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When you think of patchwork, you traditionally think of quilting cottons. But there's no rule saying you have to use cotton. In fact, if you're a regular Sew4Home visitor, you know we love to experiment with different fabric substrates. Today, we're adding luxury into the mix with silk dupioni. This type of silk is made from twin cocoons naturally bonded together. The bumps in the fabric, they're really called 'slubs', are the result of this bonding. Dupioni is often woven from two different colors of threadpersonalized newborn baby gifts, giving it a shimmering, color-shifting appearance. We chose a jewel-box color blend of Tiffany blue, glittering silver, burnished gold, and rich ebony. Our pillows work together as a pair, and our supply list is structured to allow you to buy the correct amount of fabric to make both.

Silk or cotton - any pillow's beauty is only skin deep, because when it comes to a truly professional finish, what's on the inside makes the outside look and feel the best it can be. Our thanks to Fairfield?(the makers of Poly-Fil? and so much more) for providing their amazing Soft Touch pillow forms for our Jewel Box Pillow Pair.

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Our silks were chosen from the great selection at Fabric Depot. Silk dupioni is sturdy and substantial; it feels almost like taffeta. It's very easy to sew with and holds a crease well. However, it does not stretch at all so make sure your cuts are straight and true. We provide pattern downloads for our triangles to insure the best patchwork precision.

We also show you very specific assembly diagrams as well as a key for how to cut each triangle color with the proper grain direction. This is extremely important. The beautiful texture of the silk dupioni gives it a very distinct grain; if your triangles are not carefully cut, you'll end up with the grain going every which way, destroying the pretty look.

We have a great tutorial on Sewing with Silk if you are new to working with this fabric type.

If you are new to patchwork, you might also want to check out our Five-Part Quilting Basics Series. It's?designed to help beginning quilters get started. We explain the fundamentals of quilting, including the various tools you’ll need (and may already have), cutting techniques, how to create quilt blocks from basic shapes, piecing tips and techniques, and actual quilt stitching.

This Jewel Box color combination is one of our favorites, but in honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, below is a sketch of how the pillows might look in warm tones of rose and pink. We used the following colors of silk dupioni from Fabric Depot: Claret, Fuchsia, Cantaloupe and Soft Pink.

Our pillow set finishes at approximately 18" x 18" and 14" x 28".

Supplies shown are for a set of TWO pillows and allow enough to account for the precise cutting required to insure the obvious grain/slubs of the silk dupioni are correctly oriented on all the pieces.

Using the layout and grain directional drawings above as your key, and Triangle #1 as your pattern, cut the following from the four colors of Silk Dupioni. Label your groups with their letters to insure you can remember which is which so all the grain matches up. A small piece of low-tack tape works well or try the Alphabitties from Fat Quarter Shop.?

Using the layout and grain directional drawings above as your key, and Triangle #2 as your pattern, cut the following from the four colors of Silk Dupioni. Label your groups with their letters to insure you can remember which is which so all the grain matches up.?A small piece of low-tack tape works well or try the?Alphabitties from Fat Quarter Shop.?

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Project Design: Alicia Thommas?Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild

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