In Search of the Perfect Quilt

February 6, 2014

When it comes to bedding (especially in the master where you sleep each night) you have to love your bedding, really love it, the look and the feel. It’s like picking an outfit you will wear over and over, it has to look good and feel great day after day, night after night.

We’ve enjoyed the same set of bedding for almost three years, neutral and lovely, but we’re ready for a change. We used to sleep with the flat sheet + quilt + duvet on top for extra warmth setup but I found switching them works better. Now I prefer the feeling of a flat sheet + duvet with down comforter next to skin and a quilt layer on top for pattern and warmth.

So, I’m on the hunt for a new patterned quilt to layer on top of a plain white duvet, stylish, elegant, and somewhat similar to these looks below. 

duvet and quilt

 

blue and green bedding bhg

 

I’m crushing on this Varkala quilt by Pine Cone Hill with a geometric pattern on top and a different motif on the reverse, a splurge for sure but I can’t get it out of my mind, it’s definitely a top contender.

Varkala quilt

 

The Ava block print quilts at Ballard Designs are fresh – they caught my eye in the recent catalogue and I have a code for 20% off, tempting!

block print ballard designs

If you spy anything similar in a block print or geometric motif, send me the link! I’m sticking with pale blue or green or gray colorway.

And if any of you are on the hunt for a cozy bedroom blanket, this Berkshire blanket is my favorite. I bought it last fall and now I carry it around the house with me like Linus. I must have it near me at all times in winter, it’s lightweight but so so soft and I can’t live without it, especially on a rainy day like today. Yay, it’s raining in California!   berkshire blanket

 

bedroom images via better homes & gardens 1 / 2

 

Stay warm everyone!

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60 Responses to “In Search of the Perfect Quilt”

  1. Christy says:

    Kate – I’ve also been in the market for new bedding for a while now and once I saw your topic for today I thought, “Great! Maybe she’ll have some links to bedding companies I haven’t considered yet.” (you’ve led me to some amazing sites that I never would have found otherwise) And then the very next photo is my own current crush, the Varkala sky quilt that I’ve been contemplating. It’s so lovely! I want you to buy it for your own room and then post pictures so I can see how it looks in real life, okay? :)

  2. Emily says:

    I’ve recently noticed the Home Goods near us has had some beautiful quilts…and inexpensive! I’m not sure if you have one near you – I’m in FRIGID Minneapolis – just a thought!

  3. Gabby says:

    So funny! We do the opposite, mostly because our quilt was heavier than our duvet, so it kept dragging the duvet and itself down to the foot of the bed (and to the floor!). Maybe it’s a combo of a heavy quilt and slipper duvet. ^_^

  4. Karin says:

    I have had my eye on two from Pottery Barn. One is not available until March and I don’t think I can take that much delayed gratification. I have also seen some nice quilts at Homegoods, I think they were Ralph Lauren.

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/samantha-damask-organic-cotton-duvet-cover-sham-blue/?pkey=cduvet-covers-shams&cm_src=duvet-covers-shams||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/lucianna-medallion-duvet-cover-sham-blue/?cm_src=PIPRecentView

  5. Stephanie says:

    I have loved a silk quilt from Garnet Hill for years and years and watched it increase in price from ridiculous to more ridiculous. It’s also a ridiculous choice for us, since our dogs sleep on our bed, so we’d have to remove it at night or cover it. However, in an attempt to find a compromise, I’ve spent at least the amount the quilt cost, and probably more, on quilts and duvet covers that I like but don’t love. Lesson learned: if something you crave is pricey, budget for it and buy it instead of trying to satisfy yourselve with substitutes.

  6. Elise says:

    I’m also in LOVE with the Varkala quilt pattern from Pine Cone Hill. Hopefully, you’re aware that Pine Cone Hill has an outlet? You can definitely shop the outlet online, but the store in-person is typically MUCH better. I have quite a bit of PCH fabric in our home thanks to the outlet store at the factory in Massachusetts. You just never know what you’ll find there. We’re struggling to stay warm here in snowy New England, so I might head out to PCH and tease myself with visions of warm quilts and rugs.

  7. Kristin says:

    The first picture has a quilt from Target! We have this in one of the bedrooms at our cottage and get so many compliments on it.

