Earlier this summer, I had a dream about a quilt. It was a simple construction of squares of different blue fabrics interspersed with linen blocks of the same size. Now, I've never worked with linen before as a quilting fabric. I haven't even seen a linen quilt as far as I know, or at least not recently. But it felt like I was destined to make it, so I did. It was what I would call a "low-risk" project-- after all, I have stacks of blue fat quarters, enough dark blue for a back and binding, even a piece of batting that would be big enough. The only thing I actually had to buy was the linen. My only concern was how the linen squares would look after washing. Well, I figured what's the worst thing that happens? If it looked terrible after washing then. . .
But sorry Nemo, you'll have to wait. I think it came out nice. Did it look this way in my dream? ALMOST. In my dream I didn't have to run out to the fabric store for a yard of border fabric. Sorry I didn't get a better shot of it , it's a pretty blue/tan/brown batik that really pulls the whole thing together. It was a little drab without it.
The linen definitely wrinkled up after washing, as one might expect. But I had put free-motion flowers in the center of those blocks, so the wrinkles were kind of around the quilting.
The linen was interesting to work with. It was a little difficult to cut accurately, as it tended to wiggle around more than cotton does while cutting. But it has more stretch than cotton too, so I was able to push it and pull it into shape. The whole quilt feels a little heavier too, despite using thin Thermore batting.
So instead of being a dog blanket, it will be a wedding gift for friends of ours next month.
What will I dream of next?