Quilt Display / August 26, 2018 / Marveille.
How does the story of each unique quilt begin? As a quilter commences her initial design work thoughts grow and develop from the design board to the sewing machine. Each of her children`s quilts tells its own story as the pieces are cut from carefully chosen fabrics sewn carefully into patterns. The story`s is illustrated through color design and texture. Whether the quilter has a special child in mind as she sews and quilts or if the quilter is designing and quilting for the love of her art either way the children`s quilts come to life step by step.
In olden days pioneer families that braved the hostile westward trails in hopes of finding new land and new lives had to stock up on supplies as they prepared for their journeys. They needed provisions that would not only assist with their safe passage but would help them to survive when they reached their destinations. Along with several months` worth of food ammunition and clothing it was recommended that every family pack enough bedding to last for a few years with two or three quilts or blankets per person.
To a typical person a quilt might seem like a normal piece of bedding. But for many quilt owners this could not be further from the truth. Often they are one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Almost always they are hand made either by the owner or from a good friend. They have intricate designs and take dozens if not hundreds of hours to create. However since they are stitched together they usually don`t hold up to wear-and-tear like mass-manufactured blankets from a factory. This poses a dilemma for many owners.
It allows her to stand back and assess the flow of colors the combination effect and the effects of various patterns in a current quilt making project. In the initial stages a design wall helps us to cut out and accumulate block or appliqué pieces to assess whether the selection and combination of colors are working. As work progresses we can also mount each new section as and when we finish so that we can assess the work and make necessary changes. You can make various color adjustments in the borders based on what you perceive about the middle of the quilt while it hangs on the design wall.