In the 18th and 19th centuries, the quilt was seen as a strictly utilitarian piece of bedding that provided much needed warmth and protection from the winter elements. They were piled on beds, repatched and reused, and hung in doorways to help thwart the drafts from creeping through the door frames. One hundred years later, quilts started to become works of art that took somewhere between 3 months to a year to make, depending on how elaborate the design. Today, the art of quilting, knitting, and crocheting is still practiced; there are local shops and experts to help you get started. If you are interested in learning an old trade in a new age, here is a list of quilting, knitting, or crocheting workshops.