quilt·​ing | \ ˈkwil-tiŋ How to pronounce quilting (audio) \

Definition of quilting

1 : material that is quilted or used for making quilts
2 : the process of quilting

Examples of quilting in a Sentence

Her hobbies include knitting and quilting.

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Then use the crevice tool to get into the quilting, along the edge welting, and where any pillow top is attached. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Mattress," 15 Oct. 2018 There was the option to try Hawaiian quilting — bold floral quilts that use an appliqué technique dating back to the early 1800s when missionaries brought over cotton from the mainland. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "I Took My Daughter to Hawaii to Teach Her How to Be a Better Traveler," 1 Aug. 2018 One of these places was Birmingham, Alabama, where there were iron and steel industry jobs and where black art started to take shape through quilting and funerary. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "For the First Time, See Historically Excluded Black Folk Artists at the Met," 31 May 2018 At the Fairgrounds: North Shore Quilters Guild Biannual Show features traditional quilting methods as well as modern innovations, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20-21. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fall and winter festivals, fairs and other events in Wisconsin," 13 Oct. 2017 Instead, students also had the option of creating arts and crafts that ranged from welding, photography, painting quilting and even baking pies. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Spring ISD’s livestock show and fair raises scholarship funds," 2 May 2018 Certified appraisals of quilts, workshops and demonstrations on various quilting and crafting techniques, baked goods, refreshments, member and vendor sales as well as a silent auction are all part of the show’s festive offerings. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Patchwork Pathways quilt exhibit features local art and talent," 22 Mar. 2018 Activities include blacksmith demonstrations, hand quilting, woodworking and roping skills presentations. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 19 Mar. 2018 Activities include blacksmith demonstrations, hand quilting, woodworking and roping skills presentations. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of quilting

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of quilting was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of quilting

: the activity or process of making a quilt
: the material or stitching that is used in making quilts

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