First i would like to share some very interesting tidbits from the “history of quilting page” on wikipedia.
✄ The stitching together of layers of padding and fabric, may date back as far as ancient Egypt.
✄ In Europe quilting appears to have been introduced by Crusaders in the 12th century, in particular in the form of the aketon or gambeson, a quilted garment worn under armour which later developed into the doublet.
✄ Russia holds the oldest example in existence, which is a quilted linen carpet found in a Mongolian cave.
✄ In America in the 18th century, only the wealthy had the leisure time for quilt making so Colonial quilting was done by only a few.
✄ In the mid 19th century, textiles were manufactured on a broad scale. Women no longer had to spend time spinning and weaving to provide fabric for their family’s clothing. By the 1840’s, commercial fabrics were affordable to almost every family. Quilt making became widespread and more block style quilts were made because of the variety of fabric.
Some quilts are very attractive to me and some are not. But, the ones i do like, i like very much. I like to see the fabric, colours, and the quilting stitches. It is amazing what people are creating these days. And of course, they can still be sewn by hand, but, most people use an assortment of sewing machines. And, the sewing machines are another subject all together.
I like the feel of a quilt on the bed in the summer months instead of a fluffy comforter. I like baby quilts and toddler quilts, because i like to see them used and loved until they fall apart. Very small children tend to love small quilts.
I like quilts so much, that i started a blog just for quilts and those who like them, and it’s called “daisies and dandelions.”