Patchwork Quilts and How To Make Them!

Patchwork Quilts and quilt making is an ancient practice dating back to 18th century. In the period of depression it was an easy thing to recycle the clothes. Each and every piece of cloth was utilized to make a pleasing design that was used as quilt top. Today it is a million dollar industry and quilting is popular around the world. A patchwork quilt consists of layers of material that are stitched together in different patterns and various pieces are stitched together into a larger design. Patchwork was done by hands previously but now manufacturers use machines for faster production.

In America, warm bedding is extremely essential in cold seasons so they started using patch worked quilts with woven coverlets. The three-layered quilt was enough warm and its patchwork became a thing for home decoration.

Geographical locations - The earliest record of patchwork and quilting varies, but it originated thousands of years ago. Patchworking techniques originated in Europe and it has now reached all parts of the world.

Designs - Patchwork quilts are available in U. S. designs with U.S. flag, stars and stripes. Hawaiian designs are also popular.

Cloth/Material - Quilts are available in wool, silk, velvet and cotton. The three layers of material give warmth and comfort in American cold weather.

Prices - Quilts range from as low as 10$ up to 1000$ max. You can get best deals in sales. A good quilt with good design starts from 100$. Hawaiian patchwork designs are little costlier starting from 500$.

Quilt care

The patchwork is very delicate hence requires extra care while cleaning.


All the patchworks are machine washable but home machines may not have that extra space for washing. Always use delicate fabric washing powder and cold water for patch work quilts. Add ½ cup of vinegar in washing water to stop quilt from fading.


Air drying is best for quilts as the threads will remain intact and fading of threads is minimized. Large quilts are best dried in commercial dryers.


Quilts are passed as heirlooms so if a piece comes out you can patch it with your old clothes and it will become everlasting memory.


Store in cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Rotate and refold the patchwork quilts regularly. Place tissue paper between two quilts to avoid yellow spots.

Dry cleaning

Some patch work quilts are recommended for dry clean then test a small patch before complete dry clean.

Types of patchwork

  • Stained glass patchwork
  • Cathedral window patchwork
  • Somerset patchwork
  • Puff patchwork
  • Crazy patch


Patchwork quilts are ideal as a perfect gift for wedding or college bound student or for any occasion. Pass it as heirloom to your grand children. It is a must in U. S. weather. It has become a decoration item from a mere necessity. Choose from variety of colors, fabrics, designs and price range. Hope you get your dream quilt at the best price with favorite color and design.

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