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Facts and Fancies: Quilts

Mar 19, 2010

by warmnfuzzies

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A favorite quilt can bring its owner comfort, warmth and security. It can be an heirloom that is passed down to future generations, reminding a family of their history. I am a self-taught quilter who has been quilting for the last 15 years. As a member of the Quiltsy Team here on Etsy, I participated in quilting the giant quilts for Etsy’s new office.

In this quilting installment for the Facts and Fancies series, I’ll give you some insight into the different materials used in quilts and the varying styles and techniques of quilts.

Photo of KimsCraftyApple, more in her Flickr set

Before we start, Webster Mirriam’s dictionary defines a quilt as “a bed coverlet of two layers of cloth filled with padding (batting) held in place by ties or stitched designs.” While this holds true for most, not all techniques considered quilting fit this definition, and I will introduce you to those, too.

A baby quilt by theloveliestbloom

Size: Measure It Out
It is important to know your sizes when buying a quilt for a bed. Before purchasing a quilt, you should take the mattress size of your bed and measure all around the bed for the amount of overhang you would prefer and add those measurements to the mattress size to get the quilt size you need. You can find the standard dimensions for mattresses here.


Photo by Leslie from curlycrafter

Fabric: Color, Pattern, and Combination

 “I am inspired by fabric; a new line of fabrics is like a flower garden in full bloom, choosing the right combination to make the perfect bouquet.” — Carlene Westburg of quiltville

Most quilters like to use 100% cotton quilting fabrics. There are different grades of fabric in the manufacturing process. Normally, a mill will run tests on new designs to test for colors. This fabric is often sold to discount stores at a lesser price. Keep in mind that this test fabric often has a lower thread count and will shrink more and the colors may bleed and/or fade due to this. Most quilt shops sell the better grade with higher thread count. This fabric is more expensive, averaging about $9/yard in the U.S., but if taken care of properly, it can last for centuries and is well worth the investment.

Recycled materials are increasing in popularity with the push towards more environmentally friendly products, though upcycled quilts have been, for quite some time, a traditionally thrifty way to make do with fabric scraps.

MamakaMills‘ quilt made from repurposed men’s shirts

Photo by Ashlawnfarms, who sells batting supplies

Batting: Know Your Quilt Inside Out
There are many types of batting available for the middle of a quilt. These varieties help define the form and the feel of a quilt. I’ll lay out some of the pros and cons to consider for your particular needs.

Cotton is the most popular.  It is soft, washable, breathable, cool, comfortable and relatively affordable. It does shrink and will give you a puckered, vintage look when washed and dried in a machine.

Cotton/Polyester is loftier than cotton and shrinks less. It is also more stable than and has the breathability of cotton.

Polyester is lightweight and puffy. This is the batting to use if you like a sleek and modern look. It is the least expensive, non-allergenic and non-shrinking. The down-side is that it doesn’t breathe and has the most impact on our environment due to chemicals.

Wool is more expensive, and it is light and fluffy and naturally flame-retardant. Some of the negatives are allergies and moths. If it is not hand washed and laid flat to dry, it will felt.

Bamboo is the most recent addition to the batting industry. It is more expensive, but it has the breathability of cotton and is machine washable. It also has less impact on our environment because bamboo does not need chemicals to grow.

 

Photo by sarahsquiltsncrafts

An Investment of Time and Materials
Have you ever wondered why quilts are priced as they are and why their prices can vary widely? An obvious pricing variable would be the grade of materials used in a quilt, but let us consider the amount of materials needed and the hours of labor performed. A baby/toddler quilt uses approximately 4-5 yards of fabric for a 45”x60” quilt. A king-size quilt uses approximately 14-16 yards of fabric. Multiply that by the price per yard and add the cost of other supplies needed, such as batting and thread and you have a figure for supplies only. There is no standard for hours of labor in a quilt, as it varies greatly depending on the quilter. Some smaller quilts with very basic patterns may take 5 -10 hours to make, while more detailed and larger quilts can take hundreds of hours!

