Thankfully I found this excellent blog post about preparing silk ties for quilts, by Mamaka Mills. I nervously chucked the ties into the wash and voila, they were clean and still perfect. I even put the finished quilt into the wash (40 C) and dryer (light heat with frequent checks) and I’m glad I did because the dryer really finished off the lovely quilted look. So it can be done… but I definitely wouldn’t do it often if I want to preserve it.
The front is made entirely from a white tablecloth, blue apron, two silk ties and two men’s shirts. For the back I chose Liberty Tana Dawn Meadow because the colours were so complimentary and since it’s for a grandmother to use– I liked the traditional and beautiful style of Liberty. Binding in the same Liberty.
It’s 4′ x 3′, perfect for a couch lap quilt to keep warm reading a book.
Hope she likes it…