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Quilt Your Stash

Dressing Gown made from old silk shirts

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The Quilt My Stash contest gave me inspiration (and motivation) to do something with my collection of old silk shirts. They were out of fashion and well worn but I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of them, so they have been sitting in a drawer for more than a decade.  I was looking through a book of quilt designs for something that would make use of all the different colors I had, and found a picture of a Bargello quilt, which was perfect. I decided to make a dressing gown – I know the contest rules are looking for a “party ensemble” – but I look at this as either a “getting ready for the party” or maybe “morning after the party” ensemble!

I only started working on it at the end of April, so I did have to use a few shortcuts like fusing instead of stitching the lining (machine quilting it would have been a nightmare on my 26 year old Kenmore) (hint, hint), plus fusing strengthened the patchwork, which was rather fragile because the silk was thin and there were so many seams.

I took all the pictures with my iphone, and created the merged images on my computer.


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  1. KharminJ | | #1

    That's beautiful, Cathy - and What a lot of work! I've only sewn silk charmeuse a few times, and used far too much bad language to ever consider a piecework like this.
    good luck in the Contest!

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    CathyNacov | | #2

    Thank you Kharmin! Yes, there were several episodes of bad language, mostly when I put the colors in the wrong order!
    and it looks like I didn't even make it to the top 10. Oh well. I guess I should've made a pillow...

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