The Art Of
American Patchwork Quilting
The patchwork quilting has been around in
America since the colonial times. It used to be
that patchwork quilting was made from leftover
fabric or was taken from clothes that were no
longer usable. Now people are doing patchwork
quilting for fun and have made it into a form
of art. People like to use fine fabrics, and
create detailed stitching and beautiful designs
on their patchwork quilting.
There are three layers of
fabric in patchwork quilts. The top layer is
considered the patchwork layer. The middle
layer is used as insulation and is called
batting or wadding. The third layer is the
backing. All three layers are stitched together
to make the patchwork quilt.
Patchwork quilting has
nearly always been used to make money at
different charity events. When quilting first
began, it was used in a fund raiser during the
civil war. Now we see them in fund raisers for
people, like leukemia patients.
The Diversity of American
When looking at American
patchwork quilting, you will see that there is
great variety in the types of quilting.
Different ethnicities prefer different fabrics
and designs for their patchwork quilting.
Native American patchwork quilting is unique
because of how it incorporates so much of the
Native American culture in its style. The
Morning Star quilts are well known for their
eight pointed star design that covers the
The Amish patchwork quilting
is known for the beautiful geometric designs,
whereas the African American patchwork quilting
is known for the contrasting colors and large
appealing patterns. Hawaiian patchwork quilting
stands out because of its classical pattern of
a circular repeated sequence. This type of
quilting is called the "Snowflake" and it
consists of only two or three colors.
Western patchwork quilting
presents a look that seems to embody ranching
life. You can find fabric for western quilts
that have horses, cowboy boots, cacti, and even
cowboys on them. This fabric makes it easy to
portray life on a ranch. Over time we are
beginning to see more personal style in each
persons patchwork quilting, making quilting
even more of an art.
If you want your new quilt
to have an older look, there are fabrics
available with civil war prints or even designs
of the 30s and 40s. These types of fabrics are
called reproduction fabrics.
Find New Uses for Your
Although you often see
patchwork quilting used as bedspreads and
throws, quilting is finding a lot more uses
these days. By downsizing or just changing the
shape of the patchwork quilting, it can be used
as a potholder, table runner, wall hanging, or
even a baby quilt. The possibilities are
endless if you use your creativity. Because of
its classic look, patchwork quilting continues
to fill American homes.
When patchwork quilting is
used in charity events, you will see a number
of skilled women quilters get together to
prepare for the event. These quilters are known
as Quilting Bees and the group meeting together
is called a Quilting Guild.
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