Making as a Form of Art
Quilts are a form of soft bedding used as a
blanket made of wool and similar materials. The
art of quilt making is traditional, and quilts
are still used today for warmth and comfort. In
England, the term used for quit is duvet and
the inside batting layer is called wadding.
Quilts are not just a form
of bedding. They have many other uses, some of
which include - decorations, armory,
educational, artistic expression, campaigning,
The Amish quilts are
remarkable for their use as a traditional
material. The choice of colors in these quilts
reflects their worldview and religious beliefs,
in not being flashy or exuberant.
The artistic aspect of even
a common quilt becomes apparent from the
outside decorations. Piecing and patchwork is
the most common method to make the outside
layer. Embroidery and appliqué are also used to
add more creative touches to the fabric.
The choice of colors makes
the quilts a real artistic delight.
While some prefer bright colors, a patchwork of
colorful additions allows the creation of
artistic colorful patterns.
Machine embroidery is also sometimes used to
automate the process.
Just as a work of art has a
name and carries a date, quilts too have been
given names and dates of completion. This
practice is in use since the 1900s.
There are many organizations
associated with quilts and quilt making, one
such being the Alliance for American Quilts.
There is also a museum devoted to quilts - the
Museum of the American Quilters' Society.
From children to adults, all
of us like quilts - their warmth and softness,
enhanced by the colorful and creative patterns
and fabric details. The art of quilt making is
very much alive, and quilts would continue to
be an essential part of our lives.
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