Did you see yesterday’s post about the “You show me yours, I’ll show you mine” stash linky party? I’m so excited to see what people come up with over the course of the next week!
But today is all about branching out from your usual stash and using voile and linen blends. Have you tried them yet? I keep seeing people online using voile and linen and I keep wondering: is that ok? Are there any special rules?
I decided to test for myself, making this mini:
The central square is voile, two of the tulip leaves are voile, and all of the pink flower stamens on the top row are linen. All of the voile and linen are Anna Maria Horner.
I did not pre-wash any of it or change my needle or turn down my iron. I did everything exactly the same as I usually do.
I even washed it at the end to make sure everything would come out ok. If the fabrics shrunk at a different rate it’s not noticeable, even where the linen and voile are sewn directly together.
So here’s the bottom line: I think you can use AMH’s voile and linen blend interchangably with regular quilting cotton! Good to know, right?
Even though the results were good, working with voile was a bit of a pain. I did not enjoy piecing with it, especially the y-seam for the tulip.
On the other hand working with linen was lovely! You know those really close up pictures of fabric that capture the texture you can’t really see with your eyes? With the linen you can see it. I also loved how crisply the seams pressed and I think it would make a nice heavy backing for a winter quilt.
They’re more expensive per yard but both come on 54 inch bolts. A fat quarter is bigger than you’re used to! A yard is downright humongous!
I think this quote from Anna Maria Horner sums it up pretty good: “how could an industry which was built upon making art of any and every available scrap of cloth come to rely upon only one variety of fabric from which to create its’ art form?”
I enjoyed branching out!
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