As it has in every area of life, technology has improved all parts of the quilting process. Throughout history, inventions and discoveries have continued to make the quilting process quicker than before. Quilts are not just for utilitarian purposes as they were thought of for centuries, but are also a form of art. The recognition of quilts as such has not always been acknowledged. Through historical and current facts and additional supporting information, the quilt as an art form will be demonstrated. Documentation is presented partly in written form and partly in the form of a lap quilt. The quilt project submitted has six panels. Each pair of panels represents a specific needlework skill – applique, embroidery, and crazy quilting. Each of these skills is represented in two ways – machine-made and hand-made. This comparison will show that quilts are now made faster than before and, in some instances, even more aesthetic. Other parts of the quilt were also constructed with the help of technology. Three different modern-day machines were used in the creation of the lap quilt, demonstrating that the making of a quilt is indeed improved by technology.
Year Manuscript Completed
Senior Project Advisor
Dr. Scott Douglas
Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree
Field of Study
Wainscott, Susan, "Technological Advancements in the Quilting Arts" (2022). Integrated Studies. 453.