About Embroidered Quilts
Originally many embroidered quilts were intended as piano scarves or a parlor throw. They usually didn't have any batting or filler & were tacked down, not quilted. Embroidered quilts were made from whole pieces of cloth or from scraps of everything; wedding gowns, silk dresses, silk souvenirs, cigar bands and many more items found their way into embroidered quilts. After the foundation was created, then the quilts were embroidered, with unique stitches, beads and even paint. The embellishment of the embroidered quilt continued sometimes until the quilter's death. Patterns, foundations, and even the printed random designs of embroidered quilts were in the ladies magazines of the day. So even though these embroidered quilts appeared random, they may have been planned. These quilts weren't just beautiful, they were considered a status symbol. Due to the amount of work involved, embroidered quilts needed many, many hours by the quilter and since time was necessary, it was an object not found in a poorer home. It was only found in the homes of the ladies of leisure. A man would invite guests to his home and if they saw proof of his wife's leisurely pursuits it was sure sign of his prosperity..