What’s more comforting than a quilt? Especially if its one that has been around for a while, seen many washings, and has that baby-blanket softness that we all adore. Quilts speak to our inner child as they evoke memories of afternoon naps, nighttime snuggles with a favorite book or maybe a pet. Most of us can remember climbing into our bed and having our mom or grandmom tucking us in for the night and pulling that quilt over us – an extension of their love and caring. Many of our moms made quilts out of our old clothes. My mom would cut motifs from dresses I outgrew as a child as well as from shirts, blouses, sheets, and pillow cases. It was comforting when I was older to sit with a quilt my mom made for me and touch the individual pieces of fabric, each bringing to mind an article of clothing and the memories of when and where I had worn it. That particular quilt is long gone, having become threadbare and useless. Today’s quilts aren’t so much handmade as they are commercially available. And the cost of a handmade quilt is often three or four times the cost of one commercially mass-produced. Today’s quilts are more color-coordinated to match curtains or other linens. I recently went looking for a new quilt on-line and found several that I want to share with you. Which is your favorite?
This quilt pattern is very similar to the one my mom made for me.
Typical patchwork quilt.
Sample of a rag quilt.
Ready made quilt available from Laura Ashley.
Lovely purple and white quilt set available at Wayfair.com