FAQs

WHERE IