Quilt Display / September 1, 2017 / Marveille
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.
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.
Fortunately the definition of African American quilting became broader in the 1980s ironically enough because of the pioneering work of such women as Dr. Mazloomi herself along with a number of her contemporaries. The first African American quilting guild was formed as a result of an advertisement placed by Mazloomi in a magazine; nine women responded. Today the Women of Color Quilter`s Network has approximately 1700 members some of whom are accomplished artists speakers and authors themselves. Similar guilds have since been formed.