Quilted Comfort


Country MoonOh, the sweet memories of snuggling under a heavy quilt (or two or three) when the wind howled outside and snow banked up to the windowsills. The bedroom usually had little or no heat but it was so toasty warm under all those heavy covers. Since those quilts were usually sewn with love by mothers and grandmothers, they warmed the soul too.

With all the modern conveniences of today, I have since opted for the comfort of an electric blanket to warm the bed prior to retiring but after the bed is warm I still snuggle under the old quilts. There is nothing like the best of both worlds.

One of the oldest of American traditions, quilt making has been passed down through the ages, with a few new twists added through the years. The foremost purpose of a quilt was for warmth but since homes have become better insulated, people have become more creative in their uses for these gems. Aside from making beautiful bedspreads, they are used for wall hangings, table runners, placemats and some clothing such as quilted vests.

Special photo quilts are made by printing digital photos on special fabric backed with paper. Then the photo blocks are sewn together with plain fabric blocks to form a pattern. These make treasured keepsakes to be passed down through the generations. Sometimes old jeans or T-shirts are cut into blocks and made into quilts honoring a loved one or remembering a special ball team or some other event. These quilt blocks are the photo or patterned fabric that is repeated with plain-colored blocks to form the design of the quilt.

“Paper” quilting was popular in pioneer days. Paper was used as a pattern and each individual piece of cut fabric was basted around the paper pattern. Paper was a good insulator and was also scarce so women would use old letters and newspaper clippings. Little did they know they were preserving history because these pieces of paper later became a primary source of information about life in colonial times.

There are literally thousands of different quilt patterns, with new ones being created all the time. Some are timeless such as the Lonestar, Wedding Ring and Giant Star. In colonial times, the main focus was just to have enough material to make a quilt, using whatever scraps were on hand. Many times an old blanket or worn-out quilt was used as the middle layer of the new one.

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Lois, last year when clearing out the basement from years of stuff being stored there, I came across a stack of quilts. I don't know where they came from or how they got there but I suspect my wife who was border line hoarder collected them from some where. I vaguely remember a couple so perhaps there's some family history there but I really don't know what it is. ***** I was also given a queen size bed spread that was given to my cousin as a wedding present that was crocheted by my mother. It's a beautiful white bed spread made from blocks that have a 3-D red rose in each block. My mother was an amazing seamstress and could sew anything she could see. I'm not sure she made any traditional quilts but knitting and crocheting were her skills. It once took nearly 20 years to complete a small hook crocheted table cloth that was long enough to cover the extended many leaf table we had for special occasions. It looked like a humongous doily. I can't imagine how many hours were spent working on that project. ***** As for me, I'm more of a builder than a crafter. Two by fours, concrete mixing, and other construction materials are my craft supplies. ***** Have a great quilting day.

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