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What’s the Difference between a Quilt and a Coverlet?

Quilts and coverlets warmed and adorned the beds of royalty, rock stars, and regular folk for centuries. Here’s how they’re different:

 

Quilts

 

Coverlets are typically woven from scratch, with the pattern fashioned one row at a time.

Quilts are traditionally made up of many pieces of existing fabric, sewn together to form a design.

Coverlets are like thin blankets made of two layers and designed to pretty up the top of the bed.

Quilts are heavier, three-layer affairs: A decorative top, insulating mid-layer and coordinating bottom layer – all stitched neatly together.

And, while some coverlets are quilted on top, that does not make them quilts (nice try, coverlets).

Use a coverlet on its own in warmer months, or as a companion to your quilt or duvet in cooler weather. You can also use your favorite coverlets as throw blankets on your bed or sofas.

 

Coverlets

 

Dying to learn more? Check out the Museum of the American Coverlet

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