Dating quilt blocks

Julie Johnson Random House Dictionary defines a quilt as "a coverlet for a bed, made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down, between them and stitched in patterns or tufted through all thicknesses in order to prevent the filling from shifting." The word quilt comes from the Latin.The origins of quilting remain unknown, but historians do know that quilting, piecing, and applique were used for clothing and furnishings in diverse parts of the world in early times. There are also numerous references to quilts in literature and also inventories of estates. They also used quilted garments to protect the metal armor from the elements (rain, snow, sun).

As the original colonists had brought quilting from the old world, the settlers who began moving west in the nineteenth century brought quilting with them. Quilting was a craft that adapted well to the Great Plains and quilts became an important asset to settlers on the plains.Often a quilting bee would be a full day affair with lunch served to the women who came to help and dinner for all the families. One of the happier functions of the quilting bee was to help provide young women with quilts for their hope chests.Because quilts provide protection from the elements, quilt-making is an art or skill that has never ceased to exist.When settlers arrived in the new world, they of course brought with them much of the cultural heritage from Europe.Although it is not known if they brought quilts with them, it is assumed that they brought the art of quilting with them.

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