Continuing on from yesterday's post
with a few
Double Knit Quilts
being shown from the collection of
Gail Van Horsen
at the Art of Quilting show
at the Gilbert Museum is
"I have to imagine that this huge quilt
was made from scraps of
double knit pantsuits."
Kind of gives a new meaning
to Scrap Quilts, doesn't it?
In reading some of the information
provided by the show,
I learned that
polyester Double knits
are considered the
"Iron Fabric of the 1970's"
Meaning this fabric will
I shudder to think that eons from now when
our cotton fabric quilts have crumbled to dust,
and the double knits remain,
historians just might assume
this is what quilting was all about?
Even though Gail admits that
Double Knits provide kind of a love/ hate response,
they are a part of our history
and worthy of documentation.
I have to admit
that I like some of the colors and patterns.
It just must be a texture thing for me,
which follows the same issue
of why some of us would not
try certain foods as we were growing up.
Gail provides a more positive approach.
"The Star Dahlia can be tricky at best,
but when made from stretchy knits---
what an accomplishment it is!"
Hand Pieced and Hand Quilted
One Patch Coverlet
completed C. 1970's
"2.5-inch squares, all hand sewn,
with hand embroidery over every seam."
Which prompted me to ponder
where the maker
might have found
so many varieties of Double Knits?
Future Historians just might
assume we all
wore Leisure Suits, too.