 

Photo by domoshar, more about this process on her Flickr

Styles and Techniques

“The versatility of fabric as a base medium creates vibrant possibilities for home decor, bedding and bath, and wall hanging art. The vast variety of fabric types and styles allows for infinite combinations of a visual and tactile variety, and fabric’s natural warmth brings energy and soothing warmth to any space.” — Lisa Penney of pennyfabricart

There are so many types of quilts you can find on Etsy. Here are some of the techniques you’ll see referred to as you browse Etsy’s Quilt Category — don’t hesitate to explore the experiments going on in today’s quilting world as well as the time-honored traditions!

Handstitching photo by Lucy, more on her lovely blog Quilting with the Past

A hand quilted quilt is just as the name implies. No machine is used and the quilter stitches the three layers together, by hand, using a running stitch. A machine quilted quilt is quilted on a standard sewing machine or a commercial grade quilting machine, which can accommodate larger quilts with easier maneuverability and can be finished in less time. The other option is to tie the quilt. The quilter uses embroidery floss, yarn or another type of string to tack the three layers together in a grid using a knot.


Photo by Sue from andrusgardensart

A hand pieced quilt is a quilt top whose many pieces has been sewn together by hand, using a needle and thread. A hand pieced quilt may be hand or machine quilted.

An appliquéd quilt, such as this Tree quilt by  allthenumbers, uses the process of sewing one or more smaller pieces of fabric onto a larger background. This appliqué can be accomplished by hand or machine using various decorative stitches.

A crazy quilt is made of irregular scrap pieces or blocks of irregular scrap pieces, and these are often embellished with embroidery stitches and do not usually have a layer of batting. They may consist of different types of fabric, such as cotton, velvet, satin, etc. Check out this Cat crazy quilt by clubaloha.

A quilted fabric postcard can be mailed using one self-adhesive first class stamp. They have a top layer, a filling and a back, just like a quilt. The minimum card and letter size for US Postal Service mailings is 3 ½” x 5”. Most quilted fabric postcards measure 4” x 6”.


Sailboat Quilted Fabric Postcard by SewUpscale

A miniature quilt is a reduced or scaled down version of a full sized quilt. Generally, it is 1/12th the scale of the larger quilt. Here’s an example in purple and pink by Pamelaquilts.

In an art quilt, the artist applies art principles — and sometimes art experience from other areas, like drawing, painting and photography. These often include different textures of fabric and stitching, as in bbusbyarts‘s Urchin II quilt, made with iridescent silk dupioni. The quilter often intends for you to hang the piece on your wall, as you would a painting or other decorative art.

A rag quilt is usually comprised of flannel or homespun material with raw edges of seam allowances that are exposed and then cut to form a soft fringe. roryunraveled, who made the twin rag quilts below, told me that “Rag quilts (the way I make them) are reversible — no official ‘front’ or ‘back’ like traditional quilts. Choose to display the clean, finished side folded at the end of your bed or snuggle with the comfy, raggy side while reading a book — whatever you’re in the mood for at that moment. And babies just can’t get enough of those frayed, fringy edges.”

A patchwork quilt is made by sewing patches of different fabrics together, usually in a pattern or formation.

 Patchwork quilt by Quiltville


A cathedral windows quilt has this distinctive look you see in my pillow cover at right. This technique has no batting and rarely a backing, but has been considered a favorite type of quilt by many quilters. I love making cathedral window projects because of the origami-like technique, the stained glass window effect (especially when done with batiks), and the portablilty of the project — due to the large amount of hand sewing required.

There are other experiments to explore in the Quilts Category. thePATchworksshop quilted this piece from vintage fabrics, embellished it with the rusty star, and framed it for a rustic look.


 

Covering It All
Whether you are searching on Etsy for a quilt that reminds you of nights spent at Grandma’s house, as a child, or something a bit more modern and artistic, I hope that you have gained the knowledge you need to find the perfect quilt for you.

