quilting |ˈkwilti ng | noun the making of quilts, esp. as a craft or leisure activity. the work so produced; quilted material. the pattern of stitching used for such work. quilt |kwilt| noun a warm bed covering made of padding enclosed between layers of fabric and kept in place by lines of stitching, typically applied in a decorative design. a knitted or fabric bedspread with decorative stitching. a layer of padding used for insulation. verb [ trans. ] join together (layers of fabric or padding) with lines of stitching to form a bed covering or a warm garment, or for decorative effect. DERIVATIVES quilter noun ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French cuilte, from Latin culcita mattress, cushion.