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Thread: Anyone heard of a "hap" ?

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    Senior Member emmah's Avatar
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    My grandmother, born in late 1800's, Scotch-Irish from a valley in central Pennsylvania, used the word "hap" to refer to the heavy tied quilts used everyday, made up of squares or rectangles of wool. I found a reference to it in one quilt book, saying it was a local term, and that the word means to cover or wrap. I wonder if anyone else has had this word passed on in generations in their family?

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    I hadn't heard the term before, but there is at least one pattern out there for a hap quilt:

    http://designandplanningconcepts.com...=quilts&pnum=2

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    Learned something new!:)

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    I' ve never heard that term, but I sure remember sleeping under heavy wool pastchwork quilts when I was little. My grandma and mom made them with wool on both sides and batting too. They sure kept you warm.

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    My family's from Western PA, and we had haps, which meant a heavy tied quilt to us, too. They usually had an older blanket as a batting; when it got too unsightly, Grandma would make a new cover and just layer it over the old one.

    Although, we also referred to those heavy wool army blankets as haps, too. I'd completely forgotten the term until you brought it up :-)

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    Have not heard that term, but do know someone with the nickname "Hap"~

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    My grandmother, born in late 1800's, Scotch-Irish from a valley in central Pennsylvania, used the word "hap" to refer to the heavy tied quilts used everyday, made up of squares or rectangles of wool. I found a reference to it in one quilt book, saying it was a local term, and that the word means to cover or wrap. I wonder if anyone else has had this word passed on in generations in their family?
    This must be a PA term, I remember them well. Yes, very heavy and just add a new layer when worn out.
    Sure felt good in the cold winters. Thanks for the remembrance. Ruth

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