"True art is an expression of the human being's search for a relationship with the spiritual, whether the spiritual longed for when his soul leaves the body, or the spiritual which he desires to remember when he dips down into a body, or the spiritual to which he feels more related than to his natural surroundings, or the spiritual as manifested in colors when outside and inside lose their separateness and the soul moves through the cosmos, freely, swimming and hovering, as it were, experiencing its own cosmic life, existing everywhere; or ... the spiritual as expressed in earth life, in the relationship between man's soul-spirit and the cosmic ... " - Rudolf Steiner
Lesson 3 - Simple Projects for Beginners
Lesson 1 - Introduction to Quilting
Lesson 2 - Simple Projects for Beginners 1
Lesson 3 - Simple Projects for Beginners 2
Lesson 4 - Advanced Projects for Experienced Quilters 1
Lesson 5 - Advanced Projects for Experienced Quilters 2
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.
Quilting also has a long history among Native Americans, but many quilters aren't aware of this rich tradition. Of the various North American Indian and Native Hawaiian art forms that resulted from contact with Euro-Americans, perhaps the least well known is quiltmaking. Quilts have been used in nearly every Native community for everyday purposes such as bedcoverings, shelter coverings, infants’ swing cradles, weather insulation, and providing a soft place to sit on the ground. In some communities, quilts are also used to honor individuals, in ceremonies, and in a variety of activities that strengthen community life.
Native peoples in the Hawaiian Islands and North America have many indigenous traditions of textile production and use; the materials and skills of quiltmaking had many precedents in these communities. When commercially-manufactured cloth and steel needles became available to native peoples, it was not surprising that, adept at similar craft forms, they quickly picked up quiltmaking.
Tasks and Assignments Quilting Lesson 3
1. Watch video(s).
2. Create your own three small simple quilt projects as shown in the video or choose your own creations.
3. Take photos of your completed project(s) and submit.
Please submit files of completed art project(s), comments and questions via the online form or via email.