovely - but my concern would be with the looser weave - will it hold up for long, even in a lightly-used quilt ??

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    I have a DWR quilt with some scraps of Liberty of London lawn fabric. It was made 35 years ago and was used on my bed for 25 years, with frequent machine washing and drying. The liberty prints were the first to shred. The colors never faded. As a side note, the solids in this quilt were poly/cotton, which was all I could find at the time. They still look great.

    My niece ordered crib bedding from Restoration Hardware recently that is made from voile, which is similar to lawn. It looks so airy and soft. I would love to have a summer quilt from voile or lawn-- I would take better care of it than my DWR.
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    When used for whole-cloth quilt, with a wool batt, it makes a heavenly light and soft cover!

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