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Quilts

Quilting is the process of securing wadding between two layers of fabric using stitching techniques. Since quilts are composed of multiple fabrics and padding, they have historically been used to provide warmth for their owners.

Quilts have been in use for thousands of years, although the earliest examples surviving today were made in northern Mongolia during the 1st century A.D. In Europe, bed quilts were commonplace by the 14th century, with many quilters creating elaborate patchwork and narrative scenes to decorate the fabric surfaces. In colonial America, African Americans made quilts for themselves and white slave owners and developed an increasingly distinctive style following their emancipation in 1865. Harriet Powers, a prominent African American quilt maker from Georgia, used traditional applique techniques to create pieces illustrating Bible stories and important astronomical events.

Since the '70s, embroiderers have been increasingly interested in reviving quilt making. Today, quilters across the world use a variety of hand quilting and machine quilting techniques to create these functional and decorative works of art.


Quick Facts

  • On September 15, 2015, Swann Auction Galleries sold "Maya Angelou’s Quilt of Life," quilted by Faith Ringgold, for $380,000
  • In 18th-century Europe, quilting was used not only to create bed covers, but also informal house jackets, night caps, and women’s petticoats
  • In 15th-century Sweden, quilts were made of silk, wool, and felt and produced exclusively for churches and the nobility

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vibrant Lightning Variation pattern quilt in solid dye cotton fabrics
Oct 01, 9:00 AM EDT
Vibrant Lightning Variation pattern quilt in solid dye cotton fabrics
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$26016 Bids
A queen-size Minijumbuk Thermal Wool Quilt (rrp $629.99)
Oct 01, 10:00 AM AEST
A queen-size Minijumbuk Thermal Wool Quilt (rrp $629.99)
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD20011 Bids
A handmade child's 'Gumnut Babies' quilt
Oct 01, 10:00 AM AEST
A handmade child's 'Gumnut Babies' quilt
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD355 Bids
ANTIQUE PINK & GREEN QUILT - HAWAIIAN
Oct 02, 11:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE PINK & GREEN QUILT - HAWAIIAN
by Americana Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$3255 Bids
ANTIQUE BLUE & BEIGE QUILT - HAWAIIAN
Oct 02, 11:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE BLUE & BEIGE QUILT - HAWAIIAN
by Americana Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$3255 Bids
A King size quilt marked Hotel Cloud Collection
Oct 01, 10:00 AM AEST
A King size quilt marked Hotel Cloud Collection
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD604 Bids
Christmas Quilt Set
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Christmas Quilt Set
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$154 Bids
Quilt Set
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Quilt Set
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$114 Bids
Blue & white Star pattern quilt
Oct 01, 9:00 AM EDT
Blue & white Star pattern quilt
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$1004 Bids
A King sheet set 'white' marked Odyssey & Quilt cover set
Oct 01, 10:00 AM AEST
A King sheet set 'white' marked Odyssey & Quilt cover set
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD303 Bids
Early Puritan Star Quilt
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Early Puritan Star Quilt
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$1103 Bids
Pennsylvania patchwork quilt
Oct 07, 9:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania patchwork quilt
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$2003 Bids
Colorful Checkerboard Patchwork Quilt
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Colorful Checkerboard Patchwork Quilt
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $300
$202 Bids
Two Queen size quilt cover sets (Thomas the tank engine)
Oct 01, 10:00 AM AEST
Two Queen size quilt cover sets (Thomas the tank engine)
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD252 Bids
Dated 1848 PA - Early Blue and White Coverlet
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Dated 1848 PA - Early Blue and White Coverlet
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$252 Bids
Pennsylvania patchwork friendship quilt
Oct 07, 9:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania patchwork friendship quilt
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1752 Bids
Quilt and Pillows
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Quilt and Pillows
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
SIX VINTAGE QUILTS
Oct 25, 9:00 AM CDT
SIX VINTAGE QUILTS
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $200
$1002 Bids
(3) PSYCHEDELIC VINTAGE SILK PATCHWORK QUILTS
Sep 29, 11:00 AM EDT
(3) PSYCHEDELIC VINTAGE SILK PATCHWORK QUILTS
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $1,000
$1202 Bids
ANTIQUE FLORAL TULIP QUILT
Oct 02, 11:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE FLORAL TULIP QUILT
by Americana Auctions
Est: $250- $350
$1251 Bid
Vintage Wedding Ring Quilt
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Wedding Ring Quilt
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$201 Bid
Hand Stitched Pin Wheel Quilt
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Hand Stitched Pin Wheel Quilt
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$201 Bid
Older Hand Stitched Quilt Of Brightly Colored Floral Fabrics
Oct 02, 3:00 PM PDT
Older Hand Stitched Quilt Of Brightly Colored Floral Fabrics
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $300- $600
$1201 Bid
2 Quilts, incl. Southern "Ragged Robbin" Quilt & Crazy Quilt
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
2 Quilts, incl. Southern "Ragged Robbin" Quilt & Crazy Quilt
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $350- $450
$1751 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Quilts


Winter Associates, Inc.

Winter Associates, Inc.

Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.