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    satin quilt

    I have about 11 yards of beautiful Barbizon satin in a peach color. The fabric is beautiful but I don't know what to do with it. It is at least 40 years old. I have recently thought of making a king size quilt for my bed....not a bedspread, just a quilt. I am concerned about the satin slipping off my bed. I wondered if I should put some other fabric on the back of the quilt or should I use satin all the way around? I planned to have it machine quilted with cotton batting so when I wash it the cotton batting will shrink. What are your thoughts on this dilemma? I really enjoy reading all of your ideas on quilting as I am a beginner! Love to all.
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    What kind of care does the satin need?

    Is it washable? Some are - and turn out beautifully. Some aren't - and end up a crinkled disaster.

    Does it need to be drycleaned?

    The only suggestion I have is to have the components be compatible as far as care is concerned.

    If you use satin on both sides, it would be slippery. Also, cool to the touch.

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    It will slip off your bed. I would use a good quality of flannel for the backing if it was me doing it. Sounds like it will be a beautiful quilt. Hope you post a picture of it when it is finished. You could wash & dry the batting to make it shrink before putting it in the quilt. You do not have to use detergent when washing the batting. Just running it through a rinse would work & then dry it for the shrinkage.

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    It's deja vu all over again (LOL). When I was a kid my parents had a peach satin comforter. I don't know where they got it, or what eventually happened to it. I'm pretty sure it was store-bought. It did slip off the bed occasionally, but it wasn't as slippery as satin sheets! The weight seemed to hold it down better. As I recall I was pretty thick and warm. I think a whole cloth quilt of this would be really beautiful. If you don't intend to quilt it yourself, ask a good longarmer for her opinion. I would probably want to use the satin for top and bottom and live with the slipperiness. What a treasure!

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    My Mother made a crazy quilt from satin and velvet, it was beautiful but had to be dry cleaned.

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    My first thought about the satin was... if you have to 'unsew', the holes do not disappear. My second thought was a remembrance of my dear grandmother. She was way past retirement when she insisted on buying black satin sheets for her bed. My mom went nuts trying to find a method to keep them from sliding off the bed
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    This is an interesting question; it will be interesting to read all the responses.
    I take old fabric from garage sales, estate sales, thrift stores and sew them into my quilts. But first I wash them and run the fabric through the dryer. If it doesn't hold up, it doesn't get used - that's my theory. Questions I might ask myself: How much do I value this fabric? In what shape is the fabric? How would I feel if I destroy it? What would I do with this fabric if I don't use it in a quilt?
    I will be looking forwad to see what you do....
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    What a great ideal! Let us know what you decide and how it turns out. I'd love to make a quilt with satin, or satin and velvet

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    Thank you for all of the thoughts, they are very helpful. I will try washing and drying some of the fabric before I go any further. It is Barbizon fabric so I'm almost positive it will wash beautifully. Barbizon was famous for making nightgowns and slips etc.. I worked there 45 years ago and that is where I got the fabric. I think if the fabric will wash up ok I will make a whole cloth quilt with a good quality flannel on the back and just have the machine quilter do her thing with it. I think I will LOVE it...I will post pictures.
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    this started me thinking.......I have a HUGE piece of blue silk fabric that my DH got from Hong Kong when he was flying with the navy (1966-67 era) and its been in my cedar chest for YEARS......and I never knew what to do with it.....wonder if I can use it like this? thanks much for the idea, I may have to see how it washes, after all these years....this board is WONDERFUL

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    wonderwoman ~ Will you be posting photos of your progress?
    I would love to see how you do!

    I'm also new to quilting and hope to work on my own very soon ~
    Satin love and the art of silk ~

    ~ Silk Nightdresses ~

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    Here is a funny story, my husband brought home a satin quilt, sheets from Japan. They were always on the floor because they would slip off the bed. I ended up hating those darn things!! Put flannel for the backing or cotton.

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    I know this is a Little late to the thread, did you ever make anything with the barbizon? I'm in serious need of some barbizon if anyone has any tips on where I can get my hands on some....my 4 year old is desperate for a blanket that Was lost made of it... Rough times here

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    I would use a poly cotton for the the back. An 80-20 blend and not flannel. Satin and flannel too much a different feel in fibre content. And a thinner poly batting unless you want it to be like a comforter. Will the quilt be for show or warmth.

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    A friend of mine gave me a quilt that was store bought and made of satin fabric, she wanted me to take the back off and put a cotton back on it as it kept sliding off her bed. It was a nightmare to do as it was not very well made and out of alignment but I got it done eventually and she was happy with the outcome (even if I was not)
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    We just came back from Custer SD, visiting long time friends. While there we visited The Crazy Horse muesem. They had a stunning Lakota(Indian Nation) Star made of satin. It is black, red & white with the Oogalala(sorry for mispelling) Nation symbol in the center. It was behind glass so I could not touch it, but was beautifully done.

    Satin can be used in quilts. If it frays stitch edges before sewing. Good luck
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    I had a satin comforter when I was younger. I did have some trouble having it fall off the bed. But it was really soft and cuddly. I can't see that a quilt from satin would be a major problem. The fabric eventually started wearing out, and it got covered with other fabric.

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    The comforter on my bed is "bed in a bag" satin. I've been using it several years and it is starting to show major signs of wear n tear.

    I'm thinking your satin is a much higher quality and will probably wear much better.

    I have a quilt partially completed that is satin peau d'soie (sp?). I would recommend using wider than normal seams or else zig zag or serging the pieces.

    I remember a down comforter from my childhood (before we discovered my allergies) that was a lovely peach color.

    Do show us pictures!!!

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