What kind of craft is quilting?

Quilting is the action of producing and making a quilt. It's a trade that requires skills.

What kind of craft is quilting?

Quilting is the action of producing and making a quilt. It's a trade that requires skills. If those abilities transcend mere production, if they also please our eyes, souls and aesthetics, then that quilt is art. Quilting, a sewing technique in which two layers of fabric, usually with an insulating inner layer, are sewn together with multiple rows of seams.

It has long been used for clothing in China, the Middle East, North Africa and the colder areas of Europe, but now it is mainly associated with the construction of bedspreads and wall tapestries. The world of quilts offers us almost endless possibilities for fabric-inspired “blankets”. Often considered “homemade” or “artisan”, quilts represent a unique form of artistic expression based on the use of fibers that connect with the traditions of fine art, vernacular art and quilt making. Distinctions in the way we think of quilts (for example, “traditional quilt versus “art quilt” versus “modern quilt guild”) tend to overlook the qualities shared by all quilts (and quilters).

By bearing the marks of their manufacturers, quilts occupy a place of honor among America's oldest artisan traditions and art traditions, similar to the Arts and Crafts movement seen in 19th century American architecture. Quilting is a one-of-a-kind practical craft that teaches children practical skills such as cutting, measuring, joining parts and sewing. This trade can be introduced as a home economics project or a history project to accompany early learning in the United States. Quilting is a method of joining layers of material together.

Although there are some variations, a quilt generally means a bed cover made of two layers of fabric with a filling layer (wadding) in the middle, which is held together by stitching lines. Stitches are usually based on a pattern or design. Two other exhibitions were The New American Quilt at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City in 1976 and Quilt National in 1979, the first of the biennial exhibitions still in existence highlighting contemporary, generally original designs. Due to feminism and the new craft movements of the 1960s and 1970s, quilting techniques, traditionally used by women, became prominent in the creation of fine art.

This Star Wars striped zip tote was created with the Zippy Strippy pattern from Alkinson Designs Book Star Wars, cotton fabric available from Craft Warehouse. Rising Fawn, the craft center, continued to produce quilts until the mid-1970s; the designs are little known today, but still distinctive. Pattern by Elaine Byrum for Craft Warehouse A line of Bugs Life fabrics from Timeless Treasures This fun quilt can be made quickly and easily. Quilt making, like all crafts and all art, is literally manual labor, that is, applying some kind of skill by hand in the manufacture of decorative objects.

Particularly in North America, where early settlers from England and Holland established quilting as a popular craft, there is a tradition of making quilts for a girl who is about to get married, with the aim of sewing an entire quilt in one day. Intricate and beautiful, yet durable and practical: Quilting is a craft that provides more than just a warm blanket for frosty nights. By the turn of the century, both patchwork and quilting, as handicrafts so closely associated with women, became techniques used by artists such as Tracey Emin and Michelle Walker to explore notions of “feminine art” and work. Quilt makers had kept the ship alive and in a relatively pure state, the latter largely because no culture tsar had bothered to look closely at it.


Shelby J Greener
Shelby J Greener

Amateur food lover, wannabe travelaholic, general tea expert, certified quilting fanatic