Whether you enjoy hand quilting or want to speed up your next machine quilting project, a quilting frame makes a great addition to any crafting room. But what exactly do these frames do, and what sort of benefits do they offer? What Are Quilting Frames? A quilting frame is a large structure that holds all three parts of the quilt: the quilt top, the batting, and the backing. The frame acts as a pair of helping hands, keeping the quilt taut as you work. Frames are commonly used with hand quilting, but they can also be used with machine quilting.