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quilting

[kwil-ting] /ˈkwɪl tɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person who quilts.
2.
material for making quilts.
3.
a heavily padded wrapping, as for fragile cargo.
Origin of quilting
1605-1615
1605-15; quilt + -ing1

quilt

[kwilt] /kwɪlt/
noun
1.
a coverlet for a bed, made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down, between them and stitched in patterns or tufted through all thicknesses in order to prevent the filling from shifting.
2.
anything quilted or resembling a quilt.
3.
a bedspread or counterpane, especially a thick one.
4.
Obsolete. a mattress.
verb (used with object)
5.
to stitch together (two pieces of cloth and a soft interlining), usually in an ornamental pattern.
6.
to sew up between pieces of material.
7.
to pad or line with material.
verb (used without object)
8.
to make quilts or quilted work.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English quilte < Old French cuilte < Latin culcita mattress, cushion
Related forms
quilter, noun
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  • She deals in the private transactions of the sewing circle, the quilting party, with all the arcana of the fair sex.

    Talkers John Bate
  • Embroidery may be added to the quilting, and this is often an improvement.

  • In-doors it was the same, and quilting bees and huskings and spinning bees made work and play shade into each other.

    Noah Webster Horace E. Scudder
  • I am sure Mother will want my help with her quilting this afternoon.

    A Little Maid of Old Maine Alice Turner Curtis
  • In earlier days the quilting frame could be found in every home, its simple construction making this possible.

    Quilts Marie D. Webster
  • It was drunk at every spinning-bee, quilting, or other gathering of women.

  • The beauty of the quilt depends upon the design drawn for the quilting and the fine stitches with which the quilting is done.

    Quilts Marie D. Webster
  • (b) quilting, banding, practice for curves and square corners.

    The Making of a Trade School Mary Schenck Woolman
British Dictionary definitions for quilting

quilting

/ˈkwɪltɪŋ/
noun
1.
material used for making a quilt
2.
the act or process of making a quilt
3.
quilted work

quilt

/kwɪlt/
noun
1.
a thick warm cover for a bed, consisting of a soft filling sewn between two layers of material, usually with crisscross seams
2.
a bedspread or counterpane
3.
anything quilted or resembling a quilt
verb (transitive)
4.
to stitch together (two pieces of fabric) with (a thick padding or lining) between them: to quilt cotton and wool
5.
to create (a garment, covering, etc) in this way
6.
to pad with material
7.
(Austral, informal) to strike; clout
Derived Forms
quilter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French coilte mattress, from Latin culcita stuffed item of bedding
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Word Origin and History for quilting

quilt

n.

c.1300, "mattress with soft lining," from Anglo-French quilte, Old French cuilte, coute "quilt, mattress" (12c.), from Latin culcita "mattress, bolster," of unknown origin. Sense of "thick outer bed covering" is first recorded 1590s.

v.

1550s, from quilt (n.). Related: Quilted; quilting. Quilting bee attested from 1824 (see bee).

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