What is the difference between a Quilt and a Coverlet?

To Quilt it… or Coverlet it…?

I had a customer ask me this question today and I’m sure she’s not alone;  I’m going to try my best to describe the difference but when it comes down to it, it’s a personal preference!

What is a Quilt?  The dictionary say:  A bed cover made by stitching together firmly two layers of cloth or patch work with some soft and warm substance (as wool or cotton) between them.

"Grace" by Taylor Linens

Grace by Taylor Linens @ The Trendy Bed.com

Quilts like the one above are so beautiful with elegant quilting with beautiful antique inspired designs they are often used as the top layer of your bed.  During those cooler months this bedding style would be good combined with an electric blanket as some people prefer that to using the heaver comforters.

Nantucket Quilt & Duvet Cover by Taylor Linens

.Nantucket Quilt & Duvet Cover @ The Trendy Bed

In the picture above the Nantucket Quilt is used along with the Nantucket Duvet Cover.  Layering your bed like this makes it useable in all weathers, during your warmer months flip your duvet cover back and just use your quilt for a light weight cover.  When the nights get colder your layered to keep the heat in and that chill out!

Heartland by Lasting Impressions @ The Trendy Bed

Heartland by Lasting Impressions @ The Trendy Bed

Where did quilts come from?  They were usually made from left over scrapes of material sewn together to make a pattern; and that is where we get the term “Patchwork Quilt” .  Today these  “patchwork” quilts are too beautiful to cover up.  What I am seeing is these patchwork quilts being combined with a solid matelasse quilt to add texture and color to the bed.

Patchwork quilt & Solid Matelasse by C&F @ The Trendy Bed

Patchwork quilt & Solid Matelasse by C&F @ The Trendy Bed

What is a Coverlet? In the dictionary is say’s “Bedspread”  In a way that is correct;  Bedding by Maine Heritage Weavers (Bates Bedspreads) makes beautiful Matelasse and Candlewick bedspreads along with Coverlet, which is a shorter version of a bedspread.  Below is their Martha’s Choice inspired by George Washington,  he chose the original of this bedspread for his bride.

Martha's Choice Bedspread by Maine Heritage Weavers

Martha’s Choice Bedspread by Maine Heritage Weavers

Martha's Choice Coverlet by Maine Heritage Weavers

Martha’s Choice Coverlet by Maine Heritage Weavers

 

Another great sample of this is the Bedspread and Coverlets by Ellery Homestyles in their Historic Charleston Collection.  Their King Charles collection offers bedspreads, coverlet, bedskirt, shams, and decorative pillows giving to the original meaning of a Coverlet.

 

King Charles Matelasse Coverlet by Ellery Homestyles

King Charles Matelasse Coverlet by Ellery Homestyles

King Charles Matelasse Bedspread by Ellery Homestyles

King Charles Matelasse Bedspread by Ellery Homestyles

I truly feel that was the vision behind the coverlet,  just the shorter version of the Bedspread;  not everyone wants their bedding to lay on the floor to get caught in the vacuum, kids to step on and pull off the fringes. (I remember all those from when I was younger and my parents had a bedspread very similar to Martha’s choice)

I hope you enjoyed my little blog today;  To coverlet it… or to quilt it…?

What do you think, do you prefer the Quilts, or do you prefer the Coverlets?

Have a great week.

Cathy

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