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Old 06-30-2018, 09:33 AM
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Default Blanket vs Quilt

I have seen several posts over the years where the term 'blanket' was considered derogatory when referring to a quilt.

I think it is important to keep in mind that for many people 'blanket' is not a dirty word. When someone refers to a quilt as a blanket they are not being disrespectful, nor intending to cause offence.

In Canadian First Nations culture a Morning Star Blanket is a beautiful 45 degree star quilt, or Lone Star Quilt.

For many non quilters, bedcoverings are blankets, whether they are woven, knit, crochet, or a quilt. A baby blanket could be a handmade quilt, something bought at Target, knit or crochet. A 'Thank you for the blanket' is a thank you no matter what term the recipient has used to describe the gift.

I come from a fairly multicultural family with family on every continent except Antarctica, even those of us that speak English use different terms to describe the same item. I believe it is important to accept that we may use different terminology, and not get our knickers in a knot if someone else's trunk is my boot.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:35 AM
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At my first quilting group one of the women referred to her projects as blankets. All of them. We teased her a little but nothing serious. It was a good group and we all got along well.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:39 AM
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Hear ! Hear !

I agree - when someone calls a quilt a blanket - I do not think that should be considered an insult.

Cover - blanket - comforter - bankie - quilt - duvet -

Even "quilts" can be further "divided" - pieced, whole cloth, tied, machine-quilted, hand-quilted - etc etc etc etc

I would guess that many - little children, especially - call their cover-ups something other than "quilt."

As far as that goes - I don't think many little kids refer to their quilt as "quilt" -

Do they?

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Old 06-30-2018, 09:43 AM
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When someone calls my quilts a blanket I say that's funny because I do quilting not blanketing. LOL
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:46 AM
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I never understood why anyone would become so ( offended) by their quilt being referred to as a blanket. If they are using it on a bed, on top of a sheet, to them it is probably a blanket.
Too many people are ( sweating the little stuff) and taking offense over things that just don’t change anything. I like what you said about “ a thank you is a thank you “. be gracious, kind and cheerful - our differences are what make our lives what they are.
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Old 06-30-2018, 02:43 PM
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I don't care what people call my quilts as long as they use & love them.
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Old 06-30-2018, 03:10 PM
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We have a friend whom I have made two quilts for. He called the first one a blanket, I sure told him the difference between blankets and quilts. Now he only refers to his quilts as quilts.

It was said in good fun and we laughed about it. I did get my message across to him. We live in the same area, he just didn't know.
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Old 06-30-2018, 04:06 PM
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My UPS lady was telling me she wanted to put her son's boy scout badges onto squares and then onto a blanket. Later i realized she was probably meant making a quilt.
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Old 07-01-2018, 04:56 AM
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I'm not upset by the interchange of the words. Most people don't know much about quilting unless they do it or have someone close to them who does. I don't think it's malicious on their part.

A long time ago my sister bought one of those knock-off quilts. She had no idea the difference but I gave her an education fast! haha
We still laugh about it. By the way, she got rid of it!!!!!!!!

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Old 07-01-2018, 05:50 AM
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I do agree but I still get an involuntary inner shudder when someone calls one of my quilts a blanket. Even before I ever took my first stitch on a quilt I did differentiate between the two.
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