Quilt Display / August 29, 2018 / Lucille.
Many elderly people remember being taught as children how to crochet a practice handed down through the family for years. The exact beginning of this special craft has been argued for years with many countries claiming this honor. In our own country the first English settlers did it in order to provide various garments for the family. Crochet quilts were often made for babies. Originally used to create such things as lace and other adornments it was soon found practical for clothing and bed coverings. For many years afghans were a favorite and many won ribbons at county fairs. They were especially appreciated for their practical use when someone was ill.
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.
People who do not particularly like to make quilts using material and a sewing machine have found that they can make beautiful quilts by crocheting. When placed on a bed the quilts stand out with their bright colors and complicated designs. It has been found that designs such as Dresden plate are lovely when done by crochet. Anyone who has done any of the basic crochet stitches can complete a crochet quilt. The result is a beautiful creation that unlike a regular handmade or purchased quilt does not need a filler. In addition it has the advantage that it can be turned and the same beautiful pattern is on the other side.
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.