Quilting is the practise of making
a fabric sandwich - where two pieces of material are fastened
together with some type of stuffing in the middle. Quilts
were used solely as bedcovers in 13th century England.
of a single top sheet and a single bottom sheet with crests
or images stitched
on their surface for decoration.
Fast track to North America
where cloth became scarce in years of strife and political
upheaval. Women living in the western states and provinces
were the hardest hit and began the practise of piecing
blocks or squares of well-worn
together to make one quilt. This could be used
to pad seats, welcome new neighbors, wrap precious keepsakes
in, or bury the dead. They have been used as doors, curtains,
swings and tents.