by Bonnie Alter, London
The hardy pioneer women started quilting out of necessity; using every little bit of left over and worn out fabric to make covers to keep them warm in winter. Sociability was part of it too: the quilting bee was a chance to get together with other women and chat and create together.
The quilting phenomenon continues to this day, as a hobby and a communal effort. Only now quilts are often made for a cause, with many people contributing squares on a particular theme. The National Plastic Quilt had squares made of plastic to emphasize recycling. This one, the Climate Quilt, is for children and is being prepared for Earth Day in April...so you can still get involved with it...read more story at TreeHugger.com