From wall art to bed covers, quilting evolves globally
No one knows for sure when quilting was originated, however the stitching together of layers of padding and fabric may date back as far as ancient Egypt. Although quilting has taken many turns down through the years, for the 21st century it is more of an art than a necessity.
Rita Briner, owner of Quilter’s Station located at 3680 NE Akin Dr. in Lee’s Summit says Art Quilts have become very popular in the past two decades and many are used as wall art in place of paintings. “Modern quilts have found their place with very vivid colors and large designs,” she adds.
However, if you’re ‘old school’ and like the rustic or country themed quilts, Briner says those types of patterns that our ancestors left behind can’t be beat. In addition, the base patterns on the traditional quilts have stayed the same but many twists and turns have been added through the years. Briner adds “the fabrics we have today make it possible to make any color quilt we wish to make.”
At her shop, Briner provides room for projects and lessons for classes that are taught by nationally-known artists. Today, the type of fabrics that are manufactured make it possible to make a quilt of any color and because of that, Briner says the quilting industry is alive and doing well with tens of thousands of quilters across the globe. Thanks to technology, new machines make quilting easier and faster. Briner explains. “There are sewing machines to sew straight seams, machines to do fancy stitches, machines to do embroidery, machines to do long-arm quilting, and most anything else you want to do. We are very lucky to have all these different machines to work with.”
Quilter’s Station was selected as the “Top 10 Shop” by the staff of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine and has also been featured in Quilt Sampler Magazine. Briner says shops take on the personality of the shop owner and there is so much fabric in the industry not one shop has it all. Briner adds that Quilter’s Station has more than 16,000 bolts of fabric, ranging from Civil War reproduction, novelty, flannel, homespun and batiks. “My hope is that no matter what style of quilt or color of quilt you can pull it all together here. Right now wool is very popular to use as applique on quilts or just small wool projects, so I hand dye many colors of wool to be used for this,” she says.
Briner also offers many books and patterns, quilt classes, rug hooking, punch needle and wool work. Here in the Midwest, traditional quilts are favored by quilters and consumers; wanting quilts like a grandmother once made. Even though quilting has transformed from creating by hand stitch to machine stitch and has had its ebb and flow, in Briner’s observation, she feels quilting took a major turn after 9/11. “Women are more determined to make quilts to leave behind their voice to their ancestors about who they were and what they did.”
For more information, visit QuiltersStation.com or call 816.525.8955.