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 just a relaxing bedspread: it is also a piece of art. The artists who create our quilts choose top-notch colorful materials and organize them into a captivating masterpiece. Select from our stock of over two hundred handmade quilts for a quilt that perfectly complements your taste.
Although the pieces of fabric are stitched by machine to guarantee tighter sewing, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton materials make up the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched in between those two layers, nonetheless, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting guaranties both heat and also exceptional washing outcomes.
Most of our quilts are generous enough to overcome the need for a dust ruffle and pillow shams. Just as mattress heights differ, each quilt's overall size varies. We publish the quilt's measurements alongside the determined drop for you to compare to the sizing you need. Please do your research before making a purchase!
As a matter of fact, these quilts are certainly washable in a washing machine! We recommend complying with these guidelines for ideal handling results:
- Machine wash with only cold water on delicate cycle.
- Use mild laundry soap, such as liquid Cheer for colors (No bleach or bleach alternatives. No Woolite or fabric softener.) For the first washing, add 1/2 cup vinegar and also 2 tablespoons of salt in addition to the laundry soap. This natural remedy avoids bleed as well as assists in protecting the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt when the washer finishes to minimize wrinkles and color-bleeding.
- Never ever put a quilt into the clothes dryer! Line dry on a windy day.
- Quilts could be dry-cleaned at your own risk, however we definitely recommend washing.
Did you know?
Over the centuries, many types of tactics have been cultivated to make it much easier for quilters to piece multi-angled quilts together. One of these tactics is called paper piecing, which is nearly always applied to put together the elaborate angles of the Mariner's Compass quilts
. Paper piecing, as it name illustrates, uses an unique paper pattern on which the material segments are stitched. The pattern guides the quilter to correctly stitch the pieces together so that the finished top will lie out evenly. Tactics such as this are a tremendous help to our quilt-makers!