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    Batting Beauty

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    Default Homespuns- what's the deal?

    Anyone use it? Like it, or hate it?

    I was recently given a bunch of homespun fabric. A local guild was doing some housecleaning, and dumped all the homespuns (in my lap)- a humongous box of FQs and half yard cuts, and two big totes stuffed with 1 yard and larger cuts. I've sorted but did not measure, but estimate a couple hundred yards or more.

    When I asked why, they said "no one likes them," but no specific reason why. Was it the plaids? Or the looser weave? Works good for me cuz I'm all about the plaids. I've sewn a few test blocks and seam durability seems just fine.
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    Default Re: Homespuns- what's the deal?

    Pretty sure it is the looser weave. The fabric distorts more. It sure is pretty though.
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    Default Re: Homespuns- what's the deal?

    A couple hundred yards???? Wow time to go shopping for one of those Tiny Houses you can park in the back yard! I don't know what I would do with that much fabric!! I have used home spuns. Good for scrap quilts or rag quilts. Not so good for hst, they always come out looking crooked even if cut accurately. I like them but they can be a little ravelly. Check out Pinterest.
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    Default Re: Homespuns- what's the deal?

    I find they ravel a bit more than regular fabrics maybe it's due to the looser weave I don't know. They are pretty fabric though.
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    Default Re: Homespuns- what's the deal?

    I just finished a top made with homespuns, made the perfect quilt for my son. They do tend to ravel a lot and I found that it is hard to get the lines of the plaids to remain straight. When I get to quilting this monster, I will probably quilt heavily just because I feel the seams may come apart after a few washes and this may help. Looks great but I will try to stay away from them for the most part.


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    Default Re: Homespuns- what's the deal?

    I don't care for them but they make good snowman scarves if you are into making snowmen. They fray quite easily.

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    Default Re: Homespuns- what's the deal?

    I've used them in a couple quilts..love the look. One was an old times sports quilt for my son then a warm quilt which is in my album. They are great in a quilt!

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    Default Re: Homespuns- what's the deal?

    if you're hand quilting, homespuns are wonderful! Very easy to quilt.

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    Default Re: Homespuns- what's the deal?

    I made this quilt with homespun - worked well and no real problem with plaids in this scenario.

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    Default Re: Homespuns- what's the deal?

    You can make beautiful tablecloths, napkins and placemats....if you pull out the first few rows of threads on the edge it will fringe.

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