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When I received Anne Williams’ quilt (page 40) the first thing I wanted to do was touch it. I couldn’t wait to run my hand across it and feel the rough, woollen texture. Made from beautiful Harris Tweed, it is tie quilted with lovely buttons which made it hard for me to resist. It led me to think about the way quilts appeal to the senses. Sight is the primary way I experience quilts, whether they are in photographs, displayed on the wall at quilt shows or even folded on my desk. If I consider what I like about quilts the answer would be pattern, print and colour, yet I have started to wonder how much touch, or the thought of it, plays a part in my love of quilts. Beginners seem to instinctively touch quilts, yet after visiting a few quilt shows we get trained to stand back and admire - although I am sure I am not the only one who gets a thrill from being invited to handle the quilts after a talk at a group.
Texture is something that really comes into its own with wholecloth quilts. I have a collection of small examples, although hope one day I WILL find a large quilt for £5 in a secondhand shop! Again the appeal of these is the feel of the aged cloth and sunken stitches as I run my hand across them. I even love the worn parts and little imperfections, one of my pieces has lots of lovely darned areas which breaks up the effect of the quilting and is not only wonderful to look at, but enjoyable to feel. How about you? Do you instinctively want to touch quilts, or do you prefer a good long look? I would love to know. Liz
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