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History of Quilts

The art of quilt making and the quilt patterns that accompany it go back hundreds of years. As anyone who has grown up in a family where quilt design and making were a family pasttime, or a necessity, the making of one is an art and the art begins with the pattern. Quilts are very much an American art, rising to prominence in the mid-1800s. They are commonly family heirlooms that are passed down from generation to generation, a symbol of warmth and caring given from grandparent to grandchild to child.

A family may have a specific pattern that they pass down to boys or girls or the quilters in the family may each come up with their own pattern that they design and sew. Quilting can be a solo hobby or job or it can be a community affair. We all have heard of quilting bees. Few people know that they came about to combine the neccesity for work and the need for socialization - comparable to a modern day beauty parlor - the ladies in a quilting group would decide on a quilting pattern and then set about making the blanket. This reduced the time that it takes to make the item drastically and each person would take turns receiving the finished item.

Easy Quilt Patterns

Easy quilt patterns consist of generally few pieces you could technically make a blanket out of one or two pieces of fabric. The real complexity of quilting comes in piecing the blocks together that form the top. The top is usually divided up into blocks or squares, the complexity of the those squares and the number of them have a direct influence in whether projects are easy quilt patterns or difficult ones. A simple design may consist of five blocks and seven rows. Each row may have one solid color block alternating with a more complex block made of say three strips. The three strips being four inches by twelve inches. When you sew the three strips together you get a twelve inche square block and can then alternate between it and the solid color block. This would make a nice visiually appealing easy quilt patterns. This can also be grouped with beginner quilt patterns.

Like any hobby one must begin learning the skill somewhere. In quilting the skill is most times learned from another skilled quilter, commonly a family member. When a young man or woman begins to learn the craft the older experienced quilter will sort through beginner quilt patterns to find one that is both aesthetically pleasing and of a difficulty level that will allow completion but also teaches the fundamental skills of quilting. Quilting is a family tradition passed down from one generation to the next with no formal training process. Although, in recent years it has become a hobby and a social outlet for younger generations to connect with each other.

Digging Through Patterns

There are literally millions of quilt patterns - limited only by one's imagination in creating a new pattern. To start to choose from amongst all of them, you should first choose a category. Are you looking for baby quilt patterns or perhaps a wall hanging. You may be looking for Santa quilt patterns for the upcoming holidays. Depending on your experience, you may want to choose your category of pattern differently. Think in terms of beginner designs vs. advanced ones. Popular designs include star quilts, flower quilts, christmas quilts and more. Happily, a newlywed couple will be given one made from the wedding ring pattern as a symbol of their bond. There are also different types of designs for different lifestyles and home decor. If you have a country home, log cabin quilt patterns may be what you're looking for, whereas if you have a modern apartment with contemporary decor, you may be looking for s specialized applique design. Regardless of your taste or the taste of the person you're making the item for, there are many to choose from.

The Layers

Quilts are, like most families, made of several layers, the materials themselves can vary but the layers tend to remain the same. There is the top layer, this is the layer where quilt patterns appear and are the layer that is turned face up when displayed on a bed, sofa, or as a quilted wall hanging.

The batting is the middle layer of the blanket. This is the layer that gives the bedding its softness and most of it's body and also allows the pattern to take on a topographical relief once the quilting of the layers is done. The batting can be made of many different materials. Wool, cotton, or synthetic filling are popular items to use as batting.

The backing is just what it sounds like, the back of the blanket. This is the part that is face down. It is preferred that this material be soft and warm. There is a wide array of fabric that can be used as backing. Everything from flannel to fleece to cotton and more can be used as backing. Once the quilting is completed the back of the linen will display the art of the quilting stitch to the user. It's interesting to watch quilt patterns come alive on the backing as it is being made. The backing is more often than not a solid color so as to leave the attention to the front of the bedding. quilts.

Traditional Patterns

As mentioned above, there are limitless ideas available for the quilter and the consumer. Below are some traditional quilts. Remember whether you are a new or experienced quilter, or if you are looking to purchase one, there are designs available for everyone's skill level and decorative tastes.


Amish quilt patterns, much like the Amish way of life, are conservative and traditional. They are also beautiful and very prized by any collector. The beauty of Amish quilts comes from the actual quilting. The quilt patterns of the Amish are thus made by the stitching and not the fabric, as the fabric is limited to solid colors, often in black to preserve the religious beliefs of the amish people.


Applique quilt patterns are another form of the craft of quilting. It is most often used in the alternate or blank blocks of a quilt pattern. This is a popular technique when making Irish chain quilts. Applique quilt patterns consist often of floral arrangements or characters or animals made of fabric and basted upon the blank material. Often different scenes can be played out with the appliques across applique quilt patterns. The skill required to properly apply applique can take time to acquire but the beauty of the form is often well worth the time invested to learn the process.

Baltimore Album Quilts

As you may have guessed, Baltimore Album quilt patterns originated in the state of Maryland in the mid-19th century. This pattern can often be identified by the use of blocks and the addition of an applique in each block which is then quilted into the design. More than likely, if you are in possession of quilts with Baltimore Album quilt patterns they have flowers on them, although other designs are available.

Hawaiian Quilts

Hawaiian quilt patterns are identifiable by the fact that they have a solid background color of fabric over which a large single applique is applied to create the quilts pattern. The applique and the background color are more often than not chosen in highly contrasting colors. As there is abundant vegatation in Hawaii, their designs are often centered around the flowers and plants that are native to the islands.

Log Cabin Quilts

Log cabin quilt patterns are often identified by a small square in the middle surrounded by increasing long strips of fabric that go around and around the center square until the correct size is formed. Alternatively, rather than wrapping in a circlular pattern, the strips may stay parrallel on each side of the center square until it is complete.

Baby Quilt Patterns

While baby quilt patterns do not have a specific look, they are immensely popular, what better way to welcome a new family member home than in a hand made heirloom made from designs especially for him or her. Many families also have baby quilts that have been passed down for generations, with each new family member being taken home and cared for in it. Often the quilt patterns have some significance to the family, whether they are made from old quilts, old clothes, or the pattern was designed by an ancestor, all the quilt blocks hold special memories.

Whether you are a consumer, a quilter, or just have an interest in the history of american quilt patterns this website is for you. We offers more than advice, we offers a history lesson, guidance, help in finding the right products, help in finding the right quilt software to design a new pattern, tips on fixing quilting errors, recommendations on where to buy the highest quality quilts, and more. Visit us often as new information will be posted daily to the website.