Birthday Quilt

Pinning-on-the-Moon

I am finishing up this quilt today, which is for a friend whose birthday was two weeks ago.  I SHOULD have made it for her 50th, two years ago, but sometimes gift-giving has a timing all its own.

The green side silk panels are not quilting well at all and I am bummed.  Usually, if fabric is unruly or my piecing not exactly perfect (and it generally isn’t), I can stabilize and correct with handquilting.  Not sure this time.

machine-stitched

The good news is that this orange scarf from Japan (above — polyester?), which I stabilized prior to piecing but was still nervous about, is behaving.

Rieko'

I like the way this nubby floral adds a robust contrast to the delicate scarf — but what I have discovered with this piece is that hand quilting bark cloth with regular thread is not worth the time because the stitches disappear into the surface of the fabric.

ORGANZA-close

Here you see what is supposed to be a pool of light from the little house — it is organza stitched over a fussy-cut yellow flower, all on top of a small strip of pieced squares.

2 thoughts on “Birthday Quilt

  1. dianeloomisquilts

    Silk is notoriously difficult to quilt (well, I know it is difficult to machine quilt!). I thought I could leave you some hints but I don’t have any experience hand quilting silk. It is a beautiful piece! and I imagine the rich textures of the different fabrics are even more gorgeous in person (even though your photographs are great!)

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  2. deemallon

    Hi Diane,
    I’ve had good luck machine-quilting silk in the past… dupioni that is buttery and soft… This sage-colored silk is meant for upholstery and perhaps has some poly in it for additional strength and durability? It’s quite stiff. Anyway, I have bitten the bullet and added ORANGE machine quilting to tame the panels and I think it’s working…

    Pix soon. Been gardening a lot!

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