Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Quilting Links

      Although the quilt is one of the most familiar and necessary articles in our households, its story is yet to be told. In spite of its universal use and intimate connection with our lives, its past is a mystery which--at the most--can be only partially unravelled. 
      The quilt has a tradition of long centuries of slow but certain progress. Its story is replete with incidents of love and daring, of sordid pilferings and generous sacrifices. It has figured in many a thrilling episode. The same type of handiwork that has sheltered the simple peasant from wintry blasts has adorned the great halls of doughty warriors and noble kings. Humble maids, austere nuns, grand dames, and stately queens; all have shared in the fascination of the quilter's art and have contributed to its advancement. Cottage, convent, and castle; all have been enriched, at one time or another, by the splendors of patchwork and the pleasures of its making. 
      In its suitability for manufacture within the home, the quilt possesses a peculiar merit. Although exposed for a full century to the competition of machinery, under the depressing influence of which most of the fireside crafts have all but vanished, the making of quilts as a home industry has never languished. Its hold on the affections of womankind has never been stronger than it is to-day. As a homemaker, the quilt is a most capable tool lying ready at the hand of every woman. The selection of design, the care in piecing, the patience in quilting; all make for feminine contentment and domestic happiness. 
A "Indiana Wreath" Design
      There are more quilts being made at the present time--in the great cities as well as in the rural communities--than ever before, and their construction as a household occupation--and recreation--is steadily increasing in popularity. This should be a source of much satisfaction to all patriotic Americans who believe that the true source of our nation's strength lies in keeping the family hearth flame bright. 
      As known to-day, the quilt is the result of combining two kinds of needlework, both of very ancient origin, but widely different in character. Patchwork--the art of piecing together fabrics of various kinds and colors or laying patches of one kind upon another, is a development of the primitive desire for adornment. Quilting--the method of fastening together layers of cloths in such a manner as to secure firmly the loose materials uniformly spread between them, has resulted from the need of adequate protection against rigorous climates. The piecing and patching provide the maker with a suitable field for the display of artistic ability, while the quilting calls for particular skill in handling the needle. The fusing of these two kinds of needlework into a harmonious combination is a task that requires great patience and calls for talent of no mean order. 
      To our grandmothers quilt making meant social pleasure as well as necessary toil, and to their grandmothers it gave solace during long vigils in pioneer cabins. The work of the old-time quilters possesses artistic merit to a very high degree. While much of it was designed strictly for utilitarian purposes--in fact, more for rugged service than display, yet the number of beautiful old quilts which these industrious ancestors have bequeathed to us is very large. Every now and then there comes to light one of these old quilts of the most exquisite loveliness, in which the needlework is almost painful in its exactness. Such treasures are worthy of study and imitation, and are deserving of careful preservation for the inspiration of future generations of quilters. 
      To raise in popular esteem these most worthy products of home industry, to add to the appreciation of their history and traditions, to give added interest to the hours of labor which their construction involves, to present a few of the old masterpieces to the quilters of to-day; such is the purpose of this book of quilts. Marie D. Webster

Introduction to quilting.

Quilt Artists:  Deirdre Abbotts * LaDan Abosein * B.J. Adams * Bob Adams * Deidre C. Adams * Eve Agee * Terese Agnew * Glenda Alexander * Katherine Allen * Pamela Allen * Allison Aller * Loretta Alvarado * Charlotte Warr Andersen * Frieda L. Anderson * Mary Andrews * Sue Andrus * Madeleine Appell * Rob Appell * Juno Art * Bethan Ash * Esterita Austin * Lauren Austin * Pat Autenrieth * Debbie Babin * Cathleen Richardson Bailey * Barbara Barber * C. June Barnes * Sonya Lee Barrington * Elizabeth Barton * Ursula Baumung * Alice Beasley * Phil Beaver * Jeanne Beck*Joyce Becker * Marilyn Belford * JoAnn Belling * Sue Benner * Sharon Benton * Liz Berg * Wendy Butler Berns * Sandra Betts * Priscilla Bianchi * Barbara Bilyard * Charlotte Bird * Cindy Blackberg * Jane Blair * Patt Blair * Giselle Gilson Blythe * Janet Bolton * Eszter Bornemisza * Mary Jo Bowers * Jenny Bowker * Fi Bowman * Norma Bradley * Ann Brauer * Patricia Bravo * Donna Bray-Zakreski * Carol Bridges * Elizabeth Brimelow * Susan Brittingham * Martha Brown * Nancy Brown * Susan E. Brown * Tanya Brown * Regina Browne * Rachel Brumer * Karen Kay Buckley * Pauline Burbidge * Elizabeth Busch * Meryl Ann Butler  * Jane Sassaman * Susan Shie * Michael A. Cummings * Caryl Bryer Fallert * Ita Ziv * Jeanette Gilks * Cher Cartwright * Pamela Allen * Jane Burch Cochran * Theresa May * John W. Lefelhocz * Miriam Nathan-Roberts * Jenny Hearn * Terrie Hancock Mangat * Wendy Huhn * B. J. Adams * Inge Mardal & Steen Hougs * Chiaki Dosho * Inge Hueber * Michael James * Velda E. Newman * Anne Woringer * Clare Plug * Elizabeth Brimelow * Noriko Endo * Deidre Scherer * Carolyn L. Mazloomi * Hollis Chatelain * Linda Colsh * Charlotte Yde * Joan Schulze * Judith Content * Kyoung Ae Cho * Jette Clover * Eszter Bornemisza * Pauline Burbidge * Yvonne Porcella * M. Joan Lintault * Katie Pasquini Maso pust * Nancy N. Erickson *

