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Patchwork Quilting Past to Present

Patchwork Quilting Past to Present

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Get 206 Vintage Quilt Patterns and Step-by-Step Instructions from America's Foremost Quilt Designers

Get 206 Vintage Quilt Patterns and Step-by-Step Instructions from America's Foremost Quilt Designers


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 ==== ====Get 206 Vintage Quilt Patterns and Step-by-Step Instructions from America's Foremost QuiltDesignershttp://weblifenow.com/quilts ==== ====Patchwork quilting means many things to many people. Springing out of necessity we find thatquilts have gone through a metamorphosis as they travel to us through history. While people think of our founding mothers quilting this was not true. Most women of Colonialdays did not have the time to quilt. They spent their time actually making the very cloth that theyneeded, spinning and weaving were prevalent during that time-frame. They had only so manyprecious hours of light, and while it sounds "romantic" I don't think trying to quilt 22 stitches to theinch in the gloom of a normal home on any evening during their winters would have been veryeasy on their eyes. Pieced quilts of any number were not common before 1840 when cloth started beingmanufactured in factories rather in their homes. Women tended to make their own patterns, relyingon simple, common items around the house for inspiration or templates. You will find evidence ofthis simply leafing through any book or website of historical patterns. Log Cabin was a commonpatchwork quilting pattern that really didn't even need a pattern; its center square depicting thechimney [usually red to indicate the warmth of one's home] surrounded by simple logs of cloth.Friends tended to share patterns passing them to one another until, finally, in the late 1800's somemagazines and newspapers started printing patterns to attract the ladies as readers. But by the late 1800's to the early 1900's those ladies that could afford it and wanted to show offtheir skills had started making Victorian era patchwork quilts known as Crazy Quilts. Made ofvelvets, silks, and satins and heavily embroidered over every seam and open space they were notfor everyday use and were usually found in the parlor, over the piano or harpsichord, if one waslucky enough to own one. They showed off the quilter's skills and were treasured by generations.Since they were not used for beds a number of them have survived to today and give us awonderful history of the era. During this same era the country lady was not, for the most part, making crazy quilts. They werestill making patchwork quilting quilts that served as bedding for their family. They tended to cutback on the hand quilting to save time and tended to simply tie the quilt layers together to get themdone and on the bed. If these ladies wanted to challenge themselves you might find them makingwhat were known as Charm Quilts, which boasted at having 999 different unique patchworkquilting fabrics within them. They had great fun trading with their neighbors to gain the greatvariety of cloth. These fun quilts were resurrected in the last part of the 20th century as membersof quilting guilds swapped fabrics even today. Move farther into the 20th century and we remember the 1930 depression quilts. Ladies who hadto be even more frugal than normal but tended to use bright, often pastel colors to try to cheer
their homes. World War II brought about further changes, and the beginning of a real lull in patchwork quiltingthat lasted decades. Many women found themselves in the workplace and simply did not havetime to quilt. Quilts started to become passe and store bought blankets and bedspreads filled theirhomes. Some women still quilted but it tended to be found in rural areas and the city womencompletely lost touch with the pastime. Patchwork all but disappeared until the 1960's and the arrival of the hippie movement and thenyou started to see a return to the earth and saw patchwork showing up in clothing andaccessories. But it wasn't really until 1976 and the Bi-Centennial celebration that you saw a lot ofwomen getting involved in the art again. By the late 1970's quilt shops started springing up in citiesas well as towns and people were back to learning how to do this thing we call patchwork quilting. Having gotten involved in 1979 myself, I can tell you the ensuing years have brought many morechanges in the art/craft. Patchwork quilting is now firmly entrenched in our modern culture havingtranscended from craft to art and back again. Patchwork quilting now varies as much as itsquilters; men, women, young and old alike sharing this wonderful passion! Take time out this month to seek out a quilting event near you and find out for yourself! You will beamazed what it has transformed into! But be careful... the patchwork quilting "bug" just might biteYOU! Marge Burkellprofessional quilter, lecturer, teacher, showing my patchwork quilting all over the world, publishingand being published for 30+ years. http://www.patchworkquilting.net/ for more patchwork quilting resources.  Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Marge_Burkell  ==== ====Get 206 Vintage Quilt Patterns and Step-by-Step Instructions from America's Foremost QuiltDesigners

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