Last week at our Delectible Mountain Quilters Guild monthly meeting, a special presentation Voices of the Past: Quilts and Soddies was presented. A storyteller from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, dressed in period clothing, gave a very interesting overview about pioneer women who homesteaded the American West. A trunk show of quilts, made in modest homes during that period, were exhibited. Many quilts of that time reflected the down to earth core values of women who crafted them. The bedcoverings were made nearly always for utilitarian reasons. Crazy quilts were among them, crafted to repurpose scraps of fabric. Here are just two examples of quilts made by women who lived in sod homes.
Note: (Image below) The 4 “T”s stitched into the quilt signified the virtue of temperance.
In the quilting world today, design is highly coveted in the planning of a project. During my favorite segment of our monthly quilt guild meeting, show and tell, the sophistication with which quilts are stitched today is highly evident. There is quite a contrast between quilts of days of ole and the creations of today’s generations.
Two examples of contemporary design art quilts from Delectible Mountain Quilters Guild members.
I’d like to say thank you to the the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the DMQG for bringing this program to us. It was a very worthwhile monthly meeting.