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Why We Quilt – The History

star-quiltIt is a beautiful day a little cold outside but this is the first day of 2014. I am just going to sit and “quilt” – followed by a nap. As I sat here I started to think about quilting, where it came from and why it is?? So here you go some great information and even better pictures. Enjoy!!!

The history of quilts began long before European settlers arrived in the New World. People in nearly every part of the world had used padded fabrics for clothing, bedding, and even armor. With the arrival of the English and Dutch settlers in North America, quilting took on a new life and flourished.

The term “quilt” comes from the Latin culcita, meaning a stuffed sack. The word has come to have 2 meanings. It is used as noun, meaning the 3-layer stitched bedcovering. It is also used as a verb, meaning the act of stitching through the 3 layers to hold them together.

The quilt, as we know it in America, was originally a strictly utilitarian article, born of the necessity of providing warm covers for beds. Quilts were also used as hangings for doors and windows that were not sealed well enough to keep out the cold. The earliest American quilts, made by English and Dutch settlers, were so intimately connected to everyday life of the early colonists that no record of them exists.

Quilting has become an art practiced the world over. Most towns have a quilt guild and we have one here in Athens. The guild is called Athens Dixie Stitchers you can find them on Facebook Click Here.
The below are from Craftsy.Com patterns – check them out.

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