Quill and quilt are easily confused words.
The spell-check application of most word processing software programs would not catch a slip-up of these two words. Spell-check is looking for words that aren’t in its dictionary, and words that resemble words in its dictionary but are possibly spelled wrong. Spell-check isn’t perfect. It doesn’t know and can’t guess what word you wanted or what word you meant, it can only judge the words on the page. If you used words that are all spelled correctly, it gives you a pass anyway.
Autocorrect suggests words that start with the same letters. It suggests what word you may want to save time, but quite often, its suggestions couldn’t be more off base and produces humorous results.
Quill is a noun. It has a couple meanings.
- It means a stiff, sharp organic object, found on the exterior of an animals’ body, that inflicts injury, delivers venom, or both. Porcupines, lionfish, and some caterpillars are covered in quills.
- Quill can also mean a feather ink pen used for writing a letter or manuscript by hand.
- Quilling is an art form. It uses thin strips of colored paper and a sharp metal quill tool. The papers are tightly rolled around the quill and set aside. Then one by one, the paper swirls are glued together to create a design.
Quilt is a noun. It means a bedding cover made from patterned fabric shapes sewn together. Once the pieces are all sewn together, this layer is sewn onto a single piece of backing material. Sometimes quilts has some stuffing or filler material put between their two main layers, this is called batting.
The following story uses both words correctly:
Qismah was fascinated by antiquities and old ways, so she had a unique hobbies: writing in calligraphy using an authentic 18th century quill feather pen, and making quilts in a variety of global techniques.