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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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2 Vintage quilts
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
2 Vintage quilts
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
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Vintage Hand Sewn Texas Star Pattern Quilt
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Vintage Hand Sewn Texas Star Pattern Quilt
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Antique Hand Sewn Sunbonnet Sue Quilt from 1934
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Hand Sewn Sunbonnet Sue Quilt from 1934
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Est: $100- $200
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Antique Tulip Quilt from 1853 by Susan Thompson
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Tulip Quilt from 1853 by Susan Thompson
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Antique Hand Sewn Pot of Flowers Quilt
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Antique Hand Sewn Pot of Flowers Quilt
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Antique Hand Sewn Laundry Basket Honeycomb Quilt
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Antique Hand Sewn Laundry Basket Honeycomb Quilt
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Est: $100- $200
$702 Bids
Child Size Star Quilt
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Child Size Star Quilt
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Est: $500- $750
$502 Bids
Antique Hand Sewn Ohio Star Quilt
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Antique Hand Sewn Ohio Star Quilt
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Incredible Colors Antique Log Cabin Half Square Triangles NC Quilt
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Incredible Colors Antique Log Cabin Half Square Triangles NC Quilt
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Two Old Quilts- as found
Jun 22, 6:30 PM EDT
Two Old Quilts- as found
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Est: $0- $0
$151 Bid
Antique Sunbonnet Sue and Sal Hand Sewn Quilt
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Sunbonnet Sue and Sal Hand Sewn Quilt
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Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Antique Red and Purple Hand Sewn Chair Quilt
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Red and Purple Hand Sewn Chair Quilt
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Antique Hand Sewn Pinwheel Pattern Quilt
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Hand Sewn Pinwheel Pattern Quilt
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Est: $100- $200
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Large Bolivian Quilted Vicuña Fur Wall Hanging
May 26, 10:00 AM MST
Large Bolivian Quilted Vicuña Fur Wall Hanging
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Antique American Piece Quilt
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique American Piece Quilt
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Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Postage Stamp Quilt with Diamond and Double Border
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Postage Stamp Quilt with Diamond and Double Border
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Vintage Rose Pattern Quilt Full Bedspread
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Rose Pattern Quilt Full Bedspread
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Antique Yellow Green and Red Tulip Quilt
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Yellow Green and Red Tulip Quilt
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Vintage Hand Sewn Quilt Mariner's Compass Pattern
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Hand Sewn Quilt Mariner's Compass Pattern
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Antique Hand Sewn Quilt Signature Squares
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Hand Sewn Quilt Signature Squares
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Flower Garland Quilt
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Pennsylvania Dutch Flower Garland Quilt
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Antique Log Cabin Pattern Hand Sewn Quilt
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Log Cabin Pattern Hand Sewn Quilt
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Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Quilts


Willow Auction House

Willow Auction House

Atlee Raber Auctioneer

Atlee Raber Auctioneer

Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC

Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC

New England Auctions

New England Auctions