Babette. Quilt Display. August 27th , 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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