Here’s one happy customer:

This photo shows Daniel “relaxing in his nice tidy room, with our lovely new Sky Parlour Quilt from skyparlourquilts! We chose fabrics that matched all our bedding, and they’ve tied together beautifully. Even the stitching is all hand-guided, in a matching heraldic pattern, PLUS it’s in the prettiest graduated thread that is pink, orange and purple. Love!”

Tell us your quilt stories in the comments below!

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153 comments

  • scrumdidlyump

    scrumdidlyump said 6 years ago

    Love it! I want to see pics of the giant Etsy quilts too!

  • sleepymoondesign

    sleepymoondesign said 6 years ago

    All of my baby blankets were handmade quilts from various family members and I still have them today! I love all the quilts and different fabric they are so pretty.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    Tiffany - thank you for sharing such beautiful work with us. My grannies and mom are quilters and it's fantastic to see so many creative talents...

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 6 years ago

    Lovely ! Great finds !

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Oh fun.. my mom is such an amazing quilter and she got that from my grandma who got it from her mom. I have a bunch of squares cut out of my son's old/baby clothes and I planned on making him a big patchwork quilt before winter, but I don't know that I got the "quilting gene". I also am worried (even though it's a ways off) I won't make it before winter hits?? I hope so! That blue and white one is absolutely stunning. I also want to see the big ones for the Etsy office! :)

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat said 6 years ago

    Fantastic article! I adore bbusbyarts quilts, they are amazing!

  • paisleybaby

    paisleybaby said 6 years ago

    Wow, so much gorgeous work here!

  • vixensnaturaljewelry

    vixensnaturaljewelry said 6 years ago

    LOVE THEM!!!!!

  • Whimbrella

    Whimbrella said 6 years ago

    Wonderful explanation of the different types of quilting. Thank you!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 6 years ago

    My grandmother always made quilts. I love them. Great finds here!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful handiwork. One of my treasures is a quilt from my grandmother. My mothers' handiwork is dispersed throughout the rest of the famiy members. I love these pieces of art.

  • litapsilverj

    litapsilverj said 6 years ago

    What a great topic! I love handmade quilts and the selection is beautiful. Lots of unique ideas, too. Great article!

  • cookieletta

    cookieletta said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work!!

  • CatherinetteRings

    CatherinetteRings said 6 years ago

    Very nice post , i like the patchwork and cathedral windows quilt . Didn't know there was so many kinds.

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 6 years ago

    What a great article! I learned a lot even though I am a quilter! Thanks for including the picture of me in my orchard with my quilts! Nice work Tiffany!

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann said 6 years ago

    The quilts are a work of art! I didn't know it required so much fabric and time to make one. It makes me appreciate them more. Great post!

  • brandeye

    brandeye said 6 years ago

    this is a such a great overview of quilting! i quilt and i even learned a couple of things. the quilt postcard is so cool.

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 6 years ago

    I love how quilts are used by various craft movements to display unity & solidarity. For example, I worked at an AIDS service organization for a while & learned how powerful the AIDS Memorial Quilt became. I am writing a blog post about its meaning and history on my "craft empowerment" blog http://craftscafe.wordpress.com/. Quilting an amazing form of art!

  • queenofnostalgia

    queenofnostalgia said 6 years ago

    LOVE quilts! Thank you for such a great article :) I work with both paper and fabric, and love incorporating the "quilt" and patchwork look into my art... a great way to show love to all the pretty papers and fabrics out there! PS - great novel about quilts is "Stitches in Time" by Barbara Michaels :) For all those quilt lovers out there who like mysteries!

  • ArtfullySew

    ArtfullySew said 6 years ago

    Very cool to see quilts featured - thank you!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness. The rooster and skull quilts rock this quilt collector's world. Please buy things from my shop so I can purchase those gorgeous quilts. :-0

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous colors and designs! I love the quilts with the fringe around the blocks. Too cool!

  • uniquelynancy

    uniquelynancy said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article!! Thank you for showing how great quilting can be and how different styles can fit into so many different life styles. THe art of quilting has stood the ravishes of time and evolved into a whole new art form!

