Friday, October 9, 2009

Silk Coat Part 1

In preparation for the Houston show I have been in the process of designing a coat to wear that would not only highlight our Superior Metallic threads, but also demonstrate how various stitching techniques can be applied to clothing.

I wanted to create a section of quilted yardage that would be used as a piece of fabric for the coat.

First I took a piece of green silk, #24 Green Apple Superior Metallic, and a polyester lining for the backing to Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts. We used a wool bat for the middle that is light weight and gives the silk more loft.

Next I marked the length of the coat on the silk and requested she stitch a design that would not be too large. I wanted something simple that would remain soft for a long vest or coat.
You can see what the silk looked like before the stitching was complete.
Didn't Judi do a beautiful job? All of the work is created in free hand motion on Judi's A-1 longarm machine, and she used all but one yard of the 1,090 yards of metallic thread.
Next blog: Part 2/ The fitting.


  1. WOW!!! Absolutely beautiful. I hope you will show pictures of the finished project. Is there a video available that teaches how to do that type of intricate quilting? How did you know that a wool batt gives silk more loft? Did Judi need to overlay the silk with a stabilizer? That color will look stunning on you.

  2. beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished project.


  3. *gasp!!* That is absolutely stunning!!! Can't wait to see Part 2.

  4. This is beautiful, Judi's quilting is gorgeous. Can't wait to see this project finished. The jacket I'm working on does not compare at all.
    Keep Stitchen'

  5. A W E S O M E ! Hope you will post a photo since I can;t get to Houston this year to see it in person!

  6. Ditto everybody else. Just wish I could see and touch it.

  7. OH. MY. GOODNESS. thequiltedsky asks some very good questions. I want to see everything. That looks like museum quality stitching to me. The coat will probably be worth thousands of $$$$.

  8. Wow!!! Would I ever love to be able to do something like that!!! Let us see the finished coat, it will be amazing!