Unfortunately, I didn't have time to actually research this myself, but when I Googled "History of Quilts" I found this wonderful site:  http://www.quilting-in-america.com/History-of-Quilts.html

The history of quilts began long before European settlers arrived in the New World. People in nearly every part of the world had used padded fabrics for clothing, bedding, and even armor. With the arrival of the English and Dutch settlers in North America, quilting took on a new life and flourished.

The term "quilt" comes from the Latin <i>culcita</i>, meaning a stuffed sack.  The word has come to ...

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