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Carol Dodge22/02/2018 10:05:54
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Hi all, Just wondering if anyone has attempted the Pauline Ineson heirloom quilt.

I have bought the book and very tempted to give it a go. It is done in silk dupion on a luxurious calico, looks amazing.

Margaret S22/02/2018 12:46:32
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Sorry Carol, it's not my style so I haven't tried it, but I am sure I saw her demonstrating once on C&C.

If you are tempted by silk, calico and a decent wadding, I would cost it first. Decent fabrics have become very expensive of late!

Margaret
Carol Dodge22/02/2018 16:51:14
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Yes it is expensive. She does do a kit for it, still quite a bit, but I suppose a double quilt in cotton fabrics is not cheap. I just love the design, but don't know how difficult the silk dupion is to work on.

Margaret S22/02/2018 17:08:11
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Generally, silk is difficult to handle. Don't know if dupion frays as badly as some silks where you have to double the seam allowance to 1/2". Also best to use fine silk or wedding dress pins as shows marks.

I had a friend who made a wholecloth quilt in silk and it looked stunning.

If you give in to temptation, I look forward to watching your progress.

Margaret
Eileen Foster22/02/2018 19:21:00
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yes dupion still frays badly. I made my wedding dress from silk dupion and it was a nightmare to sew. Overlocking was my only option.

Carol Dodge23/02/2018 10:26:46
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The design of the quilt is done in blocks. The dupion is backed with fusible interfacing and bondaweb before using ornate stitches on sewing machine, which are then backed with calico and wadding and quilt as you go method is used. Would the fusible interfacing/bondaweb help stop the fraying?

Margaret S23/02/2018 13:51:51
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Yes it would help to reduce it.

One thing you may not have thought of - cleaning it. Would the quilt have to be specialist dry-cleaned?

Margaret
Eileen Foster23/02/2018 18:54:24
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dupion does wash as it is silk. I hand washed my wedding dress and ironed it barely damp and it came up as new.

iron interfacing will reduce fraying substantially but chose the lightest weight you can to maintain the flexibility of the fabric.

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