Not to mention that there is nothing that beats the zen of sewing something with a needle and thread. Quilting can definitely be done without using a sewing machine. It may take a little longer, but it's not impossible to achieve. In fact, there are a few different sewing techniques you can use to make quilts.
While sewing machines have been used for some quilting tasks since they were invented, the late 20th century was the turning point. In addition to hand quilting, you can make two basic types of machine quilting with a normal sewing device. Both are sewing machines, however, the quilting machine has a wider variety of stitches available. Whether you choose a detailed pattern or choose the classic square design (always the best starting point for beginners in hand quilting), it's best to use fabrics that are the same or at least similar in construction to each other.
So, if you thought you needed a quilt or a sewing machine to create a quilt, you couldn't be more wrong.