  • MiaDolce

    MiaDolce said 6 years ago

    Great article and gorgeous quilts featured!! I love how quilts can be so versatile from old-fashioned to modern and everything in between. There's just something special and comforting about snuggling up with a handmade quilt :)

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous quilts! Wonderful article!

  • clevergirl

    clevergirl said 6 years ago

    What incredible quilts! I'm fascinated! I need one! I need them all! Beautiful article! Gorgeous art!

  • HeatherBuchanan

    HeatherBuchanan said 6 years ago

    Oh loveliness! And great timing - I'm just about to work on my very first quilt. It's going to be an art quilt, built like a life-sized anatomy flap.

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 6 years ago

    Great job on this, Tiffany. Many people don't understand the art and craft of quilting and this is really well done. Thank you. Happy National Quilting Day( tomorrow) and happy quilting (forever).

  • britpals

    britpals said 6 years ago

    This is a super article. Thanks so much! I love quilts too and started quilting a few years ago. I'm new to Etsy and have put a few small pieces on my site .. a few visitors, but no buyers yet and I really have to "get with" the whole Etsy concept and use the networking there. But it takes time, doesn't it!!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    what artists - being able to create such masterpieces...i've tried - its not easy!!

  • babinka1981

    babinka1981 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful art!

  • SetCarre

    SetCarre said 6 years ago

    Great article! Creating quilts is so fun!!

  • QuiltLover

    QuiltLover said 6 years ago

    Well written article. Thank you Tiffany.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful quilts!!

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 6 years ago

    WOW! These are great! Such dedication!

  • WoolyHands

    WoolyHands said 6 years ago

    I've been bit by the quilting bug this year - I haven't got very far on the sewing part, but the stash acquisition is going well :)

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 6 years ago

    Its great to see the creative ways to blend these cloths into such useful and fun pieces. Quilting is so universal now!

  • mia09

    mia09 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article, lots of info! I love quilts. Congratulations to all the artist your creations are beautiful.

  • clubaloha

    clubaloha said 6 years ago

    Fabulous article! Good job, Tiffany! Thank you for including my crazy cats quilt.

  • bungalowquilts

    bungalowquilts said 6 years ago

    Great article, great quilts!

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 6 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for sharing all the work that goes into quilts, they are so much more than functional items.

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 6 years ago

    Great article. Thanks from sharing all the details for what does into every quilt. They are so much more than functional objects.

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 6 years ago

    I so admire the patience and skill of quilters! My very pathetic attempt at a quilt, made 19 years ago, is literally falling apart at the seams, yet my kids refuse to let me dispose of it. I have the good fortune to live close to one of the best quilt festivals in the world in Sisters, Oregon. Seeing so many amazing quilts always takes my breath away!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts very inspiring. Want to see the large Esty quilts too. Am finishing up a twin quilt in shades of blue to put on my site. I love quilting.

  • DrawntoLetters

    DrawntoLetters said 6 years ago

    So informative-loved it! My most popular item is a modern cloth "book" but it is really made like a tiny quilt folded for reading. Thanks for the inspiring stuff.(Britpals welcome and good luck.)

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 6 years ago

    Wow! Such lovely quilts!!

  • Pamelaquilts

    Pamelaquilts said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article - there is so much diversity in the art of quilting, and this article really touches on that well! I love doing miniatures, it's challenging to work in small scale, but it's a great way to make a quilt without spending as much on materials!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Lovely, well-written and including flickr pics and pics of the process of quilting was a great idea. Wonderful, painstaking craft that deserves a lot of respect to the crafters who specialize in it.

  • PennyFabricArt

    PennyFabricArt said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article Tiffany! Textile arts have been popular for thousands of years, and variations on quilting have been part of cultures around the world for centuries. Contemporary wall-hanging art quilts are becoming the tapestries of the 21st century. Etsy definitely has about the best variety of excellent quilters and textile artists of any ecommerce website.

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 6 years ago

    I so admire quilters! There is a tradition of hand quilting on my mom's side, and perhaps some days I will dive into this artform myself... but for now I totally enjoy looking at others' works, so painstakingly created one stitch at a time. Thanks for sharing!

