Patchwork Quilts - Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I get a fabric swatch of one of your quilts?
Just send us an email with your name, mailing address and a list of the quilts you would like to see. We'll take care of the rest. You can also call us at 800-905-9163. If you're not sure which swatches to request, you can just give us a general idea of what you have in mind- specific colors or styles that appeal to you- and we'll take it from there. Our fabric swatches are free.

2. What’s the difference between a quilt and a comforter?
A quilt is thinner and less fluffy than a comforter. The filling in a comforter is generally polyester or down. The filling in a quality quilt is going to be cotton. A quilt will produce comparable warmth without the bulk of a comforter due to the dense cotton filling.

3. Where are your patchwork quilts made?
Most of the Patchwork Quilts on this page are made in India.

4. How heavy are these quilts?
Our king size patchwork quilts run about 8 to 10 pounds. Queen quilts are about 6 to 8 pounds. The thickness is suitable for year-round use. On colder nights you will probably need an extra blanket. Quilts denoted as "light-weight" will have a thinner layer of cotton batting than the others.

5. I’ve found a quilt that I like, but the bedskirt that matches does not come in the size or length I need. Do you have any suggestions?
Yes, most likely we can help you find a bedskirt to fit your bed AND coordinate with your new quilt. Just give us a call or send us an email. We will be happy to provide you with some suggestions. We will need to know the size of your bed and the drop length you need on the bedskirt. To figure the drop length, simply measure the distance from the top of your box-spring to the floor.

6. Are the patchwork quilts really machine washable?
Yes. Each manufacturer will list the specific instructions on the label. In addition to their instructions, we recommend using a front loading washer on the gentle cycle and air drying. Patchwork quilts can be safely laundered many times, but if you prefer weekly washing, you will probably want to go with a wholecloth quilt instead. These would include our Floral, Toile and Matelasse Quilts.

7. How far will the quilt hang down on the sides of my bed?
This is going to depend on the thickness of your mattress. The best way to determine how your quilt will look on the bed is to measure your mattress. First, take a measurement of the sleeping surface of your mattress from side to side. (This will generally be 39” for a twin bed, 54” for a full bed, 60” for a queen bed, 78” for a king bed and 72” for a Cal king. ) Next, measure the thickness of the mattress. Multiply the thickness x 2 and add this number to the side to side measurement. The resulting number will be the minimum width you need to cover your bed. If the size of the quilt is larger than the measurement you have calculated, the excess will be divided equally on either side of the bed.

8. The quilt that I want comes in Cal King size- which is what I need- but I don’t see a matching bedskirt in the Cal King size. Why?
Unfortunately, the manufacturer that makes the Cal King quilts does not offer a Cal King bedskirt to match. However, we do offer several different Cal King bedskirts made by different manufacturers and most likely we can suggest one that will coordinate with the quilt. Our Cal King bedskirts can be found at Cal King Bedskirts. Just call or email us, and we will be glad to give you a few suggestions. Also, many of our customers have used the regular King bedskirts on their Cal King beds without difficulty.

9. I do not see a king size pillow sham available in the quilt I want. Why not?
King shams are not available in all quilt patterns. We’re sorry for this inconvenience. In some cases the manufacturer does not make them, and in some cases the king shams have sold out before the king quilts. We recommend using three standard size shams on a king or Cal king bed if no king shams are available.

10. I have a hard time finding bedding to fit my thick pillow top mattress. Do you have any suggestions?
Yes! Most of our Patchwork Quilts are oversized and fit nicely on larger mattresses. Most of the quilts made by Victorian Heart Company would be a great choice. These can be found at Victorian Heart Quilts

11. I ordered a quilt from you a few months ago and now I don’t see it on the website. Can I still order accessories in this pattern?
Possibly. When a pattern disappears from our website is it usually because the manufacturer has discontinued it. However, accessory pieces may still be available long after the quilts sell out. We’ll be glad to check on this for you. Just give us a call.

12. How long will a particular bedding pattern be available?
This is very difficult to predict. Bedding manufacturers premiere new styles seasonally and many of the older styles will be retired around the same time. Sometimes, a quilt will only be available for a year or two and then disappear from the line-up. We are seeing a trend toward shorter and shorter life spans, so we recommend purchasing all of the pieces you need at the same time.

13. Can I order a quilt made in a custom size?
Unfortunately we are not able to provide quilts in custom sizes. The quilts are ready-made in standard sizes only.

14. What exactly does it mean when an item is listed as being out of stock?
We mark an item as being out of stock if we do not have it on hand and it is not readily available from the manufacturer. If it is still pictured on our website, we do expect it to be available again in the future. If we have a firm date to expect the item to be available, we will list this date it in the item description. Please feel free to contact us for more info on the availability of specific items.

15. Do you have any bedding suggestions for daybeds?
Yes! Most patchwork quilts work particularly well for daybeds. Choose a twin quilt and pair it with 3 standard pillow shams or 2 king size shams. Add a Daybed Skirt and a few toss pillows for a coordinated look. You can also use 3 Euro shams for a fuller look.

16. I am confused about the color of an item. The picture and the product description do not seem to match. Which one should I believe?
In this case it is always better to trust the written description. When displayed on a computer screen, color can vary quite a bit from one monitor to another. When we write a product description, we examine the item itself and not the photo in order to give you the best possible description. When in doubt, it is always better to trust the written work over the photo. However, the best option is always a free swatch.

17. I love the look of a patchwork quilt, but I just can't afford to purchase one right now. Do you have any suggestions for me?
You can get that country look for less by using a Woven Coverlet instead of a quilt. Woven coverlets will coordinate with patchwork shams, pillows and other accessories- giving you lots of decorating options for a smaller price tag.

18. I have a cabin with lots of beds. Can you help me decorate?
Yes, we would be glad to help with your decorating project. Just give us a call or shoot us an email with the details (bed sizes, colors you prefer, etc.) and we'll be glad to put together a discounted package for you. We can save you the hassle of coordinating bedding, window treatments, rugs, and other accessories. We can even help you blend new pieces into your existing decor. Skip the decorator and give us a call!