Quilters Have Loved Handmade Applique for Centuries
Had you lived three centuries ago, you probably would not have owned an applique quilt unless you were very wealthy. These quilts are typically made with one large piece of fabric and decorated with time-consuming patterns, each of which must be stitched individually. Only the rich could afford the fabric and spare the free time for such a project.
As the Industrial Revolution slashed the costs of fabric in the 1800s, applique quilts became more popular among middle-class American women. Traditionally, young girls were supposed to make thirteen (a “baker’s dozen”) quilt tops before engagement, and then her family and friends might pitch in to help her finish them before the wedding. Twelve of these quilts were often pieced, made for anyone in her new household to use.
One “masterpiece” quilt, though, was reserved for the bridal bed, and young women would lavish their time and creativity on its design. Applique quilts were very popular for these special coverlets, with baskets of roses and wreaths of flowers rioting across their center and borders.
Another American tradition is the folk art quilt, which was often filled with plants, animals, people, or even words, all telling a story. Some even preserve history that may never have been recorded otherwise, as with Harriet Powers’ quilts. She knew slavery and racism, born in Georgia in 1837, but she used her needle to speak to a society that didn’t want to hear her voice. The Smithsonian displays her Bible quilt and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston displays her pictorial quilt, both of them preserving her bold and artistic storytelling.
A quilt is not merely a comfy bedspread: it is also a piece of artwork. The artists that make our quilts select high quality vivid fabrics and organize them into an attractive work of art. Choose from our stock of over two hundred Amish handmade quilts for a quilt that perfectly enhances your home design.
While the fabric pieces are sewn together by machine to make certain tighter stitching, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton materials make up the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched between those 2 layers, nevertheless, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting warranties both heat and also exceptional washing results.
Most of our quilts are large enough to reduce the necessity for a dust ruffle and pillow shams. Just as mattress heights differ, each quilt's overall size varies. We post the quilt's measurements with the determined drop for you to compare to the dimensions you need. It is important to do your research ahead of purchasing!
Are our quilts washable?
Yes, our quilts are undoubtedly machine-washable! We recommend the following guidelines for the best care of your heirloom quilt:
- Wash in a washing machine with only cold water on gentle cycle.
- Use only mild laundry detergent, 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 tablespoons of salt along with the laundry detergent. This natural home remedy prevents bleed and also helps to protect the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt immediately after the washer finishes to reduce wrinkles and also color-bleeding.
- Never place a quilt in the clothes dryer! Line completely dry on a windy day.
- Quilts could be dry-cleaned at your own risk, however we absolutely advise washing.
Did you know?
Scarcely any people recognize the scope of time and tedious labor associated with producing a quilt. Building a quilt is a process which make require 5—9 months
to finalize. Producing a quilt necessitates designing, scissoring, combining, quilting, and binding. All told, the entire amount of time to finish one quilt adds up to around 200—300 hours.