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 just a comfy bed covering: it is also a masterpiece of art. The artisans who create our quilts pick quality vivid materials and organize them in an attractive work of art. Choose from our selection of over 2 hundred Amish homemade quilts for a quilt that perfectly complements your taste.
Although the pieces of fabric are stitched with each other by machine to ensure tighter sewing, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton fabrics make up the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched between those two layers, nonetheless, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting warranties both heat as well as outstanding washing results.
Most of our quilts are sizable enough to reduce the necessity for a dust ruffle or pillow shams. Just as mattress heights vary, each quilt's measurements varies. We publish the quilt's dimensions with the determined drop for you to compare to the dimensions you want to have. It is important to do your research before buying!
Are our quilts washable?
As a matter of fact, our quilts are undoubtedly washable in a washing machine! We advise complying with these guidelines for ideal handling results:
- Wash in a washing machine with only cold water on gentle cycle.
- Use only light laundry detergent, such as liquid Cheer for colors (No bleach or bleach alternatives. No Woolite or fabric softener.) For the very first washing, add 1/2 cup vinegar as well as 2 tablespoons of salt in addition to the laundry soap. This natural remedy protects against hemorrhage and helps to protect the colors in your quilt.
- Remove quilt when the washing machine finishes to reduce creases and also color-bleeding.
- Never ever place a quilt in the dryer! Line completely dry on a windy day.
- Quilts could be dry-cleaned at your own risk, but we definitely recommend washing.
Did you know?
Not many folks realize the level of time and monotonous labor involved in producing a quilt. Producing a quilt is a process which make require 5 to 9 months
to complete. Constructing a quilt involves designing, scissoring, combining, quilting, and binding. All told, the overall amount of time to complete one quilt totals somewhere around two hundred to three hundred hours.