Remember the dilemmas I had with this?
Well I have pretty much solved both problems ...
Problem number 1
How do I baste this without leaving pin holes all over the silk?
Solution: Hobbs Heirloom fusible batting. The down sides of this method were that it came in a neatly folded parcel which meant there were lots of creases on the batting that were difficult to get out. Also, the 'hold' of the batting once ironed was relatively temporary so I still needed to do some pinning ... but only in the cotton bits of the quilt.
Problem number 2
How do I transfer my design onto the silk for quilting in such a way that I'm not left with loads of horrible marks?
Solution: As mentioned in a previous post, I opted for 'Press 'n Seal'. It was a little bit like trying to sew through a condom and left my fingers pretty black after a sewing session.
Otherwise, this solution worked quite well but I still managed to leave some pen marks on the silk which I am hoping will come out at the dry cleaners after I've finished off the binding. (I think the solution is to use a different colour marker. I suspect I still would have been able to see the design if I'd used a red marker).
Here are some shots of the work-in-progress:
This last one is a little hard to see. The red-on-red quilting is pretty subtle. But it's a tree .... really it is.
The next one might give any Hebrew speakers a hint on what this quilt is destined to be used for.
I'll keep you posted.