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 cozy blanket: it is also a piece of artwork. The artists that make our quilts pick top quality vibrant materials and organize them in a distinct masterpiece. Pick from our selection of over two hundred homemade quilts for a quilt that best complements your home design.
Though the pieces of fabric are stitched together by machine to make sure tighter sewing, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton materials make up the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched between those two layers, nevertheless, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting guaranties both heat and also exceptional washing results.
You will discover our quilts to be rather sizable in length and width. In fact, almost all of our quilts are large enough to reduce the need for a dust ruffle or pillow shams. Just as mattress heights vary, each quilt's dimensions can be different as well. You'll find we list the quilt's measurements with the estimated drop for you to compare to the measurements you are trying to find. Kindly do your homework ahead of purchasing!
Are our quilts washable?
Fortunately, our quilts are certainly machine-washable! We advise adhering to these guidelines for best results:
- Machine wash with cold water on delicate cycle.
- Use light laundry detergent, such as liquid Cheer for colors (No bleach or bleach alternatives. No Woolite or fabric softener.) For the initial washing, include 1/2 cup vinegar as well as 2 tablespoons of salt in addition to the laundry soap. This home remedy prevents bleed as well as aids with establishing the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt when the washer finishes to minimize creases and also color-bleeding.
- Never ever place a quilt in the clothes dryer! Line dry on a breezy day.
- Quilts could be dry-cleaned at your own risk, but we definitely recommend washing.
Did you know?
Scarcely any people today grasp the level of time and monotonous labor engaged in creating a quilt. Crafting a quilt is a process which make take 5—9 months
to finish. Putting together a quilt calls for designing, cutting, combining, quilting, and binding. In all, the complete amount of time to finish one quilt totals around 200 to 300 hours.