quilt / kwilt/ • n. 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.• v. [tr.] 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: quilt·er n.