I was looking at some quilting fabric and it was listed as 55% linen/45% cotton.
Has anyone used fabric like this, I wonder if it's any different than 100% cotton. Does it shrink more, wrinkle more, have a different texture? Since it's online I couldn't examine and feel it.
I've used linen for backgrounds, unless you can feel the weight of it I would pass.
gini in north idaho
I have never seen this fabric, but typically linen wrinkles. Linen has stiffer fibers than cotton. If you used all linen/cotton fabric it might make a nice quilt, because if it wrinkles or shrinks it would be uniform and look like you intended it to be that way. I would suggest making, quilting and washing a block to see what it does. I look forward to seening what you come up with, you may start a trend.
I would go to your fabric store and search out a sample that you can touch. You can always contact the shop via email (the online store) and ask the thread count.
aka Grandma Sunshine
Well I ended up ordering it, it was on sale for $5 yard, and it was made by Kaufmann so it should be good quality. I always prewash my fabric, so i will wash it first and see how it behaves. Then I'll decide if it will be used for a pieced background, for an applique background, or not in a quilt.
Thanks all for your input, I'll let you know the results.
Check out Redpepperquilts dot com, posting dated April 16, 2009, and then Freshlemonsquilts dot com for a post dated January 13, 2013. Both show quilts done with linen and linen/cotton mix.
Prewash the linen or linen mix. It does shrink more than 100% cotton, But when you wash it, it gets softer and feels so nice.