a magic in patchwork which has fascinated people for years. There's something
about pieced and patchwork quilts, tablecloths, pillows, placemats, and
potholders which brighten up a room and add a colorful touch.
The early settlers to the New World took their scraps of worn-out clothing to patch their worn-out coverlets. Before long they were making quilts entirely of patches. Thus the first patchwork quilts were created in this country.
Gradually the women worked out designs for their patched quilts, some intricate, some simple, with fascinating names. Also, one will find that the same design may be called by different names in various parts of the country.
Family History in Quilts
In later years, these quilts provided memory material for recalling significant events in a family's life.
Working With Grandmother
Actually it was a "tying bee," for the quilts were tied with pieces of yarn. Susie, a neighbor lady, came in to help. How pleased I was to be allowed to participate.
Names From Various Sources
Rose designs were another favorite and had numerous versions. There were Rose of Sharon, rosebud, rose dream, rose cross, rose tree, tea rose.
A number of names had "sun" as part of their titles - setting sun, rising sun, sunshine and shadow, sunbeam, sundial, sunflower, and sunburst. The list goes on and on with fascinating and descriptive quilt patterns you can make on a winter evening.
copyright Mary Emma Allen
About the author: Mary Emma Allen is a quiltmaker as well as columnist
and operated a quilt business from her home for a number of years. She
wrote "The Magic of Patchwork."