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Please see MAQS - The Museum of the American Quilter's Society

Quinobi 08:50, 30 Sep 2004 (UTC)

American vs. British English[edit]

I see "compostannie" changed "wadding" to "batting", saying that wadding was incorrect term. In fact, the British sewing books I have use the term wadding. So it is not wrong. Likewise, words such as muslin and calico have different definitions in British English vs. American English usage.

Merging of Art quilt article[edit]


  • MERGE: Its totally mergeable, probably verbatim. The Quilt article will improve and be more interesting. Removal of the Art quilt article, and redirection to Quilt, will not suffer readership. --SFDan 05:03, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
  • Regarding merging the 'Comforter' and 'Quilt' articles: I'm not sure this would be a good idea ... Are all comforters quilted? I thought not (but may be incorrect). Hh 19:28, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
  • These two articles should not be merged. A comforter is typically not quilted and is primarily used for decoration not warmth. -Nv8200p talk 03:53, 2 March 2007 (UTC)
  • do not merge NV8200p is exactly right. Cornell Rockey 14:54, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

Quilting vs Knotting or Tying.[edit]

Nowadays the meaning of Quilt has gotten rather blurred. As I learned it, a Quilt is two pieces of fabric with batting between them secured by sewing through all layers in a pattern. If you knot or tie it's not a Quilt, even if the top is pieced or appliqued. The term Quilt refers to the technique of sewing, not to the item. Quilted Comforter or Quilted Spread would be a more exact description, as would Knotted or Tied Comforter. Still, the term has gotten so blurry that it's no good trying to fix things. "Aids Quilt" is easier to say that Aids Memorial Fabric Artwork.--Saxophobia 18:15, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Art Quilt Links[edit]

I thought that the Quilt National and QuiltArt links were good balances for the other links in that they have galleries of contemporary, often non-traditional quilts which demonstrate some of what is happening in the "art quilt" world. In addition, the QuiltArt pages contain galleries of individual artists' works and a long-standing archive of messages from an active community.

I guess I don't understand the presence of the Vermont Quilt Festival but not the International Quilt Festival or other large quilt shows in the UK or Japan (the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival for example has about 250K visitors at recent shows). —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mbquilts (talkcontribs) 18:07, 8 October 2006.

You are right, there isn't really a good reason to have the Vermont Quilt Festival link either - I've removed it. We've still got rather too many external links here - see WP:EL for guidelines. It is not correct to include links to sites that happen to be related to quilts and quilting. Idealy, as much information as possible should be included in the article, but it is valid to include links to material that can't be incorporated for copyright reasons, or which provide useful, non-commercial further reading or background that goes beyond the appropriate scope of an encyclopedia article. -- Solipsist 18:24, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

List of people in quilting[edit]

I have tagged this section for cleanup of external links. A few issues:

  • the persons listed should meet notability requirements
  • links within the body of an article should be internal (wikipedia) links; external website links belong in an External links section
  • articles should not contain links to sites that primarily exist to sell products or services

See WP:LINKS for further info. Maralia 03:04, 15 July 2007 (UTC) Marie D. Webster (1859-1956) is a woman who was born in Marion, Indiana the eldest of six children. After the age of 50, she took up quilting when it enjoyed a revival at the turn of the century. According to a short biography written by her granddaughter, Rosalind Webster Perry, in Quilts; Their Story and How to Make Them, Marie didn't take to the geometrical patterns of the time so she cut out and fashioned her own patterns based on flowers and other designs. Eventually she published her patterns, sold them in what we would now call a "cottage industry" in pre-made kits. She also wrote for magazines and she wrote the book mentioned before. She researched the history of quilting extensively and has long been considered the foremost authority on the history of quilting.

In recent years, the house in Marion, IN where she grew up has been restored and turned into a museum in her honor. There is a website to give details for this museum. Also, The Indianapolis Museum of Art owns several of her original quilts in its collection and exhibits them periodically. There are at least two books of her patterns that have been published. Together, they include all her known published patterns. Unfortunately, at least one is out of print. Her granddaughter, Rosalind Perry, owns the copyrights and may be planning to publish them again. Main source material: book-- Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them, by Marie D. Webster; New Edition of America's First Quilt Book with a biography of the author by Rosalind Webster Perry; Practical Patchwork, PO Box 30065, Santa Barbara, CA, 1990.Zjrosner (talk) 02:37, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

Emotions section[edit]

This says: "Quilts focused on the September 11, 2001 attacks have particularly explored grief and anger". Without being insensitive, I can't for the life of me see how a quilt can do this. I can get how a poem or a piece of drama, or even a painting, might convey these sorts of emotions, but sewn-together patches of fabric in an abstract pattern? Can this section be expanded to explain how these quilts manage to do this? As it is, it just sounds like pseudish, artsy nonsense. Cheers, Neale Neale Monks 17:55, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

For anyone who wants to take on the task of expanding the section, this book would be a good resource, documenting a special exhibition at IQF in Houston. Neale's reaction shows why a major expansion of the Art Quilt section is in order, if someone thinks a painting can convey something a quilt can't. :) --Fabrictramp 18:55, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

I can provide three very good examples of how a quilt can help someone express and even exorcise grief and anger. I was in a quilt group, a "bee" with about 8 other women when I was a fairly new quilter. At one gathering, a lady told about a recent trip she took with her family and they experienced a terrible airplane ride. It really disturbed her so when she got home, she made a wall hanging out of orange and black fabrics with cut outs of people sewn down and jagged black lines across the quilt and a plane flying all crooked. It was a visually jarring quilt and portrayed her trauma quite well!

The second example comes from a visitor to the bee who heard this woman's story. She told of going through a stormy divorce because her husband "replaced her with a newer model." She was so angry at him that she had a hard time even getting any enjoyment from her quilting, so she decided to make a "Mad" quilt. My memory now fails me as to what all she put into the design, but I think it was things that represented their marriage and maybe attributes about his new girlfriend. She fantasized about driving over them with her truck, but knew she never really would. So after she was finished with the quilt, she took it outside on the driveway, painted her truck's front tire black and ran over the quilt instead! The tire marks became part of the design of the quilt and she said it made her feel so much better. She got laughs every time she told the story.

The third example is so obvious you're going to smack your forehead when I remind you of the AIDS Quilt Project that is ongoing and growing on an international level. It is an opportunity for the family and friends of those victims of AIDS to grieve and memorialize their loved ones in tangible fabric. It has been a source of grieving and healing for those who have made quilts and others who have come to see the quilts when they are displayed in travelling exhibits. Zjrosner (talk) 20:25, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

Quilting techniques[edit]

Shouldn't that section be removed with the {{main}} added to the top of the techniques section? Anna Frodesiak (talk) 13:51, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

China section[edit]

I will add a section I just added to Quilting. I may be removed there because quilting involves sewing. So, the section will exist at both articles for a while, and removed from one by those who know best (not me). Anna Frodesiak (talk) 13:51, 21 January 2012 (UTC)


Why and where does this article need to be cleaned up? How should it be cleaned up? Hyacinth (talk) 07:24, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

The sections are kind of wonky. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 09:15, 1 April 2012 (UTC)
I was surprised to not see footnotes, though I'm newish to WP. And I wondered, shouldn't techniques include ordinary piecing, too? Tlqk56 (talk) 14:54, 19 July 2012 (UTC)

Amish Quilts[edit]

edited to reflect recent scholarship on Amish quilts, including the importance of the Amish quilt industry and consumer demand. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jannekenls (talkcontribs) 18:01, 17 June 2014 (UTC)