The art of quilting extends back over 5000 years. Quilting is stitching together at least three layers of fabric or fabric and bunting. In the 17th century, people in the Americas implemented quilting as a way to repurpose scraps of fabric into a warm, functional household item. These patchwork masterpieces told a story of the scraps that made up the quilt and became heirlooms. Amish settlers took up quilting in the late 1800s and perfected this craft. While the Amish do not use hex signs, quilts made for sale often implement celestial geometric designs and the hex symbols of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Amish quilts have become highly sought after and still become heirlooms if you are lucky enough to acquire one.