- Ismat Chughtai wrote an Urdu-language story Lihaf (The Quilt) (1941) that lead to scandal and an unsuccessful attempt at legal prosecution of the author because it was about a lesbian relationship.
- The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini, ISBN: 0452281725, Publisher: Plume Books (2000)
- Round Robin by Jennifer Chiaverini
- The Cross-Country Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini
- The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
- The Quilter's Legacy by Jennifer Chiaverini
- The Master Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini
- The Sugar Camp Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
- ELM CREEK QUILTS: QUILT PROJECTS INSPIRED BY THE ELM CREEK QUILTS NOVELS by Jennifer Chiaverini and Nancy Odom
- The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau, illustrated by Gail de Marcken
- The Quiltmaker's Journey by Jeff Brumbeau, illustrated by Gail de Marcken
- How to make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto
Distinguishing art quilts from the main category of quilts can be difficult. Art quilts can be created using any of the techniques of a quilt - piecing, applique, whole cloth, or even machine embroidery. These are techniques, though, and art involves more than mere technique. Meaningfulness, in whatever way the viewer perceives it, is involved in the experience of an art quilt, as opposed to a quilt built as an exercise in craft or technical capabilities, or for practical bedroom purposes.
Quilts are named
During the late 1900's, the quilt community started to encourage quilters to label their quilts, starting with a name for the quilt, in addition to their own name, and completion date for the work. This was an important step in taking the craft of quilting into the art realm. A quilt's name implies there is some meaning to a quilt beyond its creation, to whatever degree.
Emotion in an art quilt
One aspect of some art quilts is the ability of the piece to evoke an emotion in the viewer. While examples of quilts displaying the darker end of the emotional spectrum are still rare, they do exist. Quilts at recent quilt shows focused on the September 11, 2001 attacks have particularly explored grief and anger.