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 comfy bed covering: it is also a piece of artwork. The artists who design our quilts pick quality vibrant materials and arrange them into an appealing masterpiece. Pick from our stock of over two hundred Amish handmade quilts for a quilt that perfectly enhances your taste.
Although the pieces of fabric are stitched by machine to ensure tighter sewing, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton materials compose the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched in between those 2 layers, nevertheless, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting warranties both heat and also excellent washing results.
Most of our quilts are sizable enough to eliminate the necessity for a dust ruffle and pillow shams. Just as mattress heights vary, each quilt's sizing varies. We post the quilt's measurements along with the estimated drop for you to compare to the dimensions you want. Definitely do your research ahead of purchasing!
As a matter of fact, these quilts are indeed machine-washable! We suggest the following guidelines for the best care of your heirloom quilt:
- Machine wash with only cold water on delicate cycle.
- Use mild 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 natural remedy prevents bleed and also aids with establishing the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt as soon as the washing machine finishes to minimize creases as well as color-bleeding.
- Never ever place a quilt in the clothes dryer! Line dry on a windy day.
- Quilts can be dry-cleaned at your own risk, but we certainly suggest washing.
Amish Homemade Quilt Facts
For hundreds of years, all sorts of solutions have been produced to make it simpler for quilt-makers to piece multi-angled quilts together. One of these techniques is named paper piecing, which is usually used to assemble the complicated edges of the Mariner's Compass quilts
. Paper piecing, as it title indicates, uses a particular paper pattern onto which the material segments are sewn. The pattern leads the needleworker to properly sew the pieces together so that the completed top will lie out evenly. Tactics such as this are a very good support to our quilters!