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Thread: Card Tricks Silk Wall Hanging

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    Boy was this a nightmare to work on! I bought the shot silks, the coloured fabric a while ago in Holland and the black sashing is a silk and hemp (yes, hemp!) blend that I bought here in France at a craft fair. The silks frayed if I even LOOKED at them wrong and the fibres are so big that even one fraying took about a 1/16" off my seam allowance! When the blocks were done, I ironed them onto fusible interfacing to stabilise them a bit. The silk/hemp mix I used both sides, for the sashing, one side is shiny and the other is matt and I think it gives a nice effect. I wanted to use it for the outer border as well but it frayed so badly that I chickened out and used some regular black cotton! I might quilt it in metallic thread, or possibly silk, I haven't decided yet. I'll leave it a while until I can learn to love it enough to handle it again! :lol:

    PS - I used so much spray starch that the blocks really ARE like cards! :mrgreen:
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    That is beautiful!! You are far braver than I to work with those materials.
    Gorgeous job!
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    Brave is one word for it! LOL I'm not sure I'd do it again in a hurry! Thanks April.

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    wow, that is so beautiful!1 Don't think i am ready for silk LOL

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    WOW that is beautiful. Makes note to self....self take the advise and DO NOT play with silk.

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    That is beautiful. You're a brave one to work in silks but I admire your determination and talent. Just gorgeous!! Please show us again after it's quilted-can't wait to see.

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    Beautiful Kathryn, so pleased you won with the silk, it was worth all the hassle you had. Quilting in silk would be lovely on it.

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    OMG, It just sparkles, I love it. Great job.

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    Sounds like it was a real 'tricky' quilt to work with - but WOW, it's a beautiful result!!

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    Your quilt is beautiful and I love the silk. Have you ever tried "Fray Check". I made my grand daughters flower girls dresses out of silk and I used it and had real good luck. It works great for satin too. You should be proud for being so brave.

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    That's really pretty!

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    Very beautiful!

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    That's beautiful ! I have a stash of silks I'm just trying to make something out of....but it doesn't sound as though it's going to be a fun project!

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    OMG, that is beautiful!!!!!! Wow. Card trick is one of my favorites. ****making note to self to NEVER quilt with silk****

    I made my DIL's sister a wonderful large tote for Christmas, because as a teacher, she always can use one. I decided to use faux suede and I swear I will never touch that stuff again. Same as the silk -- it frayed like crazy. Big, long threads of fray, and the frayed strands had so much static that they stuck to EVERYTHING. Never again. I told her to really, really love that bag because it had a part of my sanity in it.

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    Its beautiful :thumbup:

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    Thanks everyone! I'm sorry I put you all off using silk - it is such beautiful fabric! I have quite a bit of the black left so I guess I'm going to have to work with it again SOMEDAY! Will certainly look into that Fray Check - I tried to glue mine all together with spray starch - the pieces stood up on their own! LOL

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    Very pretty. :thumbup:

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    Well for having so much grief with the fabric while piecing it, it sure came out a beauty! I like the idea of using the silk varigated thread to quilt it. I hope you post it when your finished quilting it. With all the fancy quilting you have been doing lately, this should be one beautiful quilt when it is quilted with your feathers.

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    Great job. Its beautifal. I love the colors. :thumbup:

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    Just beautiful!!! Love the silks, but I don't think I want to work with them any time soon!!

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    Wow its really special and working with those fabrics must have not been easy

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    Beautiful. I cannot imagine working with silk.

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    Love it! I wouldn't attempt that in silk. You go girl!

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    Beautiful.

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