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Thread: wallhanging not quilt

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    is it just me but it seems to me that a lot of peaple call a wallhanging a quilt but to me a quilt is to be used on a bed and take a lot of work while a wallhanging doesn't take as long and some are only 12 inch square and they are also called a quilt or is a quilt any thing that has quilting on it. i don't mean to offend just wondering

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    like a lot of things it's a matter of "opinion"
    to me a quilt is 3 layers sewn together and used to keep warm
    and that's MY opinion ;)

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    Have you checked the dictionary for the meaning of the word? A wallhanging, no matter how small is a quilt.

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    Quilts come in all sizes, from miniature to king. Quilting is a technique.

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    "quilt" types up a lot faster than "wallhanging".... :) :)

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    I started out quilting with wall hangings. It allowed me to try lots of different techniques. That said, some of those miniatures took more time than some of the larger bed-size quilts I have made.

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    I tend to agree, there's quilts and there's quilted art. To me quilts are: doll, baby, crib, twin, full, queen, king and California king. Couch throws, maybe. But if it's small and hangs on a wall it's art. Not taking anything away from the skill and techniques that are used when making miniatures or wall hangings, it's just to me they're different. Personally I think other than the quilting it's easier to make a bed quilt. The miniatures have to be far too precise.

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    A quilt is, by definition:

    1: a bed coverlet of two layers of cloth filled with padding (as down or batting) held in place by ties or stitched designs
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    2 something that is quilted or resembles a quilt

    Sooooo...a wall hanging is a quilt. It's just a small one.

    Also, I have seen some very intricate mini's that I'm sure take as much or more time than a full size quilt.

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    what really chaps me is for someone to call a quilt a blanket!

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    A small quilted piece can be used as a wallhanging or it can be called a mini-quilt and used as a doll quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    what really chaps me is for someone to call a quilt a blanket!
    Why?

    A blanket is something that covers something -

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    what really chaps me is for someone to call a quilt a blanket!
    I agree!! It is offensive to me when I give someone a quilt and they continue to call it a blanket - even after I explain it is a "quilt"! :(

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    Some people call tied quilts comforters...

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    If it's quilted it's a quilt. If it's not quilted it's not a quilt. Size makes no difference.

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    So if it's pieced and tied, but not quilted, it's still a quilt? But if it's pieced and backed with fleece, with no 3rd layer, whether it's quilted or tied, it's not a quilt? LOL, This is too confusing for me. IMHO, if it's pieced, quilted, tied, has 2, 3 or 4 layers, it's a quilt. If it's one layer and fuzzy, it's a blanket. If it's one layer, fuzzy, narrow and leaves either my shoulders or toes out in the cold, it's a throw. LOL. If it hangs on the wall and I can't afford it, it's art, quilted or otherwise. Gigglesss

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    Wow- I think it's a "you say potato, and I say potahto" kind of thing. I don't make wall hangings or table runners, or minis, just because they are not my thing. I make larger quilts. (and bags, and pillows...) I have alot of respect for the time it takes to make art quilts and minis. That said, I have no interest in making them myself.

    In my world, and historically in my family, tied quilts are also called quilts. I have one my great-grandmother made more than 100 years ago. And my husband's made of feedsacks by his grandmother, 63 years ago.

    I also have no ego with my quilts being called blankets- I give them away hoping that they will be loved and used up- I don't make heirloom quilts, and there is nothing sadder to me than a quilt that stays pristine in a closet instead of being used. I also know that this is just me.

    We are all different. This board allows me to see new and wonderful things that I might consider making, and also that I will never consider making, but enjoy seeing. It's a cause for celebration, not diviseness. So yes, I know what Lavona meant, but I don't think she intended to offend.

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    How about a quilted wallhanging?

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    What about calling it a quilted wallhanging?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavona
    is it just me but it seems to me that a lot of peaple call a wallhanging a quilt but to me a quilt is to be used on a bed and take a lot of work while a wallhanging doesn't take as long and some are only 12 inch square and they are also called a quilt or is a quilt any thing that has quilting on it. i don't mean to offend just wondering
    I have also been wondering about any size being a quilt. I suppose anything quilted is considered a quilt. With all that work, it should be called a quilt anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    what really chaps me is for someone to call a quilt a blanket!
    Amen!

    The inmates are always calling their quilts "blankets." I am constantly correcting them! And they're making them!!! Their job title is "Quilt Tech," not "Blanket Maker."

    I guess because it's something you put over yourself to keep warn, it's a blanket!

    My avatar is a wall hanging that is about 5' square.

    Link to larger pic.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-72553-19.htm

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    Found this definition on dictionary.com:
    –noun
    1. a coverlet for a bed, made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down, between them and stitched in patterns or tufted through all thicknesses in order to prevent the filling from shifting.
    2. anything quilted or resembling a quilt.
    3. a bedspread or counterpane, esp. a thick one.
    4. Obsolete . a mattress.
    –verb (used with object)
    5. to stitch together (two pieces of cloth and a soft interlining), usually in an ornamental pattern.
    6. to sew up between pieces of material.
    7. to pad or line with material.
    –verb (used without object)
    8. to make quilts or quilted work.

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    I refer you to work done by "Borntohandquilt" here on the board.
    How could her wallhangings NOT be called quilts!

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    That's what I hate the most.

    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    what really chaps me is for someone to call a quilt a blanket!

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    All quilts can be wall hangings, but not all wall hangings can be quilts.

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    If you call it a quilt, I'll call it a quilt. I'm not going to argue with someone over what they are making.

    My first instinct is to say that if it includes a sandwich of top, batting, and backing, it is a quilt. But then what about warm-weather quilts which may have no batting?

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