Making the quilt. Photo by Brian Gauvin
A neighbour of ours in Michigan makes a new patchwork quilt every year. She designs and sews hundreds of bits of leftover cloth together in traditional patterns — a labour of love that takes months — and then invites over a circle of woman friends to help her do the quilting itself. They sit together around a big quilting frame, stitching the layers together by hand. It's extremely time-consuming, but the handcrafted product is really eye-catching. So who keeps the quilt after so many women have worked on it together? Nobody! It's donated to a local fund-raiser, and then raffled off. My family was lucky enough to win the quilt one year. It's become a family heirloom.
Old-style patchwork quilts like ours are still very popular, but modern-art quilts are answering modern-day creative and decorative needs. Quilts have moved from the bed to the wall:
Let's look at the language of interior decorating and design, and at compounds that consist of two or more words, like "wallpaper" and "patchwork". And note: There are no hard-and-fast rules for spelling compounds together, with a hyphen or apart — in part because English, too, is a patchwork.
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