After a frustrating search for a recipe I had bookmarked on my computer, I decided to do some sorting and tossing. In the process I found websites I had bookmarked with the notion of passing them along. Perhaps you’ll find them useful.
To wash or not to wash fabric for quilts is often discussed without any definitive answers. Here’s two articles on this issue. One, from Craftsy, gives tips for when to wash and how to wash for best results. The other, from That’s What She Sewed, reports shrink test results for fabric squares from 13 different manufacturers. There were surprising differences in shrinkage and fraying among the fabrics tested. I always wash my washable fabrics, mostly because I began my stash that way, and I don’t want to combine washed and unwashed. Also, I sometimes use old clothes, linens, and fabrics of unknown origin; and I have no idea what might be in/on them. That said, it probably makes no difference for wall quilts I’ll never wash.
Another aspect of textile care is vintage quilts. The Smithsonian’s Division of Textiles prepared a fact sheet on Victorian silk quilts. Vacuuming is the only way they recommend to clean them. They should be stored in a dry, dark area. So much for draping Aunt Clara’s crazy quilt over a chair.
Since quilters always moan about math, here’s a link to quilters’ reference cards you can print out. The most useful for me is the conversion from fractions of yards to inches, though the fractions to decimals card looks handy as well. I still remember how to do these conversions, but the calculator is kept downstairs and I’m lazy.
Of course I have to include a link to a small project, potholders for example. I like these instructions because you don’t have to bind the edges and you make a nice large hanging loop.
And just because, here’s a link to knitted botanicals. Never in a thousand years would I have thought of knitting a tiger lily. However, Tatyana Yanishevsky did.