The Burn Test + Finished Quilts
No, this isn’t a part of Flammable Week, it was just thematically convenient.
This handy-dandy chart shows you how to identify the fiber content of fabric via a burn test, which is exactly what it sounds like. You take a small sample of the material in question, light it on fire, then observe how it burns and examine the ashes to figure out what it was. Since different fibers burn/melt/don’t burn in telling ways, you can usually come to a fairly accurate conclusion as to fiber content.
That image is really all you need, but a full tutorial can be found here.
Also, here are the two quilts I finished back around Thanksgiving. Would’ve shown them off earlier, but I didn’t get a good opportunity to photograph them until recently due to nearly constant rain and other miserable meteorological occurrences throughout December.
My Tents of Armageddon quilt, front and back.
And my Gee’s Bend-inspired Multi-Housetop that was Phase Three of my stash busting campaign.
I’m quite happy with how they turned out.
Also, note the gnomes. It was a very windy day when I took these photos, so the gnomes were useful weights to hold the quilts down and steady (they’re made of cast iron and concrete respectively). Thing is, I have no idea where they’re from or how they came to be in my yard. It’s a little unsettling.
Also, for those who were wondering, I looked into the mystery of the gnomes and finally got some answers. It appears the little blighters belong to my mother, who set them up around the house to mess with me. (Thanks mum. Love you too.) Cuts down on the mystery, but when it involves something as sinister as garden gnomes I must admit I prefer knowing it’s an impish prank and not an invasion of malicious tchotchkies.