Quilt Display / September 2, 2018 / Lucille.
As with a handmade quilt each block is put in a certain color pattern for the overall effect. There is nothing better than to create something that will last for years and be handed down to future generations. That is what happens with a beautiful crochet quilt that has been made with love and care. In addition all who view it will remark on the amount of work that had to be done and admire the person who was able to complete such a thrilling piece of art.
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.
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.
Some people initially try to just keep it in the living room keeping it on a couch so it can be easily used. But individuals quickly realize that this is not going to be a good long term solution. No matter how much instruction and scolding is given to kids the quilt will frequently end up on the floor. This will get it dirty. And if it is stepped on over time it will eventually get torn. The other option is to simply store it in a closet.