Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 | By Jackie Kunkel | 10 Comments

Love Those Silks

Within the past year or two, I have begun developing a little bit of a silk stash. It started when my brother and his wife were living in China and I became the recipient of some lovely silks. The first ones are printed like the ones you might see in kimonos. Just gorgeous!! These may end up in a a
crazy quilt. Then I began to collect the silk dupioni’s. I can’t tell you how much I love them.

Yes, silks do fray an unbelievable amount. But that is easily remedied by using a very lightweight fusible interfacing for stabilization. This drastically cuts down on the fraying before cutting. Then they become a dream to piece into a quilt.

You can see some of recent silk acquisitions here:

I am not much of a blue person and have very little in my stash, but couldn’t resist these wonderful Caribbean colors. They take me to a much warmer place. Here is a photo of my tessellating pinwheels done all in silk dupioni. It is reminiscent of Amish colors, but the silk gives it a more elegant feel.

So if you haven’t tried using silks yet, you should give it a go! I know that you will love them. But don’t forget that lightweight fusible interfacing, you will be glad that you did!! I would love to hear about your silk projects, if you have worked on any. So go ahead and leave me a comment!!

Jackie

Canton Village Quilt Works
cvquiltworks.com

About the Author: Jackie Kunkel

I am very passionate about my quilting. I have been quilting as a hobby now for close to 18 years. My husband didn't know what was in store when, I turned it into a business in the year 2000, when I purchased my first Gammill quilting machine and began to quilt customers quilt tops. Since then, I have also been designing quilts and recently took to the lecture circuit. Now, I also own my own online Quilt shop and sell top quality quilting fabric!! I am also an active quilting blogger and publish Quilting Podcasts to iTunes on a monthly basis.  I am usually doing something that is quilt related daily.

10 Comments

  • Pat says:

    Posted March 14, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Great idea to use a lightweight stabilizer with silks. I’ve not worked with silks since I’d been afraid of the fraying. Maybe I’ll get brave enough to try it now.

  • Stephanie says:

    Posted March 14, 2011 at 6:34 am

    You are the Queen of Silks. Gorgeous pile of blues and greens and I can’t wait to see what you make with them.

  • Merete says:

    Posted March 14, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Jackie, your silks are gorgeous!

  • Barbara says:

    Posted March 14, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Enjoyed your post…see, I will follow you anywhere….does that make me a stocker????

  • Nedra- Cactus Needle says:

    Posted March 14, 2011 at 7:40 am

    It’s so fun to see you here too, Jackie! (You DO get around!).
    Your Dupioni silks are beautiful.

  • cherie says:

    Posted March 14, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Jackie, how do you find the time to do all the things you d o? And all of them so well!
    But, keep itup. Love to read about your quilting and non-quilting adventures. :)

  • Linda says:

    Posted March 14, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Wish I had known you before my hubby brought back silk from Vietnam. It is so beautiful but I didn’t interface before cutting. What a mess! Nice post!

  • Sherri says:

    Posted March 14, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Fun post, Jackie!

  • Leslie Cole says:

    Posted March 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Jackie, where do you find the time. Love your posts, the first think I check every day. See you on Thursday. Leslie

  • Em Celebrates says:

    Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Jackie, You are such a delight and the quilting world is more colorful because of you! I have fallen in love with golden fabrics so maybe silks are next for me.

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