About a year before you want to make a quilt, get a bag. Into the bag, put stuff: dead sneakers, regrettable Christmas sweaters, the jeans that don't fit and never will again, sparkly whatsits from costumes. Shirts you hate. Curtains with water stains. Next, dump the bag out on your bed, cut it all to pieces, and pretend you're Miles Davis. Put together only the colors and textures that please your desperate heart, ignoring every other rule, and the result will be art to protect both body and soul from the cold. At Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition, see how the pros do this, and enlarge your understanding of why. Ed Johnetta Miller is a famous improvisational quilter, Tina Williams Brewer celebrates African American heritage in her story-quilts, and many other nationally recognized quilters contribute, as do Bay Areans Marion Coleman and Alice M. Beasley.