Quilt Display / September 1, 2018 / Emmeline.
For example the soft baby flannel that may be used in the piecing of a clown`s hat may evoke memories of a toy that the quilter`s son once played with in the nursery. The soft pink cotton that once was the out grown nightgown of a clumsy toddler is now the ballerina`s skirt in a children`s quilt of a graceful little girl who grew up and now loves to show her Mommy how much she loves to dance instead of crawling around the house. Or the blue jean train on the newly finished children`s quilt which was once a little boy`s first pair of dungarees. Tonight when he goes to bed and hugs his handmade children`s quilt the story can be told again about the little train on that special children`s quilt a keepsake for years to come with a story to tell.
Often the quilt is a gift from a good friend and they want to display it on a quality rack. Some online retailers stock dozens of models. You will be able to find something that not only meets your budget but also matches your current furniture. If you have a lot of wooden things in your living room already an oak quilt rack might be a good match. Some other people might prefer something metallic. Often steel or brass racks will be available.
Now we are ready to hang our design wall and start using it. We just need to place bits of fabrics blocks or quilt tops on the design wall bring into line the corners and boundaries with the stitching lines. The consistency of the flannel will cause the fabric to fasten. There are times when we can use straight pins to break through the batting. This proves helpful in keeping all the sections in place.
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.