A Brief History of Quilting

A Brief History of Quilting

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There has been some debate over the origins of quilting, which has been practiced for generations without definitive proof. In this article, we will take a brief look at the history of quilting.

Quilting Origins

There has been some debate over the origins of quilting, which has been practiced for generations without definitive proof. History has it that quilting, piecing, and appliqué have been utilized for clothing and home adornment since antiquity. Quilting was thought to have started simultaneously in China and Egypt, according to popular mythology. The earliest quilted clothing discovered to date dates from 3400 BC.

The crusaders brought a style of Middle Eastern quilting back to Europe in the 11th century. The Knights of the Round Table utilized a quilted piece of cloth to provide extra padding under their armor at the time.

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Romans were the first to utilize quilted bedding as a mattress in their homes. In Europe, the idea of stuffing a sack between two mattresses caught on, and people started doing it. They discovered that quilting was a need during the chilly winters of Europe in the 15th century.

Early Quilts

Running stitches were used to join the early quilts’ few layers of material. It was difficult to sew together multiple layers of cloth before the invention of the Quilt Frame. As a result of their enviable frame manufacturing capabilities, Europeans began producing quilts with a higher level of ornamentation and finer stitching.

Golden Age of Quilting

The nineteenth century was a golden age for quilting in Europe and the United States. Villagers would get together for a day and sew one or more quilts. A lot of women were happy to be able to get out of their homes and contribute to the community in this way.

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In the late 1800’s, quilters began to show their creations at shows and exhibitions. They were quite successful. The quilts were made with a lot of appliqué and embroidery. In the 1930’s, quilting became popular again. Quilters made quilts for themselves and as gifts for family members and friends.

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They also began making quilts to sell. The quilting industry took off and became a major part of the economy. The quilting industry is still very active today. There are over 3 million people who work in this industry. It is also a very big part of our culture. Quilters today are just as creative as they were in the past. However, they have access to a lot of resources that weren’t available to them in the past. I recently read a book about quilting called “Sewing with Fabric” by Susan Wiggs. I thought that it was a great book and highly recommended.


In conclusion, although the exact origins of quilting is not determined, it has a rich and colorful history. The United States, and specifically Pennsylvania, was at the heart of this history. However, quilters have spread out from this area to other parts of the world, including South America, Europe, and Asia. As these women and their descendants have moved around, they have carried their art with them.

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