Halette. Quilt Display. August 24th , 2017.
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.
These often included quilts that had been stitched by friends of the women of the departing families, as keepsakes of people and places that they weren`t likely to see, ever again. Along the trails, quilts were used for many things, besides bedding. While friendship and heirloom quilts were frequently kept in trunks, or used for wrapping fine china, and other delicate items, everyday quilts were folded, and used as cushions on the rigid wagon seats. During blinding dust storms, people would hang their quilts across openings, and stuff them into cracks, to keep debris and dirt out of the wagons.
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.
It wouldn`t really be a big problem if you have multiple pieces to hang on your quilt racks. You can buy quilt racks that have a tower-like effect, which allows you to hang 2 or more expandable rods on top of each other by using clips or S-hooks. You can also connect several quilt racks together using a guild hub, so you can arrange them in different directional patterns.
Observe a playground of 3 year olds playing for a few minutes. They are the busiest little independent group of individuals. Each can make you smile, cause you sleepless nights, and give you the most love and joy you have ever experienced in your life. As a quilter, designing a children`s quilt is much like these little ones on the playground. Each of the unique children`s quilts stand alone in a sea of other unique handmade baby quilts, yet all belong to the collection entitled, "Children`s Quilts." The quilter smiles and sews, thinking of the child, who will cuddle under the quilt each night. Yet, those late nights spent making sure the children`s quilt meets with the high expectation of its maker, if not, long hours will be spent until the problem is resolved. But as the quilter adds the last stitches to the finished project, she knows that unique handmade quilt, will become another keepsake to her growing collection of the children`s quilts.
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