I created two identical "Elegantly Amish" quilts (39"x39") to determine if silk dupioni quilts can be washed. Up to this point I was telling my students that silk quilts needed to be dry cleaned. Washing would ruin them. Once a scientist, always a scientist, so I needed to do an experiment. What would happen if I washed a silk quilt? Would it lose its sheen? Would it get distorted? Would it shrink? Would it bleed?
But before I share the results of my experiment, I want to introduce Midnight Quilter aka Ashley Malinowski. She quilted "The Twins".
Ashley is a young woman who recently graduated from college. She purchased a long arm at the end of her senior year of high school. She put herself through college by quilting for others. Although she graduated with a very employable degree, she decided she wanted to keep on longarming to keep in touch with her customers! If you want to read more about her or get in touch to hire her,
visit her website: www.MidnightQuilter.weebly.com
So what happened to The Twins when I gently washed one of the twins in a low suds detergent?
I have presented my newest lecture "Sensational Silk" a couple of times. I am happy to share with other quilters my silk quilts and my tips for quilting with silk. I can now tell them that the quilts can be washed. If you want to read my other tips, check out this LINK.