Link Love: 5 Posts I Refer To Again and Again

30 Mar 2014

The FedEx guy thought this Throne of Pillows thing was hilarious. Pushkin freaking loves it.

What? I need them to be stacked like this for maximum comfort.

I'm a little late with March's Link Love – sorry! We're in the throes of a bad cold over here.

This month's Link Love theme is 5 blog posts I've earmarked for future reference. These are posts I find myself returning to again and again. And as always, you're invited to make a post around this theme on your own blog, and pop the link into the linky thing on Tammy's blog.

Image from the State Museum of Illinois

Albert Small - EPP Wizard

This man is one of my crafty heroes. I haven't found anything on him except this one article on the State Museum of Illinois website, and I go back and look at it when I need an inspirational refresh. Albert Small was a machinist who lived in Illinois in the early 1900's. He had a wide variety of creative hobbies, but in the 1930's, he was teasing his wife's quilting group about their work, and they challenged him to do better.

That touched off a many-years-long mission, in which Mr. Small sought to make English paper pieced quilts with smaller and smaller hexagons. His first quilt used over 36,000 hexagons, each measuring just 1/2". And his third and final quilt used hexies so small, six of them fit under a freaking dime. Head over to that link for more of the story, and photos of the amazing quilts.


Image from Crochet Concupiscence

Vintage Crochet on Crochet Concupiscence

It's no secret that I loves me some vintage craft, and I always love the crochet goodness Kathryn shares on her blog. I know I'm stretching the theme a little, since this link is a category page rather than a post, but I do go back to this page from time to time to catch up on the old-school gorgeousness.

I also wish I could travel back in time and give this model some lessons in free weights.

Image by Cal Patch

Crochet Edging, by Cal Patch on CraftStylish

I've been using this post since way back in 2008, when Cal and I were both CraftStylish contributors. She outlines a really great, simple method for adding a touch of crochet to any jersey garment.

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Online Graph Paper Generator

I'm also stretching the theme with this one, but I use this site all the time. Go there, choose a type of graph paper, fill in the size of the shapes and color of lines you want, and get a dandy graph paper PDF to print from your computer. Such a helpful tool for patchwork designing!


Image by Jeni Baker

The Art of Choosing, on In Color Order

I hesitated to share this one, because I tend to think it's one of those blogs everyone already knows about. But if there's one thing the internet has taught me, it's that everything is always new to someone. So if you haven't yet, do read this series of posts Jeni Baker wrote about cultivating and working with a fabric stash. There's a wealth of useful stuff in here.


Last night I watched the PBS Art of Quilting documentary and was absolutely blown away by Albert Small's work. I'd never heard of him before and was amazed at all those tiny hand-stitched hexagons.

Ooh, and I hadn't heard of that documentary. Can't wait to watch! Thanks, Daisy!

I just realized (when I got the email from Netflix after I finally sent the DVD back!) that I had the name wrong. It was actually A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth, also a PBS documentary. One day I added every quilt documentary I could find on Netflix to my queue, and I got mixed up as to which one they sent!

I'm glad you shared, I had never heard of In Color Order. What an overwhelming series of beautifully photographed fabric! Will have to actually read the posts once I stop drooling.