A few years ago I fell in love with quilts. I have learned how to piece quilts but have yet to actually stitch a quilt. When I put my quilts together I tie my quilt. A tied quilt is one where the three layers are not actually sewn in lines of stitches, but have spots every so often where the thread (or yarn) has been passed through all three layers and tied in a knot . Stitching a quilt takes patience and very nimble fingers, of which I have neither!
So I guess you can call me a “piecer” someone who stitches the pieces of a quilt together into the numerous blocks and patterns. A quilter is someone who stitches two or more layers of material together to make a thicker padded material, in most cases stitching a design to highlight the fabric.
Quilts have been around since the Middle Ages and over the centuries have been used for a variety of reasons. But it is the American Quilt that has inspired artistic creations from Colonial days, to the Frontier and to today.
There are many different styles of quilts and the most popular are the pieced quilts, or quilts made from blocks. In the 1840’s the growth of the textile industry made commercial fabrics were affordable to almost every family. As a result quilt making became widespread. With so many fabrics being produced women were now able to create blocks by using a wide assortment of fabrics. Today quilt making is an art form with designs creating beautiful masterpieces.
Over the years I have attended a few quilt shows and here is a sampling of some of the treasures I found.