Quilt Display / August 28, 2017 / Roesia Merle
As we get into November even Indian summer is becoming a distant memory. Now with the last leaves falling off the trees the weather turning sharply colder and the holidays approaching the emphasis seems to be on comfort. Indeed this is the time when people retreat to the comfort of their homes and enjoy meals and snacks that feature "comfort foods." It`s also the season when millions once again retrieve their comforters from quilt racks and keep them on their beds or their favorite easy chairs.
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.
There is a vast collection of books on quilting in existence today. Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts stands out among them. In this book Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi gives African American quilters an emerging group within quilting a voice to be heard and an opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to the field of both art and quilting. Not only does this book outline in detail the beginnings of African American quilting and how it has progressed through the years it also provides stunningly beautiful photographs of quilts in this genre.