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 just a comfortable bed cover: it is also a masterpiece of art. The artisans that design our quilts choose high quality vibrant materials and organize them in a captivating work of art. Select from our selection of over two hundred handmade quilts for a quilt that perfectly matches your style.
While the fabric pieces are stitched by machine to guarantee 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 two layers, however, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting warranties both warmth and excellent washing results.
You will discover our quilts to be remarkably large in length and width. Actuality, well-nigh of our quilts are generous enough to eliminate the necessity for a dust ruffle or pillow shams. Just as mattress heights are different, each quilt's dimensions can be different as well. We specify the quilt's dimensions together with the calculated drop for you to compare to the measurements you want. Kindly do your measuring ahead of buying!
As a matter of fact, our quilts are undoubtedly machine-washable! We suggest adhering to these standards for the best care of your heirloom quilt:
- Wash in a washing machine with only cold water on delicate cycle.
- Use only mild 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 and also 2 tablespoons of salt in addition to the laundry detergent. This natural home remedy prevents bleed and aids with establishing the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt when the washer quits to decrease wrinkles as well as color-bleeding.
- Never place a quilt in the dryer! Line dry on a breezy day.
- Quilts could be dry-cleaned at your own risk, but we absolutely advise washing.
Did you know?
Not too many people recognize the magnitude of time and monotonous labor connected with making a quilt. Creating a quilt is a process that make consume 5 to 9 months
to finalize. Creating a quilt involves designing, shearing, combining, quilting, and binding. All told, the entire amount of time to finish one quilt adds up to approximately two hundred to three hundred hours.