Layered Scissors Artwork

About this Quilt

Designed By : Julie B. Booth

“‘Inside Nanny’s Sewing Basket: Three Pairs, One Ornate,’ was created to honor my maternal grandmother. After she passed away, I inherited her sewing basket. Inside were wonderful treasures, including wooden spools of silk twist, colorful paper needle cases, an assortment of buttons, a robin’s egg blue darning egg, and three small pairs of scissors. I feel a particular connection to these everyday sewing tools used by my grandmother. They remind me of my close bond with her and our common loves. Images of these precious items are now making their way into my artwork.” – Julie B. Booth

Get all the instructions you need for this project and more in the August/September 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.


  • Pair of heirloom sewing scissors
  • Tracing paper
  • Light box or window
  • Easy-to-carve print block linoleum large enough for traced image. (I used Speedball® Speedy Carve™.)
  • Spoon
  • Linoleum carving tool set with #1, #2, #3 and #5 tips
  • Craft knife (I used an X-acto® knife.)
  • 100% cotton fabric large enough to accommodate your block print design
  • Cotton fabric for testing the print block
  • Black transparent fabric paint (I used Pēbēo Setacolor.)
  • Padded printing surface
  • Glass palette
  • Dense foam brayer
  • Stabilizing fabric, such as felted wool, the same dimension as the printed cotton
  • Hand-painted cheesecloth
  • Crewel embroidery needle, size 5
  • Glass head pins
  • Embroidery floss (I used black, and two values to contrast with my background fabric.)
  • #8 Perle cotton


  • Cell phone or camera
  • Photo editing software

Featured art quilt: “Inside Nany’s Sewing Basket: Three Pairs, One Ornate” by Julie B. Booth

Pick up your copy of Quilting Arts Magazine August/September 2018 for these instructions and more!