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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Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
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Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
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Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
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Calico print cotton "Irish Chain" pattern quilt
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
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Two Quilts
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
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$203 Bids
Early Mennonite tulip appliqued quilt attributed to central PA
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
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$352 Bids
Antique Quilt Dated Circa 1840
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
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by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
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$102 Bids
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LARGE HAND KNITTED BLANKET AND LARGE VINTAGE QUILT
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
LARGE HAND KNITTED BLANKET AND LARGE VINTAGE QUILT
by Aether Auctions
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Oct 20, 9:00 AM EDT
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Amish Center Diamond Quilt
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Amish Center Diamond Quilt
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $300- $600
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Oct 21, 5:00 PM PDT
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by MBA Seattle Auction LLC
Est: $1,000- $2,000
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Abstract Modernist Vintage Quilt
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Abstract Modernist Vintage Quilt
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$201 Bid
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Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
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Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
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Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
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by Pace & Hong Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$221 Bid
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Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
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Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Quilts


Apple Tree Auction Center

Apple Tree Auction Center

Haynault

Haynault

Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC

Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC

Horst Auctioneers

Horst Auctioneers