Quilting beyond time and spaceWhen you create a quilt, you become part of a tradition that stretches thousands of years into the past. A tradition that originated in Ancient Egypt, 3,400 BC.
The first known quilt depicted on a carved ivory figure represents an early Pharaoh. The oldest preserved quilt is from Sicily and was made in the 14th century. Today, it is displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.
The spread of quilting techniques across the world is fairly easy to follow. From their origin in Asia and the Far East, quilts accompanied the crusaders westward in the Middle Ages. These quilts were mainly used as padding under heavy armor.
The technique, stitching two layers of fabric with a warmer material between them was quickly adopted by women in cold countries like Holland and England. Gradually they began experimenting with patterns, several of which are still used today.