Quilt Display / August 25, 2018 / Calandre.
As we get into November even Indian summer is becoming a distant memory. Now with the last leaves falling off the trees the weather turning sharply colder and the holidays approaching the emphasis seems to be on comfort. Indeed this is the time when people retreat to the comfort of their homes and enjoy meals and snacks that feature "comfort foods." It`s also the season when millions once again retrieve their comforters from quilt racks and keep them on their beds or their favorite easy chairs.
In choosing the correct yarn it is important that the correct kind be chosen. No one wants to do the work required to crochet a quilt and then have it not last very long because of a poor yarn choice. Worsted weight yarn seems to be the most popular type. It is important that instructions be kept regarding what needs to be done when it is necessary to clean the quilt so it is not ruined by incorrect cleaning. Many of the quilts are simply crotched blocks that are then put together with a tapestry needle. This is simple when something like a Nine Patch Quilt is made.
It was not until the 1970s that this unique category of quilts came to be recognized and regarded as "official" by the larger quilting community. However these so-called experts while taking a step in the right direction inadvertently caused more harm initially. They stated that African American quilts in order to be categorized as such had to fall within certain narrowly defined parameters and made by black women who resided in a particular geographical region of the United States. This then meant that the vast majority of African American quilters were still left virtually unrecognized and unwelcomed into the quilting community as their work fell neither in the category of traditional quilting or within the newly defined category of African American quilting.
Observe a playground of 3 year olds playing for a few minutes. They are the busiest little independent group of individuals. Each can make you smile cause you sleepless nights and give you the most love and joy you have ever experienced in your life. As a quilter designing a children`s quilt is much like these little ones on the playground. Each of the unique children`s quilts stand alone in a sea of other unique handmade baby quilts yet all belong to the collection entitled "Children`s Quilts." The quilter smiles and sews thinking of the child who will cuddle under the quilt each night. Yet those late nights spent making sure the children`s quilt meets with the high expectation of its maker if not long hours will be spent until the problem is resolved. But as the quilter adds the last stitches to the finished project she knows that unique handmade quilt will become another keepsake to her growing collection of the children`s quilts.