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Top 10 Interesting Quilt Facts

Quilting is so much fun! From the fabric, the tools, the notions and the friendships… But have you ever thought of how it all came about? How long have we been quilting? Why do we quilt?

Here are the top 10 quilt facts we found after scouring the quilting world.

Free Kaleidoscope pattern

Free Kaleidoscope quilt pattern via Craftsy member Ahhh…quilting

10.  According to the word “quilt” dates back to around 1250. The term in Middle English was “quilte,” based on old French word cuilte derived from the Latin word “culcita” for mattress.

9.  Quilting can date back to 3400 BC. The oldest quilt still around today is The Tristan Quilt dated around 1360-1400.

8.  World’s largest quilt is the AIDS Memorial quilt and weighs approximately 54 tons.

7. The first rotary cutter was invented in 1979 by Olfa for garment making, but soon quilters realized the wonderful advantages to it.

Shop Olfa rotary cutters here.

pinwheel quilt

Pinwheel and Prairie Point Baby Quilt via Craftsy member Amanda

6.  A 2014 study showed that quilting in the United States is a $3.7 billion industry.

5.  The same study showed that more than 21 million people quilt, predominantly women with an average age of 62.

4. In Canada there is one national quilt organization that was founded in 1981. The Canadian Quilters’ Association has 20,000 members and holds an annual conference each year that includes their National Juried Show.

3. The Dresden Plate quilt block was the most popular quilt block in the 1920s and 30s. Although when first published in the early 20s, it had different names like Grandmother’s Sunburst, Dahlia and Sunflower.

Dresden quilt pattern free

Free Double Dresden Delight pattern via Craftsy member Melissa Corry

2. The first spools for thread were invented in the 1820s and used birch wood.

1. We quilt for the pure love of it!

block quilt pattern 

Color Block quilt via Craftsy member Quilts by Elena

What’s the most interesting fact you’ve ever learned about quilting?

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Marilyn Hines

Love quilting; some designs and methods do not appeal to me. I like the older designs; not too busy; I like all the designs above except the last one (the color block quilt). Since I don’t quilt a lot, and make mostly crib or queen size quilts I’m pretty picky. I do them mostly for gifts for special individuals, because I don’t want a stack of them to store. I do collect blocks, and quilt patterns or instructions, just incase I want something different. Thanks for all the info. love your website.


Thanks for the 10 quilting facts. I will share them with my fellow retreated this fall.


This made my project much easier . Thanks!

Jean Stolarski

Trying to find the pattern for the one by Amanda can’t seem to find it. There is another quilt pattern I’ve been looking for I was going to put it on Facebook hoping someone can let me know where to get it. Love craftsy!


Did you look on craftsy itself? Sometimes you have to search and search again on the site. Also, you might try pinterest, if you haven’t already.


Go to Moda bake shop, and search for baby prairie point quilt, pattern should come up. At least it did for me. Good luck. What other quilt pattern are you looking for?

Carol Scott

Craftsy has so many beautiful patterns and always have informative information

Sue Smith

Just learning to quilt

Sue Smith

Need help for beginners


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