Quilt Display / September 2, 2018 / Halette.
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.
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.
A further piece of good news is that a design wall is not difficult to make at all. However we must take certain aspects into consideration. The larger the area of the wall the bigger the design wall can be. It is best to have the design wall on a wall that you can stand at least eight feet away from. The best way to analyze a design is to review it standing away from it. The next decision to be taken is whether the design wall needs to be portable or fixed. If portable then it needs to be small in size.
Mazloomi discusses how initially the work of African American quilters was largely ignored by the traditional quilting community as it did not conform to traditional commonly-held practices and beliefs surrounding quilting. Quilts created by African American quilters had naturally been influenced by the African culture from which the quilters and their ancestors had come. Even in the quilts of today the use of bold strong vibrant color can be seen in the quilts of their black creators.