The reasons for quilting are diverse: they can simply be something to keep people warm; they can be copies of old quilts, celebrating the past; they can play with fabric patterns and textures for sheer pleasure, exercise and the beauty of the result. This easy patchwork quilt is divided by a row of stars on this charming quilt. The stars transform a simple quilt into something special and it is an easy quilt to make too, even for beginners. Start with a package of 10 squares of layered cake for a quick finish. A favorite fabric line will look wonderful on this quilt, as will a variety of fabric styles. Seasonal fabrics will also be great. Consider cutting out the centers of the stars to show your favorite motifs.
The word quilt comes from the Latin culcita, a kind of mattress or cushion filled with something soft and warm (as well as feathers, wool or hair) and used for laying or covering. Quilting, which means quilting, and Patchwork are partners in the world of crafts, and have been together for thousands of years. Evidence of the existence of quilting goes back several centuries before the Romans. A funerary carpet, found in Russia on the floor of a chief’s grave, and dated to somewhere between 100 B.C. to 200 A.D., is probably the oldest quilting item that survived. Evidence of the existence of quilting goes back several centuries before the Romans. A funerary carpet, found in Russia on the floor of a chief’s grave, and dated to somewhere between 100 B.C. to 200 A.D., is probably the oldest quilting item that survived.
Detail of a quilt
One of the most important uses of quilting in many ancient societies was in the manufacture of personal armor and used especially by the army of China, Japan, India and across Europe, until the Middle Ages, as they provided an effective defense against sword blows, spears and arrows. Some occasional surviving articles have also been found in Sicily, dating from the late 14th century. Although the reference to quilt occurs almost exclusively in the reports and inventories of the families of the upper middle classes, it is reasonable to assume that women from poor families also quilted. Some examples of English quilting date from the early 18th century. Patchwork and quilting were common occupations in most societies, until coverings and bed covers became manufactured and gained general availability. Only after that did they start to be associated with the poor, who could not acquire manufactured goods and ready-made parts. This association between patchwork and poverty lasted until social standards changed after World War II, when women started to leave home to work.
Patchwork and quilting work
In North America, especially in the United States, patchwork and quilting were part of the social scene, particularly in rural areas, where they have been practiced since colonial times. They served as a tool for survival, for social escape due to cooperation in assembling large items and, in general, they were the only form of creative expression for women who often lived in isolated places. The execution of “blocks” certainly developed for simple and practical reasons, as they were easy to carry when the family moved and could be worked in idle hours both in periods of change and in small spaces. American quilting has been the most influential in recent years around the world, particularly in places like Australia and Japan.
Do you know what fun means?! It means: Act or effect of having fun; Deviation of the spirit to things other than those that concern you; Act to go back to one and the other part. Do this and have a great job! This quilt, when finished, is 54.5 ″ X 63.5 ″.
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