This is a quilt that was made by our son from the fabric of several pairs of DH’s father’s pants. It holds a very dear and special place in DH’s heart since it was made about 2 years afther his father’s death.
This is another star pattern quilt that was made for me by Jim for Christmas one year. This edging pattern looks wonderful on the bed as it makes a pattern along the edges and then hangs with the solid color.
I have these quilts hanging on a quilt rack in my living room and today it hit me that men of today are rediscovering the joys of handwork that men of the 19th century took for granted. Several months ago Linda B. of Chloe’s Place did a series of posts on Woggas.. the utilitarian quilts men made while traveling in the outback or working the farms and ranches of Australia. I think today we forget that men in the 19th century and earlier had to have quite a hand with a needle. Soldiers carried sewing kits and repaired their own clothes around the fires at night. Have a look at these Singer Sewing Machine ads.. I find it so interesting that today this holds true in many more aspects than one would consider.
When I did a search re: men who quilt, I was really surprised with what I found. Real Men Do Quilt is a great site with quilts by Warren Whaley, Jim Niles, Russell Lord, and Mike Beardsly. Do have a look at the wonderful quilts shown on these pages.
It seems this is not a totally new phenomenon. The New York Times Art Review has a wonderful article by Holland Cotter (May 29, 1998). This is an excerpt:
“The participation of men in ”women’s work” like quilting has only been glancingly acknowledged in scholarship, though this is beginning to change. Thanks in large part to the women’s movement of the 1970’s, once-firm hierarchical separations between fine art and crafts have relaxed. And increased attention both to non-Western cultures and identity politics in the 90’s has produced new models for what constitutes gender-specific art.
Given this context, it makes sense that the bulk of the Anacostia show is made up of contemporary artists. But Ms. Fry has given their work a solid and resonant historical grounding through the presence of quilts created more than a century ago. “