Quilting in Petersburg: Rain Country Quilters


March 14, 2019

Brian Varela / Petersburg Pilot

Dona Butler ties a quilt to prevent the layers from moving.

A quilt is a layer of batting or stuffing between two layers of fabric. Early American quilts were the result of patched together pieces of worn out blankets and clothing. Since fabrics had to be woven these items were purely functional. By the mid-18th century Americans were making elaborate quilts designed to be handed down, often pieced together from salvaged pieces of clothing and other bedding. Today's quilts span the spectrum from traditional to modern to being an art form. According to the 2017 Quilting in America Survey, quilting is a $3.7 billion dollar industry, with 7-10 million...

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