Quilt Display / August 31, 2018 / Pierrette Segal.
In olden days pioneer families that braved the hostile westward trails in hopes of finding new land and new lives had to stock up on supplies as they prepared for their journeys. They needed provisions that would not only assist with their safe passage but would help them to survive when they reached their destinations. Along with several months` worth of food ammunition and clothing it was recommended that every family pack enough bedding to last for a few years with two or three quilts or blankets per person.
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.
Many elderly people remember being taught as children how to crochet a practice handed down through the family for years. The exact beginning of this special craft has been argued for years with many countries claiming this honor. In our own country the first English settlers did it in order to provide various garments for the family. Crochet quilts were often made for babies. Originally used to create such things as lace and other adornments it was soon found practical for clothing and bed coverings. For many years afghans were a favorite and many won ribbons at county fairs. They were especially appreciated for their practical use when someone was ill.
You must agree that there is something vibrant and homely about seeing quilts hanging on a wall. Using wall quilt racks this can be easily done as the online suppliers offer you all the hardware necessary in the form of clamps and you can also have some extra batting pieces to keep behind the quilt in order to thickness to the clamp. Some of the wall mounts display the quilt flat while others do so in pleated or gathered form.