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 cover: it is also a masterpiece of art. The artists who create our quilts pick top quality vibrant fabrics and arrange them in a distinct work of art. Select from our selection of over 2 hundred handmade quilts for a quilt that perfectly enhances your taste.
While the pieces of fabric are sewn together by machine to guarantee tighter stitching, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton fabrics make up the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched in between those 2 layers, however, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting warranties both warmth and also excellent washing results.
You will find our quilts to be remarkably large in length and width. Almost all of our quilts are generous enough to take care of the necessity for a dust ruffle or pillow shams. Just as mattress heights vary, each quilt's dimensions varies as well. We list the quilt's measurements in addition to the calculated drop for you to compare to the measurements you may need. Please do your homework before making a purchase!
Fortunately, these quilts are undoubtedly washable in a washing machine! We suggest complying with these standards for the best care of your heirloom quilt:
- Machine wash 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 very first washing, include 1/2 cup vinegar and also 2 tbsps of salt along with the laundry detergent. This natural home remedy prevents hemorrhage as well as helps to protect the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt immediately after the washer stops to minimize wrinkles and also color-bleeding.
- Never put a quilt into the clothes dryer! Line dry on a breezy day.
- Quilts can be dry-cleaned at your own risk, but we most definitely recommend washing.
Did you know?
For hundreds of years, various methodologies have been produced to make it less complicated for quilt-makers to piece multi-angled quilts together. One of these solutions is named paper piecing, which is usually adopted to piece the challenging angles of the Mariner's Compass quilt
. Paper piecing, as it name illustrates, uses a distinct paper pattern onto which the material cuts are sewn. The pattern helps the seamstress to accurately assemble the pieces together so that the finalized top will lie out flat. Techniques of this sort as this are a great aid to our quilters!