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Glossary of Quilting Terms,
terms to view our helpful new Anatomy of a
decorative top portion of a quilt after all squares have been sewn together and
Using either appliqué or patchwork techniques, quilt pieces are
firmly secure the design, yet strategic edges are left unstitched to fray, giving a soft, 'raggy' effect.
A quilt top in which each block is a different
design or style.
The strips of fabric that are sewn between adjacent blocks in a quilt top.
Typically, a quilt made up of many different fabrics. Commonly "scraps" of
fabric left over from other projects or usable remnants of clothing.
A quilt in which ‘blank’ quilt blocks can be signed by many different
individuals and special messages added, using washable marking pens.
The pattern and layout (the number of blocks across and down, plus borders and
binding) will determine the exact measurements of a quilt.
following is a guide to standard bed measurements:
38” x 38”
27" x 52"
36” x 66”
40" x 75"
54" x 75"
60" x 80"
76" x 80"
*Important Note on Quilt Sizes as Used by Legacy Quilts*
above referenced sizes refer only to the top of standard sized
mattresses. Legacy Quilts’ creations are designed without overhang (i.e. if used
as a bed cover, they cover only the top of the bed).
Overhang refers to the ‘extra’ fabric/quilt that extends over the edge of a
standard sized mattress. It includes allowances for ‘drop’ to the floor and ‘pillowtuck’,
References are typically made to “comforter”, “coverlet” and “bedspread” sizes
Should overhang be required on
any quilt, it can be easily added using the following guidelines:
Comforter dimensions include a 12” drop
on sides and bottom of the quilt. No extra length is added for pillows.
A comforter is designed for use with a dust ruffle and pillow shams.
dimensions include a 16” drop on sides and bottom, and 10” of
extra length for a pillow tuck. A coverlet does not reach the floor, but
it does cover the mattress and box springs, making a dust ruffle unnecessary.
dimensions include a 20 ½”
drop on sides and bottom, and a 10 ½” length for a pillow tuck. The
bedspread reaches completely to the floor on three sides of the bed.
*If overhang is required,
please refer to the desired Size of Quilt (i.e. Queen), AND the amount of
overhang (i.e. ‘Comforter’, ‘Coverlet’ or ‘Bedspread’) to indicate the preferred
finished quilt size.
Overhang yardage will be
calculated into the finished quilt size and priced accordingly.
A tube of fabric sewn to the top edge of the back of a quilt to slide a dowel
through for hanging the quilt. (also Hanging Sleeve)
Stained Glass Quilt
A style of quilting meant to resemble a stained glass window pane. Black fabric
strips are appliquéd over the edges of fabric sections designed to look like
imitating the leading in real Stained Glass windows.
A small, lap-sized quilt measuring 36”x 66”. (see also Lap Size)
A traditional method of securing the three quilt layers together with knotted
ties at intervals (usually 3-5”) across the quilt. Can be used in conjunction
with, or as a replacement for, machine quilting. (see also Quilting)
Short name for the quilt top.
A twin size mattress is 40"x75".
Wall Quilt or Wall
A quilted piece designed and constructed to be hung on a wall for decoration.
Can contain specialty fabrics and embellishments that are not meant to be washed
or undergo strain or wear.
*ANY SIZE OR
TYPE of quilt can be made into a wallhanging by simply adding a hanging sleeve
to the back, or for large quilts, draping them over a wall-mounted display dowel.
A quilt made up of many small squares (usually only 1 or 2" in size), sewn to
give the overall impression of an Impressionistic Painting. Also called
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Definitions compiled from a variety of sources, including, but not limited
to: Webster's Revised Unabridged
Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
The Perfect Patchwork Primer,
written by Beth Gutcheon; Penguin Books Ltd; 1982. The
Quilter's How-To Dictionary, written by Mari
Shirer; Leman Publications,