Aside from being essential to comfortable sleep, a quilt can mean so many things to different people. A quilt can be a grandparent or parent’s labour of love for a child. Or it could be passed down generations. It could be memories woven together and gifted to a partner in the form of handmade quilts. Whatever be the case, a quilt is synonymous with comfort, and care. If you are planning to buy quilted bedspreads, we have a range that is sure to evoke the same feeling. Choose one that makes you feel like a little child about to sleep blissfully.
What are the different types and materials of quilts?
A quilt usually has an outer cloth top, the batting (which is the padding material inside), and a back that is created using a quilting technique. Quilting fabric comes in a large variety and fillings, and you need to choose what works well with the weather and your own preference.
Here are some options that you can choose from:
Feather and Down Quilts: These have an outer layer of feathers, and are excellent insulating quilts. Suitable for very cold weather, feather and down quilts are light but effective in keeping the cold at bay. Feather and down quilts can be washed or dry-cleaned. They are durable and last for a long time.
Wool: Naturally capable of regulating body temperature, wool allows you to feel warm on a cold winter’s night but prevents you from feeling all sticky on a warm summer day. Wool is also suitable for people with allergies as it is hypoallergenic. It is recommended that you dry-clean a woollen quilt.
Cotton: Lightweight and soft, a cotton quilt helps you sleep well by taking heat away from your body on a warm day. Cotton quilts are machine washable, and extremely durable. Cotton quilts are also suitable for people with allergies.
Microfiber quilts: While the other three we’ve mentioned are natural quilt options, an alternative to naturals is a microfiber quilt. These are filled with man-made fibre and have a “bouncy”, light quality. Microfiber quilts are extremely durable and can be washed.
Types Of Quilting Techniques
We’ve seen what materials you can choose from while purchasing a quilt online. Quilts can be made from various quilting techniques. Based on the technique, here are some commonly used quilt types:
Pieced Quilts: Also called a patchwork quilt, a pieced quilt is exactly what its name suggests – different bits of fabric sewn together to form a quilt. These can have a theme of some sort or can be totally unplanned with just pieces of quilting fabric chosen to go together.
Applique Quilts: When fabric in a specific shape or design is placed on another fabric and then sewn on to it by hand or with a machine, this technique is called ‘applique’. These quilts can be quirky, creative and beautiful.
Paper Pieced Quilts: When the fabric is sewn onto a paper foundation in a specific pattern, you get a paper pieced quilt. This is one of the methods of the popular foundation piecing technique.
How to choose the right quilt?
There are so many types of quilting fabrics, quilting supplies, filling materials and quilt patterns and styles available. Should you buy a cotton quilt or a microfiber quilt? Should you get a queen quilt or a king quilt? Will your quilt give you allergies? The range of options is quite dizzying. How do you which one is right for you? Here are some things to keep in mind while choosing a quilt online:
Hot or cold: Consider the climate that you live in. Is it hot most of the time? Or do you have very cold winters? Also, consider if your body tends to feel the heat very fast. In this case, a cotton quilt is a great option – it’s lightweight and comfortable. Wool or a feather and down quilt are good options if you tend to feel cold easily.
Allergies: If you are prone to allergies, synthetic microfiber is a good option. Microfiber quilts are also easy to maintain.
Maintenance: Some quilts are easier to maintain than others. So with other considerations in mind, also check if the quilt is machine-washable or dry-clean only. Quilts also need to be aired regularly and kept dust-free.
Size: Do you want a king size quilt or a queen size quilt? A king size quilt is ideal when you want to share with a partner. If you sleep alone, then a queen size quilt gives you enough snuggle space and more!
Décor: Yes, the utility is important. But also consider where you will use the quilt. Keep the room’s décor in mind when you choose the colour and design of the quilt. A baby blue quilt or a white quilt will work best if you want fuss-free, but consider a quirky patchwork quilt if you want to get creative.
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