Quilt Display / August 17, 2018 / Lucille.
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.
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.
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.
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.