Saturday, December 27, 2008

Quilts and history

Inauguration quilts -- Going back at least to the Bayeux tapestry documenting the Norman Conquest, needlework has provided a historical record in cloth. Continuing the tradition, forty-four quilters have been asked to make quilts for the inauguration (that number because Obama will be the 44th President). The project is sponsored by the Group for Cultural Documentation, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the Women of Color Quilters Network. If you google "inauguration quilts" you'll find lots of articles about the particular ones being made. To get you started, there's an interesting article about a quilt being made that shows the history of Michelle Obama's family -- click here to read it.

Blog books -- If you want to document your own quilt history, you can do that, too. Tanya recently had a post about making a blog book. The site she used no longer syncs with blogger, but I did a google search and found that other places also make blog books and some, like Blog2Print, can be used with blogger. If you use your blog as your quilt journal, it's a great way to get a hard copy.

Car quilt -- Here's a quilter who made a little history of her own with her car. If you want to do the same, you might find some inspiration here. You'll need a lot of nail polish!

And so this won't be a totally photo-less post, let me offer this proof that my new fleece blanket is truly reversible -- you can nap under it no matter which side is up! (Check the last post if you don't know what I'm talking about.)

12 comments:

Exuberant Color said...

With that warm, soft blanket and that comfy chair a nap is inevitable.

LC said...

Thanks for the links. Very interesting stuff. I've yet to make a fleece blanket but have been inspired again now, so it is on the to-do list!

Millie said...

Thanks so much for the great information.

floribunda said...

Thanks for the info about the 44 inaugural quilts -- the article from SC was interesting (but yikes! some of the comments were scary!)

Catherine said...

That blanket and chair and a good book look SO inviting!!
Now I'm off to read some of the links you posted. Thanks!

Libby said...

Very interesting about the inaugural quilts...thanks for the info and the link. That would be a great exhibit to see!

jillytacy said...

This is very interesting. Thanks for the links. I'll be checking out how to print your blog. I wanted my blog to be a record of my time with my daughter, it's good to know we could print it.

Joyce said...

So cozy!!!

sewkalico said...

Is she going to be really cross that you blog pictures of her trying to get some shut eye LOL!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Marvelous post ~ so much good info! I've already checked out blog2print... VERY exciting!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

what a great post! lots of fun stuff to read! the car quilt, ha!
can't wait to see all the obama quilts...

meggie said...

What a lovely comfy blanket!
Very interesting to read about the quilts.