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History of Quilts and Quilting

It is usually agreed upon that traditional Europeans & Americans had their launch in patchwork quilts in the year 1780. Patchwork quilts were quilting for beginners and were sewn jointly to provide blankets and clothing, as this was a necessity born out of scarcity. The earliest patchwork quilts that were utilized for blankets were sheets of cloth that were sewn simultaneously with a small amount of running stitches. According to some researchers, these primitive patchwork quilts were similar to the cumbersome and thick pallet quilts.

Due to the complexity of edging (that is, the finishing of edges of the quilt), layers of quilting frames were invented to facilitate the process of edging. In addition to this, the advancement in technology intensely affected the styles and number of patchwork quilts that were made during the 1800’s. When it comes to the industrial revolution, the turning point in the quilting history, it brought the most spectacular change, as fabrics and cloths have been manufactured on a wider scale. In the year 1840, the industry of textile had grown, and, as a result, commercial textiles were reasonably priced for consumers. Consequently, quilting for novices became widespread.

Another main shift in quilting history was in the mode of finished patchwork quilts. While a few quilts were made in block style, block quilts were very uncommon until the year 1840. With many textiles being manufactured, quilting novices formed their blocks with an amusing selection of fabrics. The availability and invention of the sewing machine greatly contributed to quilting history.

One of the best things about quilting is that you will be able to slash your preparation time in half, so you can have more time and greater satisfaction to create more stunning quilts. If you wish to gather a wealth of valuable information about quilting history, you will find countless forums by just browsing the web. Or you can find numerous ebooks, if you wish to conduct some historical research of your own.