The Truth Behind Quilt Sizes

Most people think of quilts as coming in a variety of bed sizes (“King”, “Queen”, etc.), but this is actually a very common misconception! In truth though, a custom quilt is usually based upon square inch. Reason being; quilts are made in such a very large variety of sizes. With many of these various dimensions, they can be used and displayed on several different size beds.
For Example: The flat surface of a queen size bed measures 60″x 80″. So a quilt that measures 80″x 80″ will not only display nicely on a queen size bed, it can also be displayed nicely on a full size bed (flat surface being 54″x 75″) on up to a king size bed (flat surface being 76″x 80″).
So what a person should ask themselves is, how will this quilt most likely be used? After being asked this question, often times people end up going with what I call an “oversized throw”. Something measuring anywhere from 72″x 72″ on up to 80″x 80″.
The reason for this is the versatility in use of the quilt. With a quilt that ranges anywhere within these dimensions, a person can display them nicely on just about any size bed from a twin on up to a king size bed. While at the same time, it can be used to snuggle under on the sofa, keeping the the average person covered completely. Yet, at the same time, not having the bulk of a larger quilt.
Lastly, a quilt that falls within a large throw size is still able to be easily hung for display on a wall.

Documenting a Quilt

Documenting a quilt is much more important than most people realize.
If a quilt is put together and cared for diligently, it can last 100 years or more! With proper documentation, information about a quilt that might be easily lost or forgotten over time, can be preserved for generations to come.

The way that I document quilts is with hand embroidery work. Reason being is, hand embroidery work seems to stand the test of time very well. Your hand embroidery work can be placed on the front or the back of a quilt. Being done by hand instead of machine, the documentation can be anything from a picture to a hand written note.

By putting the year a quilt is created, whom or what the quilt is about, you can be sure that future generations will have knowledge of the treasure they have.

Here are a couple of examples:

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“Tradewinds” Design Quilt

It is amazing the different quilted items that can be created from clothing. At 90″x 90″, this memory quilt is one of the latest that was brought to life from a variety of men’s clothing. Corduroy from two different pair of pants for a border, and a large variety of other clothing (primarily shirts) are featured in the “Tradewinds” design of this quilt.
Being able to wrap oneself in a custom memory quilt made of clothing and other personal items such as this one, can make for a soothing and comforting experience. Creating a tangible bit of history, memory quilts ensure keeping the memory of an individual and / or event alive for many generations to come.

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