Someone in a forum I was reading asked whether sewing and quilting can be considered art, just to get feedback from the group. I certainly think the answer is yes. To see some great historical example, have a look at the quilt collection at The Smithsonian Institution.
Page through the pages, click the quilt, then make sure you click the picture to see a bigger picture and close-ups of details. Remember most of these were done with no sewing machine, and prepare to have your mind blown: