Linen is arguably the fabric I most enjoy working with. It sews and presses beautifully, it becomes incredibly soft after washing and it looks fabulous! The colours available are beautiful, as it takes dyes well. I did not love my Sage linen polka dot jacquard that I attempted to use for Butterick 6026, the blouse with pin tucks at the neck, waist and sleeves.
Not impressed with this linen. It was a very loose weave and did not behave, even when I got cross with it. It had no crispness and did not hold a sharp edge for the pin tucks, let alone the front band. Admittedly, the photo above was taken after I had already decided to abandon the project, but, even with careful pressing, this linen did not look much better than it does above. I think I would have had to interface the entire piece to get the crisp effect that I was after, and who wants interfacing against the skin? Not me. So, I trashed the fabric and started again with a cotton.
On a happier note, I realized that I have not presented Geography Boys, the quilt I made for my favourite nephews for Christmas.
My older nephew is obsessed with flags and national anthems. He sings the Chinese one on demand! When I first saw Jill McDonald’s What a world fabric line in a magazine, I coveted it. I did not find it anywhere until last summer when my Aunt Jan and I did a quilt shop hop in Niagara, and there it was, at Kindred Spirits in St Catharines! Well, they had the city and map panels, anyway.
I really tried to get a close up of the soccer ball in South America that I managed to loop around perfectly, without even trying. I free-motion quilted loops (my go to method for FMQ!) on the quilt top, and when I turned it over, I saw that I had gone around the soccer ball!
I love the city print. It is from the same fabric line, and I managed to track it down at Sew Sisters, here in Toronto. Most of the borders are fabrics I already had.
I decided to do a study in colour for this quilt. I bordered each city panel with its complementary colour (red with green, blue with orange, purple/light blue with yellow). It worked rather well!
I spent a great deal of time laying out the colours so that they would be symmetrical. I’m kind of anal like that. I like symmetry and order. That is all.