I bought 100% unbleached linen. I like the way it looks – sort of a solid but not really… with the natural fiber creating subtle bits of texture and color. And I love the way washed linen feels.
I washed it, pressed it, and decided to make another Swoon block. One block begat another, and away we went!
I guess I didn’t get enough of making half square triangles and flying geese with the first Swoon quilt. (Check out lots of great pictures of this block being made on Flickr!)
I’ll write more about sewing with linen and post more pictures of the linen blocks when it’s a bit less damp outside. I want to shoot pictures of the blocks without them getting soggy.
Linen is such a wonderful material – heavy and strong. It speaks of hot summers and graceful folds (and stubborn wrinkles!) There is a quote by John Webster about linen: “Is not old wine wholesomest, old pippins toothsomest, old wood burns brightest, old linen wash whitest? Old soldiers, sweetheart, are surest, and old lovers are soundest.” I don’t know if linen actually washes the whitest (linen might have been used in that sense as any kind of undergarment), but it is a nice quote. The satisfaction of real linen “bed-linens” can’t be over stated. 🙂 Thanks for the post!
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