Quilt Display / August 20, 2018 / Fauna.
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.
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 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.