  8. KATHYSUE says:

    I am a plain white gal, I have had matlasse and Hotel bedding for years. I never tire of it. I know most people change out their bedding every few years, but I keep mine for ever or until it gets a hole in it. I love the pine cone hill image the best. Have your looked at Serena and Lily, I love the way they combine classic patterns and colors. Good luck, Kate! YES we have rain and I am loving it too!!
    Kathysue

  9. ErinY says:

    I’m a weirdo and can’t stand sleeping with a top sheet so we just skip that and use the duvet and a quilt. My quilts are all hand made by my great-grandma and although they’re a bit more country in style than I would normally pick, they make me so happy every time I see them and always make me think of her :)

  10. Bernie says:

    As a quilter of over 30 years, what you are picturing are not really “quilts”…they are quilted fabric. Technically they fit the definition, (a sandwich of top fabric,batting, and bottom fabric)but quilts, whether traditional or contemporary, pieced or appliqued are SO much more than this. Having said that, I have a store bought pice of quilted fabric on my own bed! (I make Art Quilts to hang on a wall)

  11. Celina says:

    I can only sleep with sheet and down comforter, especially in the summer in South Louisiana. However, when my bed is made, I make it with quilt first then fold comforter at the bottom of the bed. It just doesn’t look right the other way. Next time, I’ll put more thought into the bedding! Good luck! My bedding is from Pottery Barn and so far, I love it! I’m a bit of a neutral nut though.

  12. Kersten says:

    Check out crate and barrel they have a blue and green ikat quilt, and it’s on sale right now.
    http://m.crateandbarrel.com/bed-and-bath/quilts-coverlets/ikat-aqua-bed-linens/f55027

  13. Kersten says:

    Check out crate and barrel they have a blue and green ikat quilt, and it’s on sale right now.
    http://m.crateandbarrel.com/bed-and-bath/quilts-coverlets/ikat-aqua-bed-linens/f55027

  14. robin says:

    We have the comforter under the quilt and love it that way. The ballards is my fave but my hubby would feel like it is too feminine (he is funny that way). I saw that in the new magazine also. Gorgeous! We have a soft turquoise quilt (solid) with quilted straight lines and I have lots of fun with pillows.

  15. Kelsey says:

    Bedding is also a great chance to put out own personal design touch on a room if you have the DIY bug. I keep a Pinboard of inspirational quilts and quilt blocks and make my own quilts to go on our beds, so I can make just what I want: http://www.pinterest.com/kelseyprantis/quilts-quilt-blocks/ There are all sorts of free tutorials on the internet on how to make your own. I particularly love this one: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/65091157087618641/

    One has to be warned though its just as expensive as buying a industrially manufactured quilt – it’s more for the creative expression and getting just what you envision. :)

  16. Qui says:

    Kate, you sew well enough, why don’t you make the perfect quilt?? You could design your own fabric too. and if you aren’t up for the actual quilting part, it’s not that expensive to have it professionally quilted. Just a thought! :)

  17. CentsationalGirl says:

    I’ve been thinking about that too Qui! Yep, it would take a lot of yardage so that runs up the expense but yes I’ve definitely considered it, still am :)

  18. CentsationalGirl says:

    Wow Kersten that is REALLY pretty, great price too, thank you so much!

  19. CentsationalGirl says:

    I agree with you Celina, sometimes even just a sheet in the hottest summer months, right? All that bedding makes me too hot in summer but in winter, oh so cozy!

  20. CentsationalGirl says:

    Yep, technically correct Bernie, I’m sure yours are gorgeous, thanks!

  21. CentsationalGirl says:

    So much inspiration Kelsey, thank you for sharing! I wish for/want to have the patience and skill to create that kind of beauty someday!
    Kate

  22. Tamara says:

    Kate, Do you have a Homegooods??? I found one for my master bedroom there that I love for only $40. Check it out on my home tour http://providenthomedesign.com/home-tour/. My daughter’s quilt in the home tour is from Homegoods too, also $40. Here’s a kind of similar one at target that paired with white bedding has potential http://www.target.com/p/threshold-nouveau-damask-quilt-moss/-/A-14114854#prodSlot=medium_1_49&term=quilt. I has a cheerful presence. If I see anything else ill let you know!:-)

  23. SusanP says:

    Overstock.com has many choices in quilts. I prefer brighter colours in my room and purchased the blue version of the ZigZag quilt from Overstock (no longer available). http://www.pinterest.com/pin/494410865312039059/
    The quality is fantastic – I’ve had it for two years.

