This video shows the steps in building a sample of one of the reactive squares. These squares will be assembled into a completed story quilt.

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Nanotec & textiles

March 16, 2009

Wow, I need all of my clothes to be made out of this material.

Nanotec Textiles

During my time with the Christ Church Sheffield quilt group this weekend, Betsy Garcia showed me some of the other quilt projects she has been working on.

Below is a picture of a round robin quilt that Betsy has been working on with a few friends. I was particularly interested in the applique shapes on the quilt. Betsy gave me a few tips on applique techniques. It is expected that this quilt will take a total of a year to complete.

Round robin quilt

Round robin quilt

The below photos are of a hand-made quilt that Betsy is working on for the Hancock Shaker Village. I was particularly interested in the combination of embroidery and applique techniques used on this quilt.

Tree of life quilt

Tree of life quilt

Tree of life quilt detail

Tree of life quilt detail

Back of tree of life quilt

Back of tree of life quilt

Finally, Betsy showed me a quilting sample that she used to teach a three hour quilting class earlier this year.

Quilting sample

Quilting sample

Quilting detail

Quilting detail

Threads

January 16, 2009

 

Conductive Yarns

Conductive Yarns

 

 

I received these sample threads from Bekaert (http://www.bekaert.com/) to experiment with my quilt. I selected these threads based on their resistance levels. I am hoping that some of them could be used in resistive heating applications if I decide to include thermochromic inks in my quilt. At the very least, these will be useful in building the quilts circuitry and will serve as resistors for the LEDs that will be embedded throughout the quilt.

I quickly sewed some copper to the back of one of my thermochromic ink  samples. The copper has a low resistance. In the video I connected the copper to 9v and 5v. The 9v activated the ink too fast. I think 5v will end up working well. More testing is needed where the copper is fixed more permanently to the back of the inked area.

New Materials

December 7, 2008

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I had some samples shipped from Bekaert, manufacturers in innovative textiles. I probably won’t get to use them before the end of this semester but I’m excited to conduct some testing with them.

Reproduction Fabrics

December 1, 2008

After I told my mom about the Depression era quilt show at the Folk Art Museum, she showed me some quilt squares she made using reproduction fabrics from this period.