A method of sewing three layers of fabric together to form a padded cover, usually for a bed. The stitches can be elaborate to form a decorative pattern on the top cover and can be combined with embroidery. Quilts were made throughout Europe from the 17th century and became popular in America when combined with patchwork.
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/amqc/hd_amqc.htm Description and illustrations on Metropolitan Museum of Art website.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.