This is some of the first quilt shop fabric I ever purchased. Back 15+ years ago it was extremely expensive, at least to me. It came in a little metal can and was $99 for 15 fat quarters. I was so excited by the colors. However that weekend I took it to a quilt guild meeting and was heartbroken.
Every women there told me oh that’s silk you will hate it, you have to fuse interfacing to the back of it and it still stretches, it ravels, etc. I was so disappointed and knew I’d never do all that for something that would look terrible. I ended up packing the box away. That little metal container has moved with me twice and I always pack it in a closet.
Well this month I moved something and there it was. I decided it was time to sew it or toss it. Nowadays it’s pretty standard to spend $100 on the fabric for a quilt but back then it was a lot of money so I decided to sew it. Oh I will not lie, it was a pain to work with and the raveling was on everything I owned, but I got the top put together. Next up was researching how much dupoin silk shrinks compared to cotton. Not much info so I decided to order a silk backing as well. I then ended up ordering silk thread and a silk/bamboo blend batting. I even soaked the top careful in cold water to see if it shrank. It didn’t but Lord the wrinkles. I must have pressed it 10 times to get it normal again.
So here she is, 15+ years later. I wish it was a better picture. My camera seems to weird out on the silk with the flash. A friend took a better picture of the ladies basting it for me so I will include that also. The ladies are my friends Marilyn and Pam.
I am so glad I didn’t toss it. I did use a cotton border so I hope that works out but I’ll stick to washing by hand so hopefully it won’t be an issue. The colors are such vibrant oranges, browns and fushia and the back is a really pretty chocolate silk. I really do love it. The picture with the ladies shows the colors much better.