from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of doing quilted work.
  • n. Material used to make quilts.
  • n. Material that has been quilted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A layer or layers of quilted padding.
  • n. A coating of strands of rope for a water vessel.
  • n. The practice of creating quilts
  • v. Present participle of quilt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of stitching or running in patterns, as in making a quilt.
  • n. A quilting bee. See Bee, 2.
  • n. The material used for making quilts.
  • n. A coating of strands of rope for a water vessel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or operation of forming a quilt.
  • n. The material used for making quilts; padding or lining.
  • n. Quilted work.
  • n. A kind of cloth resembling diaper, having a pattern slightly marked by the direction of the threads or raised in low relief. It is made of cotton and of linen, and is used, like piqué, for waistcoats.
  • n. Nautical: A beating with a rope's end.
  • n. A coating for a water-vessel (such as an earthen monkey or jar), formed of sennit, rope-strands, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a material used for making a quilt, or a quilted fabric
  • n. stitching through layers of fabric and a filling so as to create a design


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  • While it may not enjoy the most glamorous of reputations, quilting is making a comeback: in 2010 the V&A will launch one of the finest quilting exhibitions in the world and introduce a brand new audience to the craft.

    Festival of Quilts

  • The fill-in quilting was fairly random, using some similar shapes to the coloured quilting and otherwise, just loose rectangly shapes.

    Finished. Whew.

  • Pinning the quilt together for quilting is the least fun project, but if I have a day to myself where there are no kids around and no errands, I can lay it out on the floor and pin it in small bits between other sewing, and it won't be quite so boring.

    Goals accomplished, goals set

  • I adore the purple block and the quilting is fantastic.


  • I decided to use a variety of variegated threads - the quilting is going to be my basic flame meander which I tend to work in diagonal rows (approximately) anyway.

    Variegated flames

  • I know that nachine quilting is much quicker than hand, but sometimes it doen't feel like it!

    Let the quilting begin

  • If you are interested in quilting or in the history of quilting, I encourage you to go check out the Sew, Mama, Sew Blog.

    February is Quilting Month at "Sew, Mama, Sew"

  • And whereas fashion, in keeping with the times, seems to hurl girls and women out of the home to exert power in the world, quilting is an artistic expression that is a quest for comfort and beauty in the home.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • I'm also planning a little piece of Celtic hand-applique and quilting to celebrate my reading of John O'Donohue's Anam Cara but more of that (with explanation for those who think Celtic quilting is about football) in another post, though you'll be delighted to know I thought ahead and stocked up for that project too ... and one or two others.

    Sunday Salon - Cowslip heaven

  • I love the mini quilt and the basket weave quilting is very interesting.

    Spring Mini, JQP26, winner


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