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basting and hand-quilting on silk

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PaulineBB posted on Mon, Sep 17 2012 9:19 PM

Hello!

Does anyone have experience basting a silk quilt?

I'm doing some whole-cloth pieces with some older (vintage, I guess) silk and wonder if anyone can offer some advice before I start. I'm hesitant to put my usual basting pins in it for fear of leaving little holes. Is this a time for spray basting? Has anyone basted with silk pins?The batting is the thinnest loft cotton and the backing is cotton too for a little sturdiness.

Thanks for any advice or warnings!! The silks are really beautiful but old and I worry they are a bit fragile!

Pauline

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gini replied on Mon, Sep 17 2012 10:27 PM

hi pauline, welcome to the group

i foudn this on youtube               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67qFmelpKS4

is your top already pieced?

gini in north idaho

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I bought silk pins by accident once. Very fine, those might be what you want.

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Pat M. replied on Tue, Sep 18 2012 4:31 PM

Alex Anderson has done quilts made from silk.  I'll see if I can find out any tips.

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I haven't forgotten about your question--still looking for answers.  I hope to hear from someone soon.

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thank you!

I have tried the silk pins on a smaller piece and aside from a lot of stabbing my hands, they seem to do the trick... I guess there is only one way to find out if they would work basting a large piece...

Didn't try any of the fusible backing stuff though. Seems like that would be better for small pieces of applique.

Thanks for anything else that anyone discovers

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