Monthly Archives: May 2014

Buttons

buttons for sale        I love buttons, especially old white ones made of mother of pearl.

The tribes of the Northwest coast made (and still make) button blankets with black and red wool and white buttons. The images and color combinations are bold.

NW Button blanket

This was made by a member of the Haida tribe in 1900.haida1900

In quilts I have only used buttons for eyes. This man, woman and dog were part of my first quilt which I made in a class with Sandy Bonsib. She taught us many traditional patterns, as well as how to design and piece our own imagery, such as this man, woman and dog.

Paschkis quilt manPaschkis quilt ladypaschkis quilt dog

Someday I would like to use LOTS of buttons on a quilt. As inspiration I will look at the Pearly Queens and Kings of England “wiv buttons galore”.

pearly queen

pearly king

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