Inspiration is calling in the wind. My investigative journalism has led me on a path of many possible branches leading to many questions concerning a commemorative quilt that I recently came upon. I have to say that I’m a novice in this area, but the creative passion emanating from many squares or blocks enticed my curiosity to explore further.
Other that making the usual notes and phone calls to certain people of interest concerning possible important details for my article and following the evolving, breadcrumb trail, I needed to research the history of this “cloth sandwich” or folk art.
The community activity of “quilting bees” in pioneer days was my first exposure to the existence of this textile craft. In my research, I discovered that quilting had a very long history prior to that time period. Evidence of its origins goes back to findings of a quilted, linen carpet in a Siberian cave tomb before the first century and also a quilted garment from a Pharaoh’s tomb about 3400 B.C.
This is a section of the ‘oldest preserved quilt’ from 1360-1400 (Sicily).