Hung Out to Dry

Often you will see the whole quilt with embroidery - sometimes abstract, sometimes visual images that were drawn by the artist and then  by guiding the cloth under the machine needle an image was created. 

Quilts are an American tradition. They can be pieced, appliqued, or even "whole cloth". A brief explanation of the beginnings of quilting has been included here. "The history of quilts began long before European settlers arrived in the New World. People in nearly every part of the world had used padded fabrics for clothing, bedding, and even armor. With the arrival of the English and Dutch settlers in North America, quilting took on a new life and flourished.

The term "quilt" comes from the Latin culcita, meaning a stuffed sack.  The word has come to have 2 meanings. It is used as noun, meaning the 3-layer stitched bedcovering. It is also used as a verb, meaning the act of stitching through the 3 layers to hold them together. 

A quilt is a cloth sandwich, with a top, which is usually the decorated part, a back, and a filler in the middle. Under the general term of patchwork are of 3 different types of quilts: (1) the plain or whole cloth quilt, (2) applique quilts, and (3) pieced or patchwork quilts.

The quilt, as we know it in America, was originally a strictly utilitarian article, born of the necessity of providing warm covers for beds. Quilts were also used as hangings for doors and windows that were not sealed well enough to keep out the cold. The earliest American quilts, made by English and Dutch settlers, were so intimately connected to everyday life of the early colonists that no record of them exists
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The quilts Maude makes can be categorized as Artful quilts - slightly more traditional looking but all of her own design with motifs borrowed from historic pattern...OR as Quilted art - pieces that may have some visual reference to tradition but that go beyond tradition to total self-expression.