Quilt Display / August 24, 2018 / Roesia Merle.
With a preface written by Faith Ringgold and a foreword written by Cuesta Benberry also quilters writers and researchers within their own right Spirits of the Cloth can be considered to be an academic work within the field of African American quilting. As a quilter researcher writer historian curator and lecturer regarded as an authority on the subject Dr. Mazloomi`s scholarly work provides the uninitiated with a wealth of information on a topic virtually unknown before the latter quarter of the 20th century. The text highlights 150 quilts referred to by the author as the "stories" of the artists who created them.
A further piece of good news is that a design wall is not difficult to make at all. However we must take certain aspects into consideration. The larger the area of the wall the bigger the design wall can be. It is best to have the design wall on a wall that you can stand at least eight feet away from. The best way to analyze a design is to review it standing away from it. The next decision to be taken is whether the design wall needs to be portable or fixed. If portable then it needs to be small in size.
For example the soft baby flannel that may be used in the piecing of a clown`s hat may evoke memories of a toy that the quilter`s son once played with in the nursery. The soft pink cotton that once was the out grown nightgown of a clumsy toddler is now the ballerina`s skirt in a children`s quilt of a graceful little girl who grew up and now loves to show her Mommy how much she loves to dance instead of crawling around the house. Or the blue jean train on the newly finished children`s quilt which was once a little boy`s first pair of dungarees. Tonight when he goes to bed and hugs his handmade children`s quilt the story can be told again about the little train on that special children`s quilt a keepsake for years to come with a story to tell.
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.