Whenever a quiltmaker completes a quilt, he or she has created something more than a simple bedcover. A quilt can be likened to a good book..... it begs to be picked up and handled! When hanging on the clothes lines of yester-year. . . the colors and stripes call out to us. Is it made of plaids, ginghams or a mix of old clothing? As we move closer to the quilt, we begin to see the individual shapes (the wording) of the fabric. We see the stitches as clearly as the words on a printed page: whether assembled by hand or via machine stitiching. Sometimes - both techniques were employed; suggesting additions or repairs to the quilt.
Are the stitches the same size or did more than one person work on the quilt? Sometimes, when children were allowed around the quilting frame, their stitches appear near the edges, the less visible area of the quilt once it was spread upon the bed! All in all, the quilt is a record of a person's life that lived long ago!