Blogging About Quilts: A Bit of Creativity Every-Single-Day (Melanie Testa) *And sew it goes (Terry Grant) *Art Journal – A Creative Journey (Katherine Sands) *Artjourneys (Cathy Ortelle) *Art Quiltz (Pam Rappaport) *Chary Sprouts (Jane Davila) *Croque-Choux *Del Quilts (Del Thomas) *Dreaming Spirals (Liz Plummer) *El Cielo Studio (Susie Monday) *Fiber Inspirations by Lisa Walton *Fiber into Art (Heidi Zielinski) *Fiber Mania (Melody Johnson) *Going to Pieces (Diane Perin Hock) *Golden Dog Quilting (Judy Bowers) *Having Fun (Sherryl Buchler) *Horizons: on the art and soul of quilting (Valerie Hearder) *In a Minute Ago *The Inside Stori (Mary Stori) *Jerusalem Notes: Fiberwork by Debbie *JYA Fiberarts (Judith Anderson) *Laughing Girl Quilts (Lori Gravley) *Layers of Meaning (Serena Fenton) *Leigh’s Quilting Blog (Leigh-Anne Crooke) *Leslie Tucker Jenison, Mixed Media Artist *Leslie’s New Works and Thoughts *Lisa’s Art & Musings *Marga’s Crafts *Martha’s Blog *Musings of a Procrastinator Extraordinaire (Lisa Coulombe) *Musings of a Textile Itinerant (Dijanne Cevaal) *Nancy G. Cook – News from my Studio *Natural Dye Journal (Kimberly Baxter Packwood) *Painted Threads (Judy Coates Perez) *pcox design (Patty VanHuis-Cox) *Serendipity Patchwork and Quilting (Brenda Smith) *Sonji Says (Sonji Hunt) *Splendiferous (Wendy L. Starn) *Studio 78 Notes (Rayna Gillman) *Studio Threads (Vivian Milholen) *Suzanne’s Studio Notes (Suzanne Sanger) *Views…..Near and Far (Margarete Steinhauer) *Sundance, Wild Women and DreamWeavers *Twisted Sister (Jaime Fingal) *Vermont Quilter (Jacquie Scuitto) *Whiffs, Glimmers & Left Oeuvres (Diane Lacativa) *Winnowings – Separating Wheat From Chaff (Christine Thresh) * Sewing Room(Jeana Kimball) * Chloe Owens *

History Of Quilts: Womenfolk: The Art of Quilting *Patches From the Past *The History of Crazy Quilts *Quilts as symbol in America *Quilts in Literature * Baltimore Album Quilt Traditions *American Quilt Study Group *New Pathways Into Quilt History *Quilt History *The Quilt Index *Quilt History Study Groups *

Guilds for Quilters /Associations of Quilters /Leagues for Quilters /Collections of Quilts / Museums that display quilt collections online: American Quilt Study Group *American Quilters Society *Antelope Valley Quilt Association *Appliqué Society *Asheville Quilt Guild *Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters *Aurora Colony Museum *Austin Area Quilt Guild *Bay Area Quilt Guild *Block Party Quilters *Boise Basin Quilters *Busy Bee Quilters *Camano Island Quilters *Canadian Quilter’s Association *Capitol Quilters Guild *Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild *CHD Awareness Quilt *Clark County Quilters *Coastal Quilters Guild *Colorado Quilting Council *Columbia Stitchery Guild *Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery *Coos Art Museum *Covington Quilters Guild *Desert Sage Quilters of Magic Valley *East Bay Heritage Quilters *Elk Grove Quilt Guild *Embroiderers’ Guild of America *Emerald Valley Quilters *Empire Quilters *Florida Quilt Collection *Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild *Friendship Quilters of San Diego *Havasu Stitchers *Hobby Industry Association (HIA) *Illini Country Stitchers Quilt Guild *Kitsap Quilters Bremerton, WA. *La Conner Quilt Museum *Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild *Latimer Quilt and Textile Center *Marys River Quilt Guild *Mayflower Quilters Guild *Metropolitan Patchwork Society *Minnesota Quilters *Mission Hill Museum *Moonlight Quilters Guild years *Mt. Bachelor Quilters Guild *Mountain Stars Quilters’ Guild *National Craft Association *National Quilting Association *New England Quilt Museum *North Star Quilters *Orange County Quilters *Pacific Needle Arts Guild *Pajaro Valley Quilt Association *Palouse Patchers Quilt Guild *Pomeroy Living History Farm *Puyallup Valley Quilters *The Quiet Valley Quilters gallery *Quilters Anonymous *QuiltersBee *Quilters Guild of Plano *Quilters Sew-Ciety of Redding, Inc. *Rainy Daze Quilt Guild *River City Quilters’ Guild *River Heritage Quilt Guild *Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum *Sandy Historical Society *San Francisco Quilters’ Guild * San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles *Studio Art Quilt Associates *Studio Fiber Artists *Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club *Sunshine Quilters of San Diego *Surface Design Association *Textile Museum of Canada *Trail’s End Longarm Quilters *Tri-City Quilters’ Guild *Tucson Quilter’s Guild *Umpqua Valley Quilters *Washington State Quilters *West Sound Quilters *Yakima Valley Quilters’ Guild *

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