Frugality Creating Beauty: How Scrap Quilts Developed
Called a “charm” quilt in the late 19th century, young women collected hundreds of different fabrics from their family and friends. Perhaps if they collected 999 different squares, their true love would bring them the thousandth–and their happily-ever-after dream, too. One quilting blogger speculates that collecting these fabrics may have given girls opportunities to ask their love interest for a contribution!
The scrap quilt has also been called a “beggar” quilt, referring to quilters asking each other for contributions to their projects. Trying to put together a bedspread without repeating every fabric, they also called the quilts “odd feller” quilts–every piece was an odd feller. Some families recall their mother repeating one square, however, so that a child sick in bed might be entertained looking for the matching patches.
Still another name scrap quilts went by is the “postage stamp” quilt, so called because quilters would use their tiniest scraps, sometimes no bigger than a postage stamp. Perhaps the original motivation was not wasting the smallest piece (historians recall the scarcity of the Great Depression in this), but it also became a challenge at some point. Quilters would collect thousands of pieces to compete with each other in making stitched masterpieces.
A quilt is not merely a comfortable bedspread: it is also a masterpiece of artwork. The artists that develop our quilts choose top-notch vibrant materials and organize them into an appealing masterpiece. Pick from our stock of over two hundred homemade quilts for a quilt that perfectly enhances your home design.
Although the fabric pieces are stitched together by machine to ensure tighter sewing, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton fabrics make up the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched between those 2 layers, however, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting warranties both warmth as well as superb washing results.
Just about all of our quilts are large enough to relieve the need for a dust ruffle and pillow shams. Just as bed heights vary, each quilt's dimensions differs. We specify the quilt's measurements with the calculated drop for you to compare to the dimensions you are looking for. Definitely do your measuring ahead of your purchase!
Are our quilts washable?
As a matter of fact, these quilts are undoubtedly washable in a washing machine! We recommend the following guidelines for ideal handling results:
- Wash in a washing machine with cold water on gentle cycle.
- Use only light laundry soap, such as liquid Cheer for colors (No bleach or bleach alternatives. No Woolite or fabric softener.) For the initial washing, add 1/2 cup vinegar as well as 2 tbsps of salt along with the laundry detergent. This home remedy stops hemorrhage and also helps to protect the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt when the washing machine quits to lessen wrinkles and color-bleeding.
- Never ever put a quilt in the dryer! Line dry on a breezy day.
- Quilts could be dry-cleaned at your own risk, however we absolutely advise washing.
Amish Homemade Quilt Trivia
For hundreds of years, a lot of procedures have been perfected to make it much simpler for quilt-makers to stitch multi-angled quilts together. One of these techniques is paper piecing, which is ordinarily utilized to piece the complicated edges of the Mariner's Compass quilt
. Paper piecing, as it name indicates, uses a special paper pattern onto which the material segments are sewn. The pattern directs the needleworker to correctly assemble the pieces together so that the finalized top will lay out evenly. Methodologies such as this are an excellent aid to our quilters!