International Quilt Study Center and Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a site that not enough quilters know about.
The collection houses the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. also their holdings are not limited to just American quilts as there are over 3500 quilts that range from from the early 1700s to the present and more than 25 countries are represented.
The online data base is easy to use and if type in a key word of crazy quilt there are enough returns to keep you browsing over your lunch hour.
I got totally side tracked this morning playing with colour.
Adobe has a free web based colour tool called
You can use it to create colour schemes, share them if you choose and store them if you want.
You can use a colour wheel to create colour schemes. In this case I have used a compound scheme.
The other way to find colour schemes is from a photograph. You can upload an image as I did, or you can use flickr photos.
There is a community areas and you can browse the colour themes they have shared for inspiration. Kuler is well worth exploring as I think many readers will find it useful and fun.
Adobe has also produced this informative video tutorial about Kuler
Thanks for the reminder about this tool goes to
Liz of Y-Knot Blog
Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books is a site that will be of interest to those who are interested in the book and paper arts or do mixed media collage pieces. There is also loads of design inspiration.
The site houses over 2,630 high-resolution free images which have been scanned from old and rare books. Images are tagged and described well so it makes for interesting browsing.
Scanned Images, Engravings and Pictures From Old Books is definitely worth browsing and bookmarking so make a cuppa and take a look there are some real gems there.
A bit of favourites tidy up led me to this interesting website.
This collection of
Embroidery from Boston is exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA).
There are a few band samplers in the collection so if you have been following the regular series about my band sampler and it has created a little interest you may wish to browse this site.
(Please note Flash must be installed in your browser to view it)
The next exhibit I have recently stumbled across was found via this piece on YouTube.
I think YouTube is a great way to promote an exhibition in this case it is highlighting the pieces in American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity which is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
You can learn more about
American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity here