Making quilts is an age old tradition and while its origins are yet to be determined, the practice can easily be traced back to ancient Egyptians (c. 34000 B.C.E). the word “Quilt” is borrowed from the Latin word culcita, meaning "stuffed sack." In the mid and late 11th century, crusaders coming from the Middle East brought quilts to Europe, and by the Middle Ages, quilted garments were what knights wore beneath their armor. Today, the earliest surviving bed quilt from 1360 is the "Tristan quilt," made in Sicily c.
For ages, quilts have provided exceptional insulation from extreme elements. They have been know to be very useful to early colonists who did not have easy access to new cloth and spinning fabric was too labor intensive. In this scenario, salvaging fabrics and making quilts out of them was the best way of surviving the elements. In Fact, during this time and even now, quilting became so popular that it became a communal activity. Entire villages would come together for "quilting bees," and have many people working on a single quilt. Later on quilting became an important part of daily life also, since young women were gauged for their efficacy as good wives based on the number of quilt they had created as part of their trousseau.
So what is quilting? Quilting is the stitching together of three or more layers of cloth in sort of a sandwich formation. The front and back covers are sewed together in a decorative design. Quilting can either be done by hand or machine.
When Quilting by hand, it is usually done on a quilting 'hoop' or frame with special needles, called 'betweens'. One hand is used for stitching, while the other is kept underneath to feel for the needle. Since it is a highly tedious and long process, handmade quilts are far more expensive and prized possessions. Handmade quits are unique since the stitches are made to be straight and uniform, something which is hard to achieve by human hand.
Machine quilting on the other had is not all that difficult, but not as easy either. It is done on a regular sewing machine, with a 'walking foot' to ensure that all the layers are sewed smoothly and perfectly by the machine. Machine made quilts are sewed with thread matched with the fabric, if that is not possible the invisible monofilament thread is used in its place.
But whatever method is used for quilting, the basic design is visible as a 'shadow line'. However, each method creates its own unique shadow line. Handmade quilts have a dotted line. While machine quilting, being faster and more precise yields straighter, finer lines which are a bit harsher. Hand quilting gives softer and more dimensional results than machine quilting.
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