Quilting has been a part of the American tradition since the settlement of the first Europeans. Throughout history, quilts have been restorative, productive, and pleasurable occupations and used to fulfil many areas such as leisure, education, work, and sleep. Today, quilting continues to be a valued occupation for many throughout the country. Quilting is a valued occupation and unique to each individual. Using research of quilting themes of the past and administration of a survey focusing on quilters personal experiences, this study sought to confirm that it is a person’s life experiences which affect someone’s quilting practices the most. A quilter’s previous experiences in life (occupations), their stage in life, as well as what they receive from the act of quilting affects the motivation for and areas or styles of quilting. It is through these life experiences quilters are given the means and motivation to create their quilts. Without a certain experience or event, the quilt a person creates would not exist.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2019


MaryEllen Thompson

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Occupational Therapy

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)