I have loved linen since I was 12 years old. It was the year that I spent three summer months in Italy with relatives. It wasn’t my first time nor was it my last, but that particular visit in Aosta turned out to be particularly memorable. That year I really got to know my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and linen too. Everywhere in my relatives’ homes linen was used from sheets to clothes, and the more practical items like tablecloths and dish towels.
Linen, second to silk, has exceptional sheen, drape, and durability, that only gets better with age… And so started my collection of linen clothing. Throughout the years I had very many linen items, particularly clothing, which were very hard for me to give up once they were no longer in style.
It was also very difficult to give up dresses my mother made for me out of textured linen fabric. How do I give up a dress sewn up by mom for my honeymoon? Or my husband’s favourite linen shirt that he accidentally ripped? Or that ever so adorable pink linen dress I remember our daughter wearing while enjoying a birthday party?… just to name a few.
Fabrics can hold memories as much as a photo album.
As I cleaned out my closet one day last year, I came across my linen collection and remembered how we lived in linen. The thought occurred to me to ‘frame’ these memories into a quilt. I knew that if any one quilter would be up for the challenge it would be our quilting columnist, Elaine Theriault. She has done a stunning job!
I hope you enjoy reading about her experience on making a quilt out of 100% linen clothes and that it might spark a desire in you to attempt such a quilt with your favourite fabric – whatever that might be! – Carla
Read more in our Summer 2012 issue.
Article by Elaine Theriault
Bio: Elaine made her first quilt at the tender age of 13. The urge to quilt resurfaced when her daughter moved from a crib. The rest is history – she now teaches several days a week, makes quilts on commission and quilts for others on the long-arm.