The art of patching scraps into bed quilts is a revered American tradition. But for a time, much of that handiwork had taken on a quaint dustiness. No more. Vintage patchwork has been embraced by, of all unexpected corners of the world, men’s fashion as primo material for kaleidoscopic jackets at couture prices.
Patchwork quilted clothing had existed before, but Emily Bode, winner of the inaugural Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation in 2020 and the CFDA emerging designer of the year in 2019, is credited as the first to transform it into high fashion under her hugely influential label Bode. She’s now one of many: as the New York Times reported this week Men’s Wear Is on a Quilt Trip. Here at Remodelista, we’ve also been taking note of antique American quilts surfacing in fresh-looking rooms near and far: as art, upholstery, and, yes, also bedding.
Cutting up vintage handwork has understandably raised some alarms. Those who put old quilts to new uses say they only repurpose castoffs, often from thrift stores, and in doing so, give them new life. See what you think.
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Frequently asked questions
What is American patchwork quilt?
American patchwork quilt is a traditional method of sewing quilts in which small pieces of cloth are sewn together to create intricate patterns and designs.
Where do American patchwork quilts come from?
American patchwork quilts have their roots in the early settlers of America who used scraps of cloth to create warm blankets and bed covers.
Why is American patchwork quilt trending?
American patchwork quilts have become popular again due to the growing interest in traditional crafts and the desire for handmade, heirloom-quality items.
What are the different types of American patchwork quilts?
There are many different types of American patchwork quilts, including log cabin, nine-patch, and star quilts, among others.
Where can I find American patchwork quilts for sale?
American patchwork quilts can be found for sale at a variety of sources, including craft fairs, online marketplaces, and specialty shops.
How do I care for my American patchwork quilt?
American patchwork quilts should be washed on a gentle cycle with mild detergent and hung or laid flat to dry in order to maintain their integrity and avoid damage.