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 bedspread: it is also a masterpiece of artwork. The artists who design our quilts pick high quality vibrant materials and organize them into a captivating masterpiece. Pick from our stock of over 2 hundred homemade quilts for a quilt that perfectly enhances your style.
Though the fabric pieces are sewn together by machine to guarantee tighter stitching, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton materials make up the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched in between those two layers, nevertheless, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting warranties both heat and also superb washing results.
You will find our quilts to be rather large in length and width. As a matter of fact, the majority of our quilts are sizable enough to reduce the necessity for a dust ruffle and pillow shams. Just as bed heights differ, every quilt's sizing is different. We specify the quilt's measurements along with the calculated drop for you to compare to the sizing you need. Please do your research ahead of buying!
Are our quilts washable?
Fortunately, these quilts are indeed washable in a washing machine! We recommend adhering to these guidelines for the best care of your heirloom quilt:
- Wash in a washing machine 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, add 1/2 cup vinegar as well as 2 tbsps of salt in addition to the laundry soap. This natural remedy protects against bleed and also aids with protecting the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt when the washing machine stops to reduce wrinkles and also color-bleeding.
- Never ever place a quilt in the clothes dryer! Line dry on a breezy day.
- Quilts can be dry-cleaned at your own risk, however we definitely advise washing.
Did you know?
Over the centuries, a lot of solutions have been developed to make it much simpler for quilters to sew multi-angled quilts together. One of these tactics is named paper piecing, which is often times employed to piece the intricate edges of the Mariner's Compass quilt
. Paper piecing, as it title indicates, uses a special paper pattern on which the material fragments are stitched. The pattern directs the quilter to correctly sew the pieces together so that the finished top will lie out evenly. Methodologies such as this are a marvelous aid to our quilt-makers!