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 merely a comfortable bed cover: it is also a piece of artwork. The artists that design our quilts pick top-notch vivid materials and organize them in an attractive work of art. Select from our selection of over 2 hundred homemade quilts for a quilt that best enhances your style.
Although the pieces of fabric are stitched with each other by machine to ensure tighter sewing, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton fabrics compose the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched between those 2 layers, nonetheless, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting guaranties both heat and excellent washing results.
The majority of our quilts are large enough to reduce the necessity for a dust ruffle or pillow shams. Just as mattress heights vary, each quilt's proportions differs. We publish the quilt's dimensions as well as the determined drop for you to compare to the dimensions you are trying to find. Please do your measuring ahead of your purchase!
Are our quilts washable?
Fortunately, these quilts are certainly machine-washable! We advise the following standards for the best care of your heirloom quilt:
- Machine wash with 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 very first washing, add 1/2 cup vinegar and also 2 tablespoons of salt in addition to the laundry soap. This natural remedy avoids hemorrhage and also aids with establishing the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt immediately after the washer quits to decrease creases and also color-bleeding.
- Never place a quilt into the clothes dryer! Line dry on a breezy day.
- Quilts could be dry-cleaned at your own risk, however we definitely advise washing.
Did you know?
Scarcely any folks realize the amount of time and monotonous workmanship connected with creating a quilt. Quilt-making is a process that make require five to nine months
to finalize. Creating a quilt requires designing, cutting, assembling, quilting, and binding. In all, the total amount of time to finish one quilt amounts to close to 200—300 hours.