Scrap quilts hold a beloved place in dedicated quilters’ hearts, repeating a few shapes in hundreds (sometimes thousands) of different fabrics. Their informal, homespun beauty recalls a time when quilters dug into their scrap bags and asked their friends for castoff materials as they pieced their odds and ends into a work of art. Also known as postage stamp quilts or charm quilts, we love to offer these traditional quilts to you, from our local quilters to your home!
We source our homemade patchwork quilts from local Amish and Mennonite artisans, who craft them by hand with the care and art of the American quilting tradition. Frequently, families work together to piece and quilt these bedspreads. With their help, we offer you patchwork quilts, each unique and handmade.
Scrap quilts are called a variety of different names, each a thread connected to quilters years ago who first used this pattern.
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.
We’re thrilled to invite you to own an Amish patchwork scrap quilt of your own! We’ve included links below to quilts currently available through our website. You’re welcome to visit our store to see more lovely quilts. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions–we’re available by phone at (717) 354-1772 during regular business hours. You can also contact us anytime through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through filling out this form on our website.