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 only a comfortable bed covering: it is also a piece of art. The artisans who design our quilts pick top-notch vivid fabrics and organize them in an eye-catching masterpiece. Select from our stock of over two hundred Amish homemade quilts for a quilt that best matches your taste.
While the pieces of fabric are stitched by machine to ensure 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, however, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting guaranties both warmth as well as superb washing outcomes.
Most of our quilts are large enough to relieve the need for a dust ruffle and pillow shams. Just as bed heights vary, each quilt's overall size is different. You'll find we designate the quilt's dimensions alongside the calculated drop for you to compare to the proportions you need. Definitely do your measuring prior to your purchase!
Are our quilts washable?
Fortunately, these quilts are certainly washable in a washing machine! We recommend the following guidelines for ideal handling results:
- Wash in a washing machine with cold water on delicate cycle.
- Use only light 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 as well as 2 tbsps of salt in addition to the laundry detergent. This home remedy prevents hemorrhage as well as aids with protecting the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt when the washer quits to lessen wrinkles and color-bleeding.
- Never place a quilt in the clothes dryer! Line dry on a breezy day.
- Quilts could be dry-cleaned at your own risk, however we certainly recommend washing.
Amish Homemade Quilt Facts
Over the centuries, an array of procedures have been cultivated to make it much easier for quilt-makers to piece multi-angled quilts together. One of these methodologies is paper piecing, which is generally employed to assemble the complicated edges of the Mariner's Compass quilt
. Paper piecing, as it title specifies, uses an unique paper pattern onto which the fabric fragments are stitched. The pattern directs the needleworker to correctly stitch the pieces together so that the finished top will lie out evenly. Strategies of this sort as this are a tremendous support to our quilt-makers!