This Tool Does all the Quilt Math for You; More

This Tool Does all the Quilt Math for You; More

A Website that Does Quilt Math for You, How to Finish a Quilt, and a Recent Finish Here’s a post for you with links to a website to help with quilt math, various methods for binding or otherwise finishing a quilt, and a quilt that we made last week. I was...
Seven Ways to Make Your Own Quilt Labels

Seven Ways to Make Your Own Quilt Labels

Why Label Your Quilts? It’s important to sign your artwork, and for quilts, that means making a label and sewing it on.  My family has a wealth of quilts made by Grandma, and it’s already hard to remember, when did she make this one?  Which kid was it...
How to Print Cyanotypes

How to Print Cyanotypes

What is a Cyanotype? Cyanotypes are a photographic process where sensitized paper or fabric is exposed to the sun (or other UV light source) in order to make an artistic print. The process was invented in 1842 by Sir John Frederick William Herschel, who wanted a quick...
Mother of Pearl Buttons, Made in Illinois

Mother of Pearl Buttons, Made in Illinois

I’m just back from a conference where I had a full circle experience about mother of pearl buttons, and I have some cool pictures to show you, about how buttons used to be made. My state arts advocacy organization, the Arts Alliance IL, holds a conference called...
Artists and Writers Who Work Seasonally

Artists and Writers Who Work Seasonally

Seasons of Life and of Art Making There’s this idea about seasons of life – for example, being a mother to babies and toddlers can feel like it will last forever, and that she’ll never get back to her regular life – and it helps to think of...

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