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 6 years ago

    Thanks, Vanessa, for giving me the opportunity to tell the world about quilting! Those wanting to see the Etsy Quilts just need to click on the blue "giant quilt" link in the first paragraph of the article. Thanks everyone for your nice words. Etsy has so many talented quilters, that I wish they could all have been showcased.

  • YellowViolet

    YellowViolet said 6 years ago

    Love this! I'm a complete fabric addict and this article makes me want to rush home and start working on something. Very inspirational and well done. THANK YOU!

  • btaylorquilts

    btaylorquilts said 6 years ago

    Wow! I love the cathedral windows pillow by warmnfuzzies. What a great article on quilting, perfect timing with national quilting day tomorrow :)

  • woolsolution

    woolsolution said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article with great examples, thank you, Tiffany!

  • nanasaprons

    nanasaprons said 6 years ago

    I am interested in doing quilts and this is a great article. Thank you for publishing it.

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 6 years ago

    absolutely beautiful collection of quilts - all kinds!

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 6 years ago

    These are gordeous! I have always loved quilting. I do mine by machine mostly and I would love to learn to handstich them if I could find the time! Color is always my favorite part of a quilt!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 6 years ago

    We are so lucky to have such talented quilters on Etsy. Such beautiful work. Great article!

  • SuzyQQuilts

    SuzyQQuilts said 6 years ago

    Great job Tiffany! You are amazing. What a fantastic piece you have put together.

  • mentalembellisher

    mentalembellisher said 6 years ago

    Fantastic! I have quilts all over the house and love to crazy quilt...all that colour and texture, essential for happiness!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous quilts - I especially loved the cat quilt!

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby said 6 years ago

    Thank you for this article. I love quilts and I love to make quilts. We have antique quilts in our home made by my husband's grandmother (born in 1884) and others made by his mother. When his granddaughter was born in 1999 I took blocks pieced by his mother and made them into a quilt for her. Hopefully this will mean something to her as she gets older. Everyone, if you love quilts, every October at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas is the International Quilt Festival. Supplies go for miles and hundreds of quilts of all styles are on display. Masterpieces! It is a good time!

  • MaaPstudio

    MaaPstudio said 6 years ago

    Wow!Absolutely gorgeous quilts!!

  • OriginalsbyLauren

    OriginalsbyLauren said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article, good job!

  • Fabricelements

    Fabricelements said 6 years ago

    A wonderful and educational article on the many styles of quilting. Thank you Tiffany.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    My mother made the most wonderful quilts, but I don't think I've inherited the sewing gene! But the idea that maybe one day I'll make a quilt is great excuse for harding fabrics! LOL

  • Quiltville

    Quiltville said 6 years ago

    Thanks Etsy for posted this Awesome article by Tiffany. I truly enjoyed reading every word. Thanks much Tiffany for including my quilts. I Love Love Tiffany's Cathedral Windows pillows, I own several.

  • spiceberrycottage

    spiceberrycottage said 6 years ago

    Awesome article. Loved all the talented artists highlighted!

  • SlpngBeauty59

    SlpngBeauty59 said 6 years ago

    Simply amazing article. Beautifully written- beautiful and perfectly chosen pictures- great layout.... I am definetly hooked on quilts now!

  • dorothydomingo

    dorothydomingo said 6 years ago

    Kudos to the quilters! You all do such amazing work and it's thrilling to see you get the spotlight!

  • JoshUrsoDesign

    JoshUrsoDesign said 6 years ago

    I've been looking for quilts like MamakaMills' for a while now. Thank you for the article and another addition to my "Must Have Someday" list!

  • allthenumbers

    allthenumbers said 6 years ago

    Fabulous article Tiffany (and a gorgeous picture BTW!), and thank you Etsy for showcasing the amazing beauty that can be found in quilting! My tree quilt shown above isn't being made right now (since I'm having trouble piecing on the floor!), but once these twins arrive, hopefully I will be able to get back to it. Thank you for including it! It is my very favorite thing to make. Actually ALL the photographs are wonderful. This article made my day!

