Quilting came to Europe courtesy of the crusaders via the Middle East in the late 11th century. Quilted garments were popular with the Middle Ages’ knights who wore them under their armor for comfort. In the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, visitors can view the earliest known surviving bed quilt, from the fourteenth century. The quilt is made of linen and wool padding, with a center design containing scenes from the legend of Tristan.
because most of us are not hand stitching our quilts. But we do follow another time-honored, quilting bee event—talking with other women. For 2-4 hours twice a month, the twenty or so other women who attend, and my best friend and I, stitch, show off our quilts, and talk about everything from income tax to health issues to husbands and newborn grandkids.
|One of Catherine's UFO quilt tops (Log cabin)|