Quilt Display / August 21, 2018 / Halette.
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.
For making the design wall we need to stick the three layers of fabric that go into the making of the quit batting and fastening them together with the help of safety pins. Using a walking foot we need to stitch on the vertical marked line down the center of the fabric and continue sewing vertical lines out to the rim of the fabric. Once that is done we need to stitch the horizontal lines in the same manner. Once the entire vertical as well as the horizontal lines is sewn we need to straighten and square the edges.
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.
These often included quilts that had been stitched by friends of the women of the departing families as keepsakes of people and places that they weren`t likely to see ever again. Along the trails quilts were used for many things besides bedding. While friendship and heirloom quilts were frequently kept in trunks or used for wrapping fine china and other delicate items everyday quilts were folded and used as cushions on the rigid wagon seats. During blinding dust storms people would hang their quilts across openings and stuff them into cracks to keep debris and dirt out of the wagons.