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Thread: quilting a silk quilt. HAS ANYONE DONE ONE

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    I am blessed with enough silk material to do at least 3 quilts, I bought silk sewing machine needles and i have 3 large spools of silk thread, don't know if i should use the silk , or what type to use.I am going to use a simple patteren for the first one. How do I quilt it? and of course the batting material as well. I have quilted for over forthy years and this is my dream come true , is to have a silk quilt.I feel like a beginner again, quilting never gets old,only the quilters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiny3
    I am blessed with enough silk material to do at least 3 quilts, I bought silk sewing machine needles and i have 3 large spools of silk thread, don't know if i should use the silk , or what type to use.I am going to use a simple patteren for the first one. How do I quilt it? and of course the batting material as well. I have quilted for over forthy years and this is my dream come true , is to have a silk quilt.I feel like a beginner again, quilting never gets old,only the quilters.

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    I don't have any help for you, but will be watching the replies as I have silk and satin fabric from wedding dresses that I would like to use. I am worried about needle holes in case of making a mistake.

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    I've never made a silk quilt, though I do use silk in crazy quilt blocks. Years ago. I purchased a vintage quilt ith bright colored strips sewed on a foundation (I think you call that strip quilting or string quilting.) made with what I thought was silk, but actually I think it is a cheaper lining fabric. Alas it has started shattering. It's still very pretty and I often drape it over the upstairs balcony in the entry hall. Lucky you to have so much silk. I'd love to see your finished quilt.

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    I am to scared to sew silk, how do you get it not to move around while sewing....good luck, cannot wait to see your finished product....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiny3
    I am blessed with enough silk material to do at least 3 quilts, I bought silk sewing machine needles and i have 3 large spools of silk thread, don't know if i should use the silk , or what type to use.I am going to use a simple patteren for the first one. How do I quilt it? and of course the batting material as well. I have quilted for over forthy years and this is my dream come true , is to have a silk quilt.I feel like a beginner again, quilting never gets old,only the quilters.
    My avatar is a silk quilt I made for my DDIL with some fabric left from making her wedding gown 20 years ago. The front is silk dupioni, backing is silk/rayon velvet, batting silk/bamboo. I did SID with a walking foot. I also used silk thread. Dupioni frays terribly so you really need to make the seams wider than 1/4". The simpler the design the better, in my experience. Remember, no steam, no water unless you prewash, but then you change the character of the silk. Oh, what I did for quilting was to quilt SID each block to the batting before I added the backing. Then I hand-tied each block center with silk embroidery floss. Just remember to put on your patience shoes before embarking on your challenge. Good Luck!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose
    I don't have any help for you, but will be watching the replies as I have silk and satin fabric from wedding dresses that I would like to use. I am worried about needle holes in case of making a mistake.
    First of all, you don't make mistakes on silk. You can pin within the seam allowances. I have made many wedding gowns, all with silk, and I have to say it is my favorite fabric to work with. I love sewing with silk. You just have to have a clear head while doing it and don't sew it when you're tired.

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    If you stitch silk pieces together, what's the diff? That said, I have done satin quilts, using a fine needle, regular thread. Decorative top stitching, like a crazy quilt, using any thread that will go through the needle.

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    welcome from MN and happy quilting

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    I googled dupioni silk and there's a lot of info on pre-washing etc because of shrinkage. Jenny Haskins of Creative Expressions magazine uses dupioni for all quilts. I've recently begun Cabochon Treasures by Kenny Kreations which is heavy embroidery but, half-way through the project and haven't decided which method of iron on stabilizer to use because there is a little puckering of fabric which is acceptable because of quilting later. So far I'm using normal size 11 needles with Royal rayon threads.

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