A Quilt Is More Than A Blanket

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Editor:

re: Jim Keyworth's comment, "I mean, really what are we going to do with a quilt?" The Rim Review, June 1, 2005, page 5.

I couldn't say it better than the introduction from "Quilts, A Living Tradition," by Robert Shaw.

Quilts are America's gift to the world. No other craft or art form is more closely identified with the values that define this country than quilting.
Quilts represent American possibilities and opportunities of freedom, democracy, equality, home, community, and individual expressions.nly the flintiest curmudgeon could fail to warm to the thought of quilts; only a Scrooge could say "Bah, humbug" to their charms and associations.
Quiltsatisfy the basic human need for warmth.They also fulfill the desires for self-expression and creating things of beauty. Quilts are powerful symbolic objects that stimulate the imagination and evoke for many a lost and innocent America of small towns, closely knit families, moral integrity, neighborly concern and Christian charity.
Quilts are also symbols of relationships, especially the primal and nurturing relationship between mother and child.hey are the most intimate of objects, created out of love and care, metaphorically wrapping the sleeper in the warmth and concern of the maker's affection, promising comfort, protection, and peace through the night's dark uncertainties.

Quilts serve as documents of the history of women in America, attesting to both personal and shared concerns, and expressing a full range of emotions and experiences.uring the Civil War women on both sides of the conflict made thousands of quilts which were sold to support the efforts of their husbands, brothers, fathers and neighbors, thousands more were made for use in camps and hospitals.Women have also made quilts to support church groups, missionary work, Christian Temperance Unions, women's suffrage, the Red Cross, the civil rights movement and dozens of other causes in which they were deeply involved.
Obviously Mr. Keyworth has never been the recipient of a handmade quilt. Or experienced -- the most intimate of the senses, by sight and touch, a hand made gift of a quilt that cradles him as he sleeps and thereby receives his dreams.

Marlene Bonney, Member of Strawberry Patchers, Shoofly Quilters Chapters of Arizona Quilters Guild and History Buff of Quilts

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