Historically, patchwork and quilting have been a part of many women’s lives. From the humble beginnings of patchwork as a means of rendering old clothing’s continued use to the joyfulness of the harlequin’s costume, from rough, haphazard patching of worn areas to geometric traditional block designs, back to improvisational roots and onward to fine art, patchwork has for centuries kept older textiles in service even as it permitted and encouraged artistic expression and colorful new creations. Quilting has been used to strengthen, insulate, protect and beautify fabrics all around the world from the time of the Egyptian and Chinese dynasties through medieval Europe to the steppes of Russia and the plains of Kansas. Today, these two needlework handicrafts have risen to dizzying heights of popularity, finding adherents and practitioners in every level of human society and all around the globe.

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