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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

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Elegant Flower Pattern Vintage Handmade Quilt 78" X 78"
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
Elegant Flower Pattern Vintage Handmade Quilt 78" X 78"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$47521 Bids
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Lovely Vintage Handmade Quilt 79" X 101"
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
Lovely Vintage Handmade Quilt 79" X 101"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$19015 Bids
Handmade Quilt 40” X 60”
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Handmade Quilt 40” X 60”
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2113 Bids
Vintage Quilt 49" X 60"
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Quilt 49" X 60"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$259 Bids
Nice Hand Stitched Quilt, 78 x 74 in. (198.1 x 188 cm.)
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CST
Nice Hand Stitched Quilt, 78 x 74 in. (198.1 x 188 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$907 Bids
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Hand Made Quilt Vintage
Mar 16, 2:00 PM EDT
Hand Made Quilt Vintage
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $40- $120
$555 Bids
Vintage Handmade Quilt 80" X 60"
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Handmade Quilt 80" X 60"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$134 Bids
Lot of Six Vintage Quilts
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Lot of Six Vintage Quilts
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$704 Bids
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Beautiful Hand Made Quilt 80" X 80"
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
Beautiful Hand Made Quilt 80" X 80"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$74 Bids
Hand Stitched Blue Pinwheel Quilt, 86 x 78 in. (218.4 x 198.1 cm.)
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CST
Hand Stitched Blue Pinwheel Quilt, 86 x 78 in. (218.4 x 198.1 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$454 Bids
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Antique Handstitched Quilt 69" X 60"
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
Antique Handstitched Quilt 69" X 60"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
Flower Garden Quilt
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Flower Garden Quilt
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$503 Bids
Antique Strip Quilt
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Strip Quilt
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$503 Bids
Lot of Two Vintage Quilts
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Lot of Two Vintage Quilts
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Est: $50- $100
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Antique hand stitched Applique Flower Basket Quilt
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Antique hand stitched Applique Flower Basket Quilt
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $200- $300
$203 Bids
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Stunning Vintage Hand Stitched Quilt 90" X 78"
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
Stunning Vintage Hand Stitched Quilt 90" X 78"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
Hand Stitched White and Yellow Star Quilt, 104 x 84 in. (264.2 x 213.4 cm.)
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CST
Hand Stitched White and Yellow Star Quilt, 104 x 84 in. (264.2 x 213.4 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
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Hand Made Wildlife quilt
Mar 16, 2:00 PM EDT
Hand Made Wildlife quilt
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $40- $100
$202 Bids
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Blue and Black Patchwork Tack quilt
Mar 16, 2:00 PM EDT
Blue and Black Patchwork Tack quilt
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $40- $100
$252 Bids
Gee's Bend "Work Clothes" Wool & Silk Rug
Mar 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Gee's Bend "Work Clothes" Wool & Silk Rug
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1002 Bids
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Vintage Alison Wonderland Handmade Baby Quilt 62" X 42"
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Alison Wonderland Handmade Baby Quilt 62" X 42"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
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Vintage Handmade Quilt 68" X 60"
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Handmade Quilt 68" X 60"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
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Beautiful Hand Made Quilt & Pillow Cases 87" X 82"
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
Beautiful Hand Made Quilt & Pillow Cases 87" X 82"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
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Vintage Hand Made Quilt 60"x 80"
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Hand Made Quilt 60"x 80"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Quilts


Aether Auctions

Aether Auctions

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Old Kinderhook Auction Company

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