Quilt Display / August 20, 2018 / Alita.
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.
It was not until the 1970s that this unique category of quilts came to be recognized and regarded as "official" by the larger quilting community. However these so-called experts while taking a step in the right direction inadvertently caused more harm initially. They stated that African American quilts in order to be categorized as such had to fall within certain narrowly defined parameters and made by black women who resided in a particular geographical region of the United States. This then meant that the vast majority of African American quilters were still left virtually unrecognized and unwelcomed into the quilting community as their work fell neither in the category of traditional quilting or within the newly defined category of African American quilting.
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.
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.