    You might like this coverlet set
    http://www.overstock.com/Bedding-Bath/Madison-Park-Chantel-5-piece-Coverlet-Set/8388258/product.html?refccid=2PYCEPCYVGMLDHKAMNZDGVQ4SY&searchidx=388
    Or this one:
    http://www.overstock.com/Bedding-Bath/Madison-Park-Bali-6-piece-Coverlet-Set/7827994/product.html?rcmndsrc=2

  24. Sharon says:

    First-time commenter here. I just had to say that I loooove your current bedding! I pinned your bedroom some time back and I still drool (I know, yuck) over the RH coverlet and the Poetical duvet. Your entire bedroom is perfection!

  25. CentsationalGirl says:

    Thank you so much Susan, those are lovely selections!

  26. CentsationalGirl says:

    Yep, it’s a tough call between mates Nathan, I know my mister would never go for anything floral or too girly but he does indulge me in the paler palette :)

  27. CentsationalGirl says:

    Your home is so pretty Tamara, I do love the delicate pattern on that quilt, thank you so much for the suggestion!
    Kate

  28. Allison A. says:

    The Varkala quilt is beautiful and peaceful and looks very you Kate. I’m also drawn to the quilt in the first image. It has a sunny and happy feel to it. So many lovely choices. Thanks for sharing the tip on the Berkshire blanket. We are in the market for a new blanket. Being so so soft and lightweight is a winner for me. Yay on the rain!! It is wonderful!

  29. Dee says:

    Kate , I’m not sure if these are something you like , but http://www.saffronmarigold.com/catalog/directory.php?cPath=21_36 has great block print selections , I think lavender dreams and vanilla glacé are closer to suiting your style …

  30. Hi Kate, I love block printed bedding too! Take a look at Kalyana Textiles (http://www.kalyanatextiles.com) – they have beautiful block printed bedding at reasonable prices!

  31. Lori says:

    I just saw this one yesterday on the Ballard blog. I’m normally not a gray person, but I thought this was so beautiful. I especially loved the pom pom underlayer. Can’t wait to see what you do!

    http://www.howtodecorate.com/2014/02/a-guest-bedroom-makeover-in-grays/

  32. Wendy says:

    Kate, why not use one of your lovely fabrics you designed and make your own quilt. It’s a very satisfying feeling.

  33. Debbie Macauley says:

    Hi Kate,
    A friend just left Timberland as a kids shoe designer to start her own business so she can stay home with her kids. She has had great response. I think you will like her look of blankets. http://www.evermoreliving.com
    Her designs are taken from her uncle who a designer in the 50’s and 60’s for wall paper.

  34. Abby J. says:

    Check out Attiser for block printed quilts – http://www.attiser.com/quilts the colors might be a bit brighter than what you’re thinking of but they are really close.

  35. Kim says:

    You may not want to take on a project like making a quilt. But, why not have one custom made? It looks like you want a whole cloth quilt with coordinating fabrics on either side. It would be easy enough to find fabric you LOVE and then take it to someone with a longarm who can turn those two pieces of fabric into a quilt. I’m sure there are a number of quilt shops in your area who either have a longarm in the store, or will know of someone with a longarm. You can give them the freedom to create their own quilting design or choose a design you like. You can also probably choose what kind of batting you want them to use (and there are many to choose from now).

  36. sandyc says:

    I looked forever for a paisley quilt in the right colors to replace one I’d had for years and finally found it at http://www.bedbathstore.com. It’s worth a check. Just went to their site and there are some soft blues one right there. P.S. If you find something you like, my experience was that there was a delay getting my shams, not the stores fault, but they were very responsive and helpful in seeing that I got everything and I would shop with them again. Happy searching and finding.

  37. I have a bedding addiction and end up purchasing new duvets constantly! I really like the Varkala quilt – it’s very pretty and since you stick with them longer then me, it may be worth the splurge!

