Patchwork quilts have a long and varied history, but didn’t become popular until hard times hit for settlers in America. When any type of textile became valuable, scraps from dresses, blankets, and any other clothing were carefully put in a bag to become part of quilts. At first, women made crazy quilts because their ease of construction. Crazy quilts had covers made usually of like material in random patterns arranged according to the size of the scraps available. A filling of batting, another blanket, or a sheet was added beneath the cover. A sheet or flannel blanket formed the back.
Two methods are used for attaching the three layers:
Tying, in which scraps of yarn or heavy thread tie the three layers together
Quilting, in which a hand needle and heavy thread is sewn through the three layers
Gradually, as time and machine-made fabric became more available, quilting became an art form. Quilts were put together carefully and stitched artistically with patterns of quilting. Some quilts, instead of being pieced, were woven or appliqued. Many of the quilts made from 1750 to 1850 are still in existence because characteristically quilts are durable and cherished. Some quilts are displayed in museums as works of art and are a revealing display.
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