Beautiful Beaufort and beautiful silk...
Last week I spoke with a wonderful bunch of ladies at the Beaufort, South Carolina quilt guild. While there, the kids, my mom, and I took a walking tour of the picturesque town and, I have to say, I don't think there could have been a more appropriate place to talk about Veranda, because we were surrounded by them.
While I was gone Robert Kaufman sent me some of their Radiance silk to play with. It is gorgeous and ironable! I tried a bunsh of different things with it: Drunkard's Path, fusible applique, needle-turned applique (not so easy!), flying geese, bias tape making, until I finally tried paper-piecing.
Radiance has a lovely sheen, but it is slippery. Sewing on top of the paper stabilizes the silk, prevents the seams from being pulled into the machine, and gives a much cleaner result. (The paper-pieced portion is the long triangles in the lower left. You can see how much crisper that area is.)
Now I just need to get some more colors (a light aqua would be lovely!) and design a new project!