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Thread: So, what is the "legal" definition of a quilt??

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    So, what is the "legal" definition of a quilt??

    I sell a few baby quilts on yardsellr, have been more successful there than with other online sites. But yesterday I received a comment about one of my small flannel "quilts" as I call them. Pretty nasty, as in "that's not a quilt, it is knotted, and it is flannel, not cotton, so not a quilt." Maybe it should be called a comforter,, but it has a back, a batting and a front, tied together. Help, am I way wrong in thinking one can call it a quilt?? Bewildered.

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    Three layers held together by stitching. Flannel is cotton. Ties are single stitches.

    They obviously don't know what they're talking about.

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    Congratulations you just met the quilt police. ignore and go on calling your quilts "quilts" because that is what they are. Just be very thorough in your description so if someone orders they know to expect a tied, flannel quilt. As opposed to the kind the QP was referring to. You will meet all kinds on your quilting journey. There are still some out there that insist a machine quilted quilt is not a "real" quilt.

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    Sounds like a quilt to me. I agree they don't know what they are talking about. Why can people just keep their piehole shut if they don't have anything nice to say

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    I’ve seen two fleece panels and a towel between, with the fringed cut ends tied together sold as a quilt. Look at what Walmart sells as quilts.

    Just be honest in your description so that people don’t think they’re going to get a pieced, cotton, quilted item.
    Last edited by MattieMae; 08-23-2012 at 08:03 AM.

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    oh-oh, the quilt police have your number!! The only proper response is "How kind of you to take an interest" accompanied by an icy stare if the comment is made in person. Not sure how you would do an icy stare over the internet!

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    Ha, great advice everyone. Makes me feel special, the quilt police are after me now I do always say if it is hand pieced, machine quilt or hand quilted, or knotted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Sounds like a quilt to me. I agree they don't know what they are talking about. Why can people just keep their piehole shut if they don't have anything nice to say
    That's what I was thinking. This world is full of critics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Sounds like a quilt to me. I agree they don't know what they are talking about. Why can people just keep their piehole shut if they don't have anything nice to say
    I second your thought......
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    I and a lot of quilters I know tie quilts. If I get in a hurry or if my back is hurting me I tie the quilts I feel will look good tied. And I call them quilts.

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    from Merriam-Webster http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quilt

    ": a bed coverlet of two layers of cloth filled with padding (as down or batting) held in place by ties or stitched designs"


    Notice it doesn't even mention the type of cloth.
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    Yep, I agree with previous posters, that was the Quilt Police. I'll wager it may have even been a competitor... you know you're doing something right when they come after you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    from Merriam-Webster http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quilt

    ": a bed coverlet of two layers of cloth filled with padding (as down or batting) held in place by ties or stitched designs" Notice it doesn't even mention the type of cloth.
    Hmmm. Sounds like the definitions of comforter and quilt are the same, so the OP should be okay.
    Last edited by MattieMae; 08-23-2012 at 09:53 AM.

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    Merriam Webster "A bed coverlet of two layers of cloth filled with padding (as down or batting) held in place by ties or stitched designs." My sister in law is also a quilt police....AND she dosn't quilt!!

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    Didn't see your post MattieMae's ....went right to "Merriam" after reading original post. GGGgggggrrr to quilt police!!

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    To the person who commented on your quilt: If you're not going to buy, move on - no commentary or editorializing - just move on.

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    sometimes in museums i have seen whole cloth quilts that are two pieces of fabric, no bat.

    they were just to show off stitching (and my oh my do they!)

    so yeah. what they all said

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    You could have responded, "Somebody wore their cranky panties today!"

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    If it ever happens again, ask to see the person's ID.
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    Just because the quilt police gave you a ticket doesn't mean you have to pay it. Plain and simple, you met all the qualifications of a quilt. Congratulations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Sounds like a quilt to me. I agree they don't know what they are talking about. Why can people just keep their piehole shut if they don't have anything nice to say
    I'll tell you why... it's like mhy Mother used to always say "If they can't run it, they have to ruin it". Some people are just clods!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    You could have responded, "Somebody wore their cranky panties today!"

    Jan in VA
    LOL. Good one Jan! I know a couple people I would like to say that too!

    And to Oldquilter.......sounds like quilts to me!

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    that person must have a very rigid sense of what a quilt is. Ignore it. I find people who make comments like that usually aren't quilters

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    Even Webster's definition grossly is outdated. The industry definition is the one Scissor Queen gave: Three layers held together by stitching. No mention of beds...or cloth or thread or batting for that matter.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    are definitions 'legal & illegal'?
    never thought about a definitions---legality

    my webster's dictionary states:
    quilt;1. a bedcover made by stitching together two layers of cloth with a soft padding between them 2. Any bedcover, esp. if thick. 3. a quilted skirt or other quilted article-v.t. 1 To stitch together two pieces of material with a soft substance between. 2 To stitch in ornamental patterns or crossing lines. - v.i. 3. To make a quilt of quilted work.

    it says nothing about not being able to use flannel- or any other fabric you like---i've seen a couple pretty sweet fleece quilts---they were quilts because they had a batting and a backing & were stitched together.
    it also does not say a tied quilt is not a quilt---since in all actuality you are making a stitch at each tie.
    so, maybe the (critic) should check her dictionary before becoming indignant.
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