Quilt Display / August 24, 2018 / Babette.
In such instances our only recourse may be to grab our beloved dependable quilts and wrap ourselves in their soft soothing warmth. Truly it`s no wonder that quilts are referred to as comforters or even more to the point security blankets. Actually they have been calming furrowed brows for centuries during a long colorful history that is steeped in tradition. Because they have customarily been given as gifts and made from pieces of worn-out clothing linens and other materials of significance to the recipient the sentimental value of quilts increases many times over.
Of course things being what they are it doesn`t take harsh weather to cause us to feel the need for some consolation. No-o! These days the perils of routine living alone can put us on edge. Then throw in the state of the world and the economy and it`s enough to send anyone running for cover. Although we often seek out the people who normally support us during trying times in many cases they`re just as overwhelmed as we are.
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.
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.