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A Brief History of Quiltmaking

A Brief History of Quiltmaking

Quilts are beautiful, colourful creations found in homes all over the world. Quilt making has evolved with the times, but it dates back to when humans first learned to sew animal skins or plant fibres into warm clothing. Today, quilts are treasured heirlooms passed down from generation to generation. Quilting has become a form of self-expression and means much more than simply creating something warm and soft for someones' bed. This post will explore the history of quilting from the beginning to the modern-day!

The word quilt originates from the Latin word Culcita, which means a cushion or bolster. The techniques of quilting, piecing and appliqué have been used for clothing and furnishings worldwide for thousands of years. A variety of quilt making techniques and styles have evolved uniquely around the globe.

Quilting has been around since the introduction of sewing and needlework. It's possible that quilt making even predates knitting, as some believe that it could have originated from the use of animal skins. The earliest known quilted garment is seen on a carved figure of an Egyptian Pharaoh dating from 3400 BC. A quilted floor covering, estimated to be between 100 BC and 200 AD, was also discovered in Mongolia.

Quilting in Europe has been part of the needlework tradition since about the 5th century; these early quilts contained Egyptian cotton, indicating that the Egyptian and Mediterranean trade provided a channel for the technique to spread. However, quilted pieces were rare in Europe until around the 12th century, when quilted bedding and other items appeared with the returning Crusaders from the Middle East. In the Medieval ages, quilted gambesons, aketons and arming doublets were worn under or instead of armour. These quilted pieces developed into the later quilted doublet worn as fashionable European male clothing from the 13-17th century. 

The textile industry began to grow in the 18th century, and so did the quilting. Quilts were often used as a form of self-expression rather than just a bed cover or clothing. By the late 1800s, quilts were seen as a way to document one's history and culture. The patterns on a quilt could tell a story about where its maker was from, their family life, hardships they had overcome or celebrations they had experienced. By this time, machine-made patchwork designs became popular because machines could quickly assemble them at a much faster pace than any other type of quilt design. 

In the 21st century, modern quilting has become the most prominent style of quilt making. Modern quilting follows a distinct style that draws inspiration from modern design, art and architecture using traditional quilt making techniques. Some characteristics of a modern quilt include bold colours and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid colour, improvisational piecing, minimalism and alternate grid work. Quilting has made a comeback in popularity in recent years, and modern quilting is the most popular style. 

Quilting is a great hobby that has been around for centuries. It's an activity where you create beautiful pieces of art by sewing together fabric, cotton batting and other quilting materials using needle and thread. Quilters can make everything from blankets, coverlets, duvets, tablecloths or even clothing for themselves or their family members! From traditionally pieced quilts to modern quilts, there is a style for everyone. 

At MaMi's County Quilts, we have everything you need to get started on your quilting journey. We offer a great selection of quilitng supplies like fabricsnotionsbooks & quilt patterns, and even quilting kits to help you get started. MaMi's County Quilts is one of three Judy Neimeyer Certified shops in Canada that offers classes in paper piecing. We also offer drop-in quilting classes and three-day quilting retreats. Our quilting classes are an excellent way to try something new, meet new people and challenge yourself! At MaMi's, we have so much fun with our clients, who quickly become our friends. So, whether you stop in to purchase fabric for that next project, come in for advice, or simply drop by to chat and see what's new, our goal is to see that you have fun!