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    wONDERFUL ARTÄ°CLE

  • FarmFreshArt

    FarmFreshArt said 6 years ago

    Oh my, I'm in heaven- your quilts are amazing.

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 6 years ago

    Tiffany, I have long been an admirer of cathedral windows quilts, and I think yours are stunning examples. Knowing I would never take the time to make one, but pining for a similar effect, I invented my own method and created a pattern to follow for those of us who need an easier way. Here is the link to it in case you are curious: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=42905574 Excellent work by all included here. I especially love the photo of Kim outside her barn. And I think the recyled mens shirts are brilliant.

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 6 years ago

    I love looking at quilts! They are so beautiful!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 6 years ago

    Beautiful examples in the picks! I have a quilt wall-hanging from my mom. :-)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Quilting is the most creative and wonderful art form. I'll have to get back into it. Thanks for the article.

  • ArtbyTinaMarie

    ArtbyTinaMarie said 6 years ago

    Awesome job of breaking down and explaining all the avenues of quilting. Thanks for sharing Tiffany! :o)

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 6 years ago

    I like KimsCraftyApple items!

  • MomNMiaQuilts

    MomNMiaQuilts said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing our wonderful art of quilting through this great article!!

  • litteMushroom

    litteMushroom said 6 years ago

    There was a really amazing quilt exibition at the V&A in london opening a few days ago ,anyone who lives near should go and see it.

  • QuiltSewCover

    QuiltSewCover said 6 years ago

    Excellent article and photos. Thanks Tiffany and Etsy for getting this on the blog!

  • blueberrydeluxe

    blueberrydeluxe said 6 years ago

    I'm so glad you did something on quilts! My grandma always makes me oodles every year and I just love them. They're coming back with a vengeance and I'm ready ;)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    beautiful quilts. love the bold, bright colors. takes so much work and patience to do such lovely pieces.

  • liveoakstudio

    liveoakstudio said 6 years ago

    What a fun article! Thank you!

  • attackofthevintage

    attackofthevintage said 6 years ago

    Great article, very informative, well written. Love the selections to go with the information. I have learned a few things. Thanks Tiffany!

  • healthyhomefabrics

    healthyhomefabrics said 6 years ago

    Informative article, Tiffany, and a wonferful tribute to quilters! As a seamstress and novice quilter I really appreciate the labor that goes into making all of these professional patchworks. I can't believe Esty quilters charge so little for their work. My dear quilters -- value your work and price it to better reflect your time and talent!!

  • cachecreekquilts

    cachecreekquilts said 6 years ago

    Tiffany, what an excellent article on quilting. You did such a great job including lots of photos from different quiltsy shops also. Thank you for your great post!

  • stashthis

    stashthis said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article warmnfuzzies!!!

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts!

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts!

  • handmadebygiovanna

    handmadebygiovanna said 6 years ago

    This is a great article! Thanks for sharing!

  • postcardlady

    postcardlady said 6 years ago

    Wonderful read, beautiful quilts

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 6 years ago

    Love the eye candy. Gorgeous!

  • Springwaterdesigns

    Springwaterdesigns said 6 years ago

    Great compilation of wonderful pieces! A very comprehensive article, thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  • MoranArtandQuilts

    MoranArtandQuilts said 6 years ago

    Love the article, Tiffany! And thank you Etsy for featuring quilts. I just love the diversity of this medium.

  • sewnewthings

    sewnewthings said 6 years ago

    Great info - thanks. I have some quilting projects that I must get back into this winter :)

  • TerryAskeArtQuilts

    TerryAskeArtQuilts said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article, Tiffany! It's great to see examples of the various methods and techniques used by quilters, and the gorgeous results of their work.

  • Radicalroles

    Radicalroles said 6 years ago

    My mom is also a beautiful art quilter. She's created underwater sea scenes, a boobs-totem-pole and my favorite- the back of my dad's head when he plays video games. See them here: www.bodasciousde.com

  • peaceableempire

    peaceableempire said 6 years ago

    MamakaMills' quilt looks like Pantone art- and from recylced material! Amazing.

