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Thursday, December 18, Why I Love Quilts — I love quilts. The cozy feeling I get when snuggled beneath my quilt is like getting a hug from someone I love.
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They are one of the staples in my home that my family has grown to appreciate and love almost as much as I do. But what I feel for quilts is more than just an affinity for the actual, tangible thing that I wrap myself in each night; I love quilts for their mystery and the history they hold in their stitches and for all the memories they pass on for future generations to uncover, treasure and in my case — write about.
To understand just how a quilt can hold memories, it is important to understand what goes into making a quilt. It is a lengthy process that entails design consideration, fabric selection, gathering, cutting, sewing, sewing, and more sewing, block layout, more sewing, then layering, more design consideration for the quilting, more sewing and finally, the finishing process of binding up the unfinished edges. Throughout the quilt making process, knowledge about the maker and a record of the times are often stitched into the folds of the object.
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The mystery comes in trying to decipher this knowledge. Even religious, political and organizational affiliations can be represented in the designs of some quilts, both in the selected design e. I love to find a quilt with little or no history and try to unravel some of the mysteries held within. Signature Block from Quilt. Close Up of Signature.
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The fabrics in quilts are usually quite beautiful. Every image conceivable can be found in both old and modern textiles. I love the variety of design and color, but my real love for the fabrics comes from a different perspective. A family legacy can be found in the fabrics that were selected to make a quilt. Relatives and friends would share bits of fabrics and close examination of quilts from the same community will often reveal many of the same prints — this is often found in signature quilts from the Quaker communities.
The materials used to make a quilt imparts wisdom that bring me closer to understanding the circumstances of the maker, the owner and history of the textiles of the time, and for this reason I love the fabrics. This quilt is full of fabric that I love! Quilt makers often remained anonymous, but many left pseudo-signatures hidden for only the most discerning eye to find. Looking closely at the quilting can reveal a lot about the maker or makers.
Differences in the quality of quilting stitches can reveal a group project such as a quilting bee or perhaps a teacher and student i.
Symbols stitched into the quilting can help define a particular region from which the quilt may have come or an association with a group. See Figure 4. The type of thread used for the quilting two-ply or three can reveal when a quilt was quilted. Occasionally, just the tiniest of initials cross-stitched in a corner can confirm or reject a names associated with the quilt. And sometimes, but not often, a quilt has a goldmine of information stitched into the designs — names, dates, locations, even the occasion for the quilt have all have been found in the quilt stitches.
There is a secret held in the stitches that brings me closer to the legacy waiting to be revealed. Interlocking Rings in the quilting could symbolize an Order of the Odd Fellows affiliation. It takes patience to thoroughly examine a quilt, but my patience is usually rewarded with fragments of information about a person or people, about an unknown place and about the events of a time in history that, without the quilt, may have remained forever lost to posterity. I love the mystery, I love the history, I love quilts.
Thank you so much, Leah, for this thought-provoking guest post! I never would have guessed the mysteries hidden within a quilt I need to go back and look closely at some my grandmother made! Coming from a long line of seamstresses, Libby has yet to sew anything more than the rudimentary button or hem, but on a visit to Connecticut she learns more than just how to sew patchwork. Set in New England and London, this tender story, Libby Morgan: Reunion , follows tenacious Elizabeth Libby Jane Morgan through her thirteenth summer of new adventures at home and abroad.
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She is given a birthday gift of sewing tools and fabric, as well as old family letters to use as templates for making her first quilt. Her keen eye and inquisitive nature draws her family into a mysterious investigation that tests their faith, challenges their ability to forgive, and results in a resurrection and reunion of lost hearts.
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