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Important Terms to Know About Quilts
Quilts are fabrics and textiles that have been sewn together in a decorative pattern. Quilting involves sewing pieces of fabric together to create a heavy, patterned blanket. From frames and batting to hoops and needles, there are many supplies and materials needed to perform quilting, which takes patience and dedication. The following are some important terms to know about quilting.

Batik: A traditional cloth utilizing a wax-resist dyeing technique, typically found in regions of Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia Sri Lank, Senegal and Singapore.

Baste: To temporarily stitch or pin layers of a quilt.

Batting: A layer of cotton, polyester or wool insulation found between a top layer of patchwork and a bottom layer of backing material on a quilt.

Duvet: From the French word duvet meaning down, this type of bedding is filled with material like down or feathers, then sealed with a removable cover.

Loft: Refers to the thickness of batting.

Quilt Block Setting: The way in which a quilter arranges her blocks. Typically, a quilter uses straight and diagonal settings. Straight settings involve placing blocks in horizontal and vertical rows, while diagonal settings involve blocks that are placed at their points, in the form of triangles.

Selvage: Edges of fabric that are woven tightly, running parallel to the lengthwise grain.

Walking Foot: Used in the quilting process, this is a presser foot on a sewing machine that feeds all three layers through the machine at a consistent rate to avoid shifting.

Strip Piecing: The act of sewing long strips of fabric together, then cutting small pieces from it.

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Cambridge Quilt Shop Write review for this local business
95 Blanchard Rd, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-3279  
Rosscommon Quilts Write review for this local business
15 Fairfax St, Dorchester Center, MA 02124
(617) 436-5848  
Mary Roses Quilts & Treasures Write review for this local business
10 Brande Ct, Reading, MA 01867
(781) 942-9497  
Marketplace Quilts Write review for this local business
250 Canal St, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 740-3890  
Sew Together Write review for this local business
2297 Main St, Tewksbury, MA 01876
(978) 203-0291  
Candlelite Quilts Write review for this local business
24 Central Sq, Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Perry Farm Patchworks Write review for this local business
196 Perry Hill Rd, Acushnet, MA 02743
(508) 995-1555  
Quilted Dreams Write review for this local business
5 Exchange St, Cranston, RI 02920
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Country Heritage Tours Write review for this local business
360 Rte 101, Bedford, NH 03110
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L A Quilts Inc Write review for this local business
5 Division St Ste 40, East Greenwich, RI 02818
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Rocky Mountain Antique Quilts & Restoration Write review for this local business
130 York St, York, ME 03909
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Goodwin Betsy Write review for this local business
130 York St, York, ME 03909
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Seaspun Quilts Write review for this local business
891 Main St, Osterville, MA 02655
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Meeting House Quilt Stop Write review for this local business
83 Main St, Wales, MA 01081
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In Stitches Quilting & Needlework Studio Write review for this local business
2 Phenix Ave, Concord, NH 03301
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114 Granite St Ste 5, Westerly, RI 02891
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Four Pines Quilting Write review for this local business
38 Summer St, Claremont, NH 03743
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68 Main St, Deep River, CT 06417
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The quilting industry can be divided into a few categories including the shops that sell quilts, the mass produced quilts, and those who produce handmade quilts for their own purposes, either for art, sale, decorative use or as a gift.

Stores that sell quilts may either sell handmade ones, or mass produced quilts. This can include anything from clothing, to bedspread sets, comforters, duvets and baby blankets. The quilted material is sold in several different types of patterns, fabrics and styles. In these stores, they often sell bot antique-style color blocking, and more modern pattern styles where the different fabrics are woven together. Additionally, these shops should carry the material required to make your own quilt, bedspread or baby blanket. This includes everything from basic starter kits that contain patterns, thread and yarn, to decorative sets containing not just batting, but material choices like cotton and wool, ribbons, and other materials.

There are large factory companies that compile both of these sets, and create their own quilts to be sold in stores. These come in patchwork styles, or other simple patterns that have mass market appeal. Here, large portions of fabric are cut, then sewn together by machines. These factories are useful in creating wraps, clothing, bed sheets, and more. The finished quilts are then shipped to stores, where the consumer can buy them.

Finally, we have the true practitioners of the craft. These are the individuals that still use quilting to preserve family history, create an artistic piece of art, or simply make a living off of their handmade products. These weavers and sewers have preserved quilting at its best creating unique, inspired pieces that may lack mass market appeal, but are firmly within the tradition.