As we get into November, even Indian summer is becoming a distant memory. Now, with the last leaves falling off the trees, the weather turning sharply colder, and the holidays approaching, the emphasis seems to be on comfort. Indeed, this is the time when people retreat to the comfort of their homes, and enjoy meals and snacks that feature “comfort foods.” It’s also the season when millions, once again, retrieve their comforters from quilt racks, and keep them on their beds, or their favorite easy chairs.
Of course, things being what they are, it doesn’t take harsh weather to cause us to feel the need for some consolation. No-o! These days, the perils of routine living, alone, can put us on edge. Then, throw in the state of the world, and the economy, and it’s enough to send anyone running for cover. Although we often seek out the people who normally support us during trying times, in many cases, they’re just as overwhelmed as we are.
In such instances, our only recourse may be to grab our beloved, dependable quilts, and wrap ourselves in their soft, soothing warmth. Truly, it’s no wonder that quilts are referred to as comforters, or, even more to the point, security blankets. Actually, they have been calming furrowed brows for centuries, during a long, colorful history that is steeped in tradition. Because they have, customarily, been given as gifts, and made from pieces of worn-out clothing, linens, and other materials of significance to the recipient, the sentimental value of quilts increases many times over.
In olden days, pioneer families that braved the hostile, westward trails, in hopes of finding new land, and new lives, had to stock up on supplies, as they prepared for their journeys. They needed provisions that would not only assist with their safe passage, but would help them to survive, when they reached their destinations. Along with several months’ worth of food, ammunition, and clothing, it was recommended that every family pack enough bedding to last for a few years, with two or three quilts or blankets per person.
These often included quilts that had been stitched by friends of the women of the departing families, as keepsakes of people and places that they weren’t likely to see, ever again. Along the trails, quilts were used for many things, besides bedding. While friendship and heirloom quilts were frequently kept in trunks, or used for wrapping fine china, and other delicate items, everyday quilts were folded, and used as cushions on the rigid wagon seats. During blinding dust storms, people would hang their quilts across openings, and stuff them into cracks, to keep debris and dirt out of the wagons.
Undoubtedly, because of their unwavering, celebrated service to generations of humankind, quilts have earned a place of prominence in folklore. At the same time, their gorgeous, intricately woven designs, which are rich with color and symbolism, have merited their consideration as pieces of art. Therefore, it is no surprise that people love to display them on quilt racks. Of course, since the racks are just as important to the exhibit as are the quilts, it’s essential that they be of the highest quality.
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