  • halfpintsalvage

    halfpintsalvage said 6 years ago

    Everyone needs a handmade quilt--they're so warm and cozy. Love the idea of modern quilts--rather than something your grandma had. So many wonderful quilt-makers on Etsy too.

  • ChicThrows1

    ChicThrows1 said 6 years ago

    Fantastic well written article, well done!

  • domoshar

    domoshar said 6 years ago

    Lovely article with so much information and beautiful quilts! Thank you! Quilting is fantastic activity - liberating, artistic and with functional and loving outcome too. Thanks for helping more people feel the quilting magic!

  • artangel

    artangel said 6 years ago

    Wow these are all stunning - breathtaking colours! They must take soooo long to make!

  • Quiltedhearts5

    Quiltedhearts5 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article, great examples of the quilting field. Thank you so much Warmnfuzzies.

  • ArtAndDreams

    ArtAndDreams said 6 years ago

    So beautiful, so cozy and the colors are amazing.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 6 years ago

    there is nothing like the work of hands ...these illustrate such a creative spirit! I just love the colors and the artisans that create them!

  • annsquiltnstuff

    annsquiltnstuff said 6 years ago

    What an awesome article! Beautiful quilts!

  • annsquiltnstuff

    annsquiltnstuff said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful article! Such great information! Thank you Warmnfuzzies!

  • JenSport

    JenSport said 6 years ago

    great article!

  • roryunraveled

    roryunraveled said 6 years ago

    I so appreciate being included with all of these very talented artists. Thank you for such an informative and beautifully written article!

  • ItsBella

    ItsBella said 6 years ago

    who knew quilts could be so un-old ladyish?

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 6 years ago

    Great article on quilts. So glad so see that more people are appreciating their beauty. I particularly enjoyed how you broke down the pricing with yardage/cost of materials/cost of labor. If more people quilted they would see that each and every quilt is a piece of art that will be around for a long time and very much loved.

  • DemarestProductions

    DemarestProductions said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article! Thanks for highlighting why quilts are so special.

  • skobbermann

    skobbermann said 6 years ago

    Beautiful selection! I am so glad to see "old-fashioned" crafts brought into the current era!

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 6 years ago

    so much color....

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 6 years ago

    Truly amazing works of art!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 6 years ago

    Soooooo Colorful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 6 years ago

    Quilts are pure magic. I make mine by hand ( piecing, applique and quilting) and try to work on my current project every day. Such a joy.

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 6 years ago

    LOVE THEM!!!!!

  • ForQuiltsSake

    ForQuiltsSake said 6 years ago

    Great information here!

  • bcheri

    bcheri said 6 years ago

    A well-written and beautifully illustrated article - thank you!!

  • ForQuiltsSake

    ForQuiltsSake said 6 years ago

    Great article...very informative!

  • JesseMosher

    JesseMosher said 6 years ago

    great colors ,interesting subject - thank you .

  • littleseeta

    littleseeta said 6 years ago

    ooh i love quilts! such beautiful colors and patterns =)

  • PeekoApparel

    PeekoApparel said 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh! this is a fantastic skill to showcase! Its such a beautiful craft that embodies many facets of ideologies of warmth, comfort and family! Great content featured! xo

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 6 years ago

    Great works

  • FEELWHATIFELT

    FEELWHATIFELT said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pics!I would like so much to be a quilter!!! maybe in the future ;)

  • oabby81

    oabby81 said 6 years ago

    I bought the mini hexagon quilt! After all its publicity, how was it still available?? After seeing this blog I HAD to have it. Now its in the mail on its way :) So excited, thanks for this article so I could fine that amazing quilt.

  • oabby81

    oabby81 said 6 years ago

    I bought the mini hexagon quilt! After all its publicity, how was it still available?? After seeing this blog I HAD to have it. Now its in the mail on its way :) So excited, thanks for this article so I could fine that amazing quilt.

  • Clutterbags

    Clutterbags said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts!! Love the article.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 6 years ago

    I love all the quilts in here! One day I will make one too!

