Quilt Square Competition: Popular Vote for Fall 2021

Voting for this competition has been postponed to our in-person show in September.

Here are the requirements for this innovative competition :

 Quilt Block Design from Buttons. Mary Jane Pozarcyki, $15, $10 $5.  Pick your favorite quilt block(s) pattern. Use as many buttons as you want and create that pattern using your buttons of different colors. Craft buttons can be glued to mat board or wood, something like that.  Collectible buttons (especially those with shanks) are to be sewn to fabric or mounted on cardboard with wire. Tip:  You can back your fabric with batting and/or plastic needle point canvas to help stabilize your design, or even frame it in a shadow box frame. Beads may be added to embellish your design. Minimum size 6″ square, maximum.

Popular Vote entry 1Cactus Flower’ pattern
Popular vote entry 2 “Cathedral windows” pattern
#3 Thunderbird


Information Please! Help with shell buttons:

For the Zoom Q&A on February 15 at 2 p.m. I will ask — why does this button have concnetric circles of different colors, yet it feels smooth, with everything on the same plane? It’s a thin button, but could thinner layers have been inserted? Sew through with etching, steels, and possible inlay?

For the Zoom Q&A on shell, I am asking — is this a shell button? What material surrounds the shell? Composition? Horn? So is it Composition with inlay pearl and inlay mirrors? (What are the shiny circles called, and what are they called when they are not shiny but black?

This is a ball with mirrors. Is there a better term for it? What is the ball material? Ivory? My grandmother had thse in different sizes and she died in 1953, so I know it’s before then.
The “cage like” nature of this pierced shell button fascinates me. Is there a name for it? It has a yellow metal back. Was it carved from one piece of shell with different layers?
This is an 18th century shell, pierced, with paste. But what the black that shows through? It has a metal back

The surface of this shell with little mirrors is SO bumpy with facets that it almost seeems as if the facets themselvees are what shines. The back is green.
Does the six point star count as a religious symbol or as an astronomical body? Here is another thin button that I think might have been done in layers. Or is it all one piece/
Is this sew through painted or is at transfer or decal. I think it is oyster shell. is t