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 art. The crafters who create our quilts pick high quality vibrant materials and organize them in an appealing work of art. Select from our selection of over 2 hundred homemade quilts for a quilt that best matches your style.
Although the fabric pieces are stitched together by machine to guarantee tighter sewing, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton fabrics compose the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched in between those 2 layers, nonetheless, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting guaranties both heat and superb washing outcomes.
Just about all of our quilts are generous enough to relieve the necessity for a dust ruffle and pillow shams. Just as bed heights differ, each quilt's dimensions is different. You'll find we post the quilt's measurements with the determined drop for you to compare to the dimensions you need. Kindly do your measuring before buying!
Can you wash these quilts?
Fortunately, these quilts are certainly machine-washable! We recommend complying with these standards for the best care of your heirloom quilt:
- Machine wash with only cold water on delicate cycle.
- Use only mild laundry soap, such as liquid Cheer for colors (No bleach or bleach alternatives. No Woolite or fabric softener.) For the first washing, include 1/2 cup vinegar and also 2 tbsps of salt in addition to the laundry detergent. This home remedy stops hemorrhage and helps to protect the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt as soon as the washer stops to reduce creases as well as color-bleeding.
- Never put a quilt in the dryer! Line dry on a breezy day.
- Quilts could be dry-cleaned at your own risk, however we certainly recommend washing.
Did you know?
Over the centuries, various strategies have been developed to make it much easier for quilters to sew multi-angled quilts together. One of these strategies is paper piecing, which is often utilized to combine the complicated angles of the Mariner's Compass quilts
. Paper piecing, as it title suggests, uses a specific paper pattern on top of which the cloth pieces are sewn. The pattern guides the seamstress to properly stitch the pieces together so that the finalized top will lay out evenly. Methodologies of this sort as this are a great support to our quilters!