I’m a big fan of quilts, always have been. What’s not to love right? They are useful and cozy, have history and are sometimes artisanal (if you’re lucky). I think my love began when my mum hung an oldie in place of a drape over sliding glass doors at the cottage. If I recall the quilt was quite old and a bit worn in spots. Instead of going the extra distance to have it professionally mended she (my mother was a very good sewer- and knitter for that matter) patched it herself and hung it right up.
Done and done, it was the perfect cottage window covering. Because of the weight it hung like a dream and pooled just right on the floor and when pulled closed it created a visual feast-Just as a wall hanging would.
Below are a few of my fave’s at the moment- all are available online.
This Kaleidoscope Patchwork quilt from Urban Outfitters packs a lot of visual punch.
And I love how it reverses to a pale floral.
This is an antique beauty from Cindy’s Antique Quilts- online.
It’s of a Hawaiian Applique pattern called Crowns and Lehua and was made in the 1930’3- 40′s.
All hand done….
This Fire Line Quilt from Anthropologie offers a quiet graphic. Pieced together from heavyweight canvas and linen, this quilt is a one of a kind creation by Fred Shand.
It offers a handwritten label on it’s back naming all the artists who worked on the textile and their techniques used.
West Elm always has great bed linens. These hand-blocked and hand-quilted pieces offer that perfect hit of pattern so hot right now. I think they
also might make a rather nice cottage drape…