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« Topic Start: May 14, 2007, 10:38:13 pm »

I don't know if anyone else does this, but since quilting has been around for well, almost forever, it's also been used to cast spells.  I thought this website was pretty cool for anyone else who quilts out there.

http://members.shaw.ca/kitchenwitch/kitchenwitch/quilting.htm
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« Reply #1: May 14, 2007, 10:42:01 pm »

I don't know if anyone else does this, but since quilting has been around for well, almost forever, it's also been used to cast spells.

I wonder how traditional this info is (or is it a modern interpretation)?  It's quite interesting either way.
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« Reply #2: May 14, 2007, 10:59:29 pm »

I wonder how traditional this info is (or is it a modern interpretation)?  It's quite interesting either way.

There are a couple of fabric-focused romantic suspense novels by Barbara Michaels (who is also Elizabeth Peters), one of which focuses on quilting. In general, she tends to be reasonably solid on background research, and I keep wanting to go back and look at some of the references she gives in passing in this particular book to see what I can track down. (Two of the main characters are anthropologists, and the basic 'mystery' revolves around the emotions bound into the quilt by the sewer, and how they affect people who come into contact with it.)

The quilt specific one is Stitches in Time, but it's related to two other titles: Come Home, Ammie and Shattered Silk. (Some overlapping characters - and particularly with the latter, and some references to other events, but you can read them independently perfectly easily.)
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« Reply #3: May 15, 2007, 12:00:03 am »

I wonder how traditional this info is (or is it a modern interpretation)?  It's quite interesting either way.

Hmph, considering the sources sited on this website, I'm inclined to think it's a modern interpretation (if not downright fabrication).  The webpage lists Cunningham and Harrington's The Magical Household and Willow Polson's Witchcrafts as sources.  Personally, I don't consider them highly reliable sources for anything involving historical tradition. 

However, using quilts as a way of casting spells is a brilliant idea and I do know more than one person who does.
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« Reply #4: May 15, 2007, 12:02:52 pm »

Hmph, considering the sources sited on this website, I'm inclined to think it's a modern interpretation (if not downright fabrication).  The webpage lists Cunningham and Harrington's The Magical Household and Willow Polson's Witchcrafts as sources.  Personally, I don't consider them highly reliable sources for anything involving historical tradition. 

However, using quilts as a way of casting spells is a brilliant idea and I do know more than one person who does.

I don't know if it's made up or modern, but it does work really well.  Especially if the quilts are hand-quilted. I've only hand-quilted one large quilt so far, but it took me about a year to complete (I had to put it aside for 6 months)  I put so much love and time into it that it truly is magickal.  I've made several machine-quilts and while they may not take as long, I do know that they still create the desired effect in people that I was hoping for.  I've got to finish a few that I'm working on right now but then I want to start on a fertility quilt for my sister-in-law who is having a lot of fertility difficulties.
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« Reply #5: May 15, 2007, 12:15:49 pm »

There are a couple of fabric-focused romantic suspense novels by Barbara Michaels (who is also Elizabeth Peters), one of which focuses on quilting.

I might have to look them up, although I've never liked books written under the Barbara Michaels byline as much as those written under the Elizabeth Peters byline.
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« Reply #6: May 15, 2007, 12:52:54 pm »

I don't know if it's made up or modern, but it does work really well.  Especially if the quilts are hand-quilted.

The thought that came to mind yesterday when I read this was that I've done something similar with afghans. Colours, patterns, and the time and effort that go into them... you get the idea.
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« Reply #7: June 11, 2007, 08:48:11 pm »

The thought that came to mind yesterday when I read this was that I've done something similar with afghans. Colours, patterns, and the time and effort that go into them... you get the idea.

Yeah, afghans are very similar.  There's so much of yourself that you put into a work like that.  It's almost like you've created a part of you into your work.  It's really cool.
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« Reply #8: June 11, 2007, 09:01:30 pm »

I wonder how traditional this info is (or is it a modern interpretation)?  It's quite interesting either way.

Well the information might be a modern interpretation, but quilts had to be hand sewed back in the day. There is also evidence of "knot magic" as well, so there might be some traditional precedence to the information but with a modern twist.
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« Reply #9: June 11, 2007, 09:16:24 pm »

Well the information might be a modern interpretation, but quilts had to be hand sewed back in the day. There is also evidence of "knot magic" as well, so there might be some traditional precedence to the information but with a modern twist.

funny you mention knot magic... I was thinking about it while I was away, and the afghan I made for our bed has some 'knot' patterns (four actually) as part of it, and while I was away I realised just how... appropriate... it is that I messed up one of the four knot sections so it isn't perfect...3 are, 1 isn't...(of course by the time I realised it was way too late and no way was I undoing it all and doing it again... ) but an imperfection in the knots and conjoined circles just.... fits ... me and mine and the whole tangled and imperfect saga of our lives so... perfectly... I couldn't have done it better if I'd tried to! lol
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