  • JanesGemCreations

    JanesGemCreations said 6 years ago

    Quilts are fantastic. Thank you so much for this artical.

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 6 years ago

    So wonderful, and full of charm and skill. I'm envious.

  • IdleFarrago

    IdleFarrago said 6 years ago

    A great article, thanks. For anyone in the UK, there's a wonderful exhibition of quilts on at the Victoria & Albert Museum - or you can see some and read all about it at www.vam.ac.uk Something to inspire, perhaps!

  • DeAnneDeSigns

    DeAnneDeSigns said 6 years ago

    Great article! Those are amazing pieces of art!

  • Quilties

    Quilties said 6 years ago

    Great article and wonderful contributions by so many quilters. Love to see our art celebrated so well this month!

  • DesignByLauren

    DesignByLauren said 6 years ago

    Great article! I only hope to quilt something as beautiful as these artists have someday. I'm so fascinated with quilts I blogged about this article today http://lifeanddesignbylauren.blogspot.com

  • SilverWishes

    SilverWishes said 6 years ago

    Beautiful article, thank you for sharing it! Makes me want to dig back into my fabric stashes and quilt again. Need more of me! :)

  • AsianArtAndQuilts

    AsianArtAndQuilts said 6 years ago

    It's nice to see quilting featured. There are so many different forms that come under the main heading of quilting. That fact was nicely brought out here. Great information of the process and time involved in this art form. I love the inclusion of some examples of "alternative" quilting ie art quilts like bbusbyarts's Urchin II quilt, a brilliant quilt artist. Thanks for a great article.

  • THINGMAJIG

    THINGMAJIG said 6 years ago

    They are all awesome, but I am really fascinated by the purple and pink mini. For me, quilts are definitely all about memories of Grandma. She made many patchwork quilts, with old blankets for batting. I even have one made by my Great Grandmother. Wonderful memories in each quilt, old or new.

  • OceanPatch

    OceanPatch said 6 years ago

    What a talented bunch of etsians who created these beautiful quilts! I love Mr. Bones!

  • CheersToJuly

    CheersToJuly said 6 years ago

    These look incredible! I've been looking to have a custom quilt made, any recommendations?

  • magpieknits

    magpieknits said 6 years ago

    This is a great article. It really explains what goes into making a quilt. Very well written. It is a very good overview for anyone wanting to purchase a quilt. Thanks for sharing such good information.

  • SEWFUNQUILTS

    SEWFUNQUILTS said 6 years ago

    Great article; very well written, "covers" the whole thing. Wonderful to get some recognition for our quilting community on ETSY. Thanks sew much.

  • artl8dy

    artl8dy said 6 years ago

    and if you ever get a chance to go to a Quilt Show, you won't believe your eyes. There's one in Houston every October and it's one of the biggest events in the city at the time. The convention center is maxed out with the most amazing works. The saying goes, "it's not your grandmother's quilt", and it's so true. They have them in Chicago and other cities too.

  • DownHomeDesigns

    DownHomeDesigns said 6 years ago

    Tiffany, what a fantastic job you've done with this article! An eye opener for those who don't know much about what goes into the making of a quilt. You've covered it all...very interesting and full of valuable informaton. Love it! (I'm leaving a link on our FB wall.)

  • FabricFascination

    FabricFascination said 6 years ago

    Wonderful celebration of quilts and quilting!

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 6 years ago

    I love collecting quilts, they are such a nice thing to have in your home x

  • Arizonabell

    Arizonabell said 6 years ago

    Those are some very technical patterns. Very nice quilts, you can tell you truly love quilting. http://quiltsandcoverlets.org/

  • toshima19

    toshima19 said 5 years ago

    We are showcasing the best of the best antique and vintage quilts , many that are extremely rare. We will have delicate french laces including Normandy and Point de Gaze, fine Italian and French linens, whimsical feedsack pieces from the depression era and so many things that will make your house a home. http://www.vintageblessings.com/prestashop/

  • katekk1200000

    kate young from CutTheSew said 2 years ago

    i love story project most! @CHALLO

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