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01/17/2012 / thriftomancer

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.

Tents of Armageddon - Front

Tents of Armageddon - Back

And my Gee’s Bend-inspired Multi-Housetop that was Phase Three of my stash busting campaign.

Multi-Housetop - Front

Multi-Housetop - Back

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.

ADDENDUM: I’d like to thank Generation Q and Modern Day Quilts for picking this as their post of the week and featured quilt of the day respectively. I really appreciate it!

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.



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  1. serenapotter / Jan 18 2012 1:00 am

    i love your quilts! and all your scientific know how.

    one of my very best, good real life friends is working on her phd in biomedical research…she studies syphilis in rats….my big sis is working on a second masters in epidemiology and bio stats. her first is in library science….so i’m really crushing on your background.

    again thanks for sharing these are terrific.

    • thriftomancer / Jan 18 2012 11:15 pm

      Thanks! And zounds, you’re inundated with science!

      It’s curious, but biomedical engineering was the branch of biology I was originally planning to go into and I’ve been thinking about going back to school for a masters in library science. Kindred spirits, I guess, eh?

  2. Ang / Jan 24 2012 6:38 pm

    Love the color combination on these quilts. So nice!

    And you’re right the gnome thing is a bit creepy. :)

  3. cinzia allocca / Jan 24 2012 7:28 pm

    they’re both stunning!

  4. micki6 / Jan 27 2012 12:07 pm

    Saw your quilt featured on Modern Day Quilts. Great work! Love your blog and your re-use of fabrics.

  5. Kit Lang / Jan 27 2012 6:29 pm

    Similar things happen to us all the time (we have all kinds of things that appear and disappear so regularly that we refer to them as “guests” as in “the guests left a pair of earrings on the bottom step” or “the guests have been entertaining – I found three empty beer bottles and a package of dip in the garden”. We most often leave the offerings where we found them as they go away just as regularly, and nothing of ours has ever been taken. We don’t know what happens in our back yard when we’re at work during the day, but it seems to be quite popular.)

    Perhaps you have guests too? :)

    LOVE your quilts!

  6. linda / Feb 21 2012 10:54 am

    love, love, love those quilts!!! the gnome thing is a little scary!

  7. Anonymous / Jun 26 2012 3:11 pm

    absolutely wonderful
    African American Artist

  8. adrienne / Oct 27 2012 1:00 pm

    The quilts is very nice would like 2 try them…

  9. Tonya Ricucci / Mar 24 2013 10:37 am

    gorgeous quilts – excellent work. congrats!


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