Unlike UK aristrocrats, I am still recovering from childbirth (in the 90s), and have nothing new to show off. But I have read some fascinating quilt-related articles in the past couple of weeks. Articles about:
- Touch quilts for people with dementia: Wonderfully inspiring examples at http://www.quirkyquilt.com/. Also, a longer article about how the Ottawa Quilters Guild makes touch quilts, here.
- Quilt illustrates 19th century science! This quilt was made by an Iowa woman named Ellen Harding Baker, born in 1847, who used it to illustrate her astronomy lectures!
Apparently astronomy was an acceptable science for women! Read the whole story here.
- A bargain at twice the price. When someone gasps at the price of your quilts, send them this excellent explanation.
- Why use fabric when you can use 16 mm film strips that were formerly documentaries about textile crafts? That's what Brooklyn, NY artist Sabrina Gschwandtner did, and they are awesome! Read more here, and another terrific article here,
- Is orange the new avocado green? It made headlines (though not quite as many as the royal baby): Kraft Mac and Cheese is cutting back on the synthetic colorants that create their iconic fluorescent color. Read the ominous news here. Does that mean orange quilts may go away? Not when there are vintage beauties like these (from ebay's past:)
However! Here's one of my past projects that makes even appalling orange fabric (this was an orange-and-brown-batik halter top set that my mother wore in the 70s) look good.
Here are the directions. There's plenty of time before Halloween!