  38. Lisa says:

    It has to be a homemade one ….not one from China.com. Etsy has some of the most beautiful and of course unique ones.

  39. CentsationalGirl says:

    I agree with you Kim (and others) I have thought about sewing one or having one custom made for months with a print I design (I’ve got dozens of them in my head) but I’m concerned all the yardage might make it cost prohibitive, for a King size I imagine I’d need 8 or 9 yards of cotton of one print just for the top and I thought about using a flat sheet for the bottom. The cottons on Spoonflower are more expensive at $17 a yard so that makes it pricey and there is the time factor – I’m an amateur at quilting – still considering it though!
    Kate

  40. CentsationalGirl says:

    Thanks for the introduction Debbie, I adore retro geometric prints, thinking those blankets would dress up any sofa perfectly!
    Kate

  41. CentsationalGirl says:

    Wow Kris, those are really beautiful, hard to choose a favorite!
    Kate

  42. Kate, if you’ve ever thought of making a trip East, it might be worth it to check out the quilts made in Ohio and PA’s Amish country. There are also websites that include custom designs such as http://www.amishquilter.com They are expensive, but they are beautifully made and will last a lifetime. Just wanted to throw out a different idea.

    Thanks!

  43. You can’t go wrong with a 20% off coupon! I think the Ava block print one is the way to go. You have a coupon, and yet it is the one I like the best:)

    Best of luck!
    Victoria

  44. Jen in NM says:

    Kate, The Company Store has a large selection.

  45. Teresa says:

    After reading this post and comments, I am having bedding vernacular confusion! What ever happened to the term ‘bedspread’? Isn’t what everyone who is talking about coverlets and quilts (not really quilts, but quilted fabric) really talking about a bedspread, which typically goes on top? At heart, I’m a comforter girl, but because my dog like to camp with me I’ve opted for the coverlet because that’s what my washing machine can handle. I’m not a fan of the laundromat. I found the coverlet a bit on the light side, so I bought some minky and stitched it to the bottom side. It really adds to the warmth.

  46. deborah sacchi says:

    If you have a home goods near you…check it out. I have always had the best luck there and they are good quality and inexpensive!

  47. Kelly says:

    The first pic you posted, the yellow and Grey one was at Target a few years back. I don’t think they carry it anymore. I love it too!

  48. CentsationalGirl says:

    I’ve always wanted to have one handmade by the Amish quilters Michelle, definitely on my decorating bucket list!
    Kate

  49. CentsationalGirl says:

    Gorgeous Tamara, thank you!

  50. Julie says:

    This might be a bit brighter than what you are looking for but it is definitely in your color pallet (maybe a bit brighter) http://linensource.blair.com/e/quilts-comforters/quilts/providence-quilt-shams-throw-pillows/pc/512/sc/516/3170.uts?store=5&q2=516~Quilts&count=500&q1=512~Quilts+%26+Comforters&q=*&sc=N&x2=c.t2&x1=c.t1

    Good luck in your search.

  51. Katherine says:

    You’re right that you have to really love the bedding you pick. I’m in a sinch at the mo where I need to buy a new bed but don’t want to buy bedding until I’ve done it so I’m making do with bedding I don’t like at all. The yellow and grey combination you’ve chosen there is frikking amazing… *DAYDREAMS*

  52. Alissa says:

    See the reverse side of this World Market quilt ($80): http://www.worldmarket.com/product/kai+quilt.do?&refType=1&from=Search

  53. Ava says:

    I love the light fixture in in the second photo! Any idea where that photo is from?

    As for bedding, I love West Elm quilts & coverlets!

  54. Nichole says:

    What about John Robshaw? I own two of his and the quality and softness is exceptional. I think a bunch of people are knocking him off now, including PB, but I prefer to go with the original. :)

  55. Ashley says:

    We also have a plain white duvet. My fiance and I can’t decide on other bedding, so I’ve been alternating a couple different patterned flannel sheets over the duvet. We did put a grey cotton blanket on our wedding registry though, and I’m crocheting an afghan for our bed as well.

    An afghan is another option. You could check out etsy for handmade options, or online for “commercial” options.

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