Quilt Display / August 22, 2018 / Roesia Merle.
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.
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.
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.
For making the design wall we need to stick the three layers of fabric that go into the making of the quit batting and fastening them together with the help of safety pins. Using a walking foot we need to stitch on the vertical marked line down the center of the fabric and continue sewing vertical lines out to the rim of the fabric. Once that is done we need to stitch the horizontal lines in the same manner. Once the entire vertical as well as the horizontal lines is sewn we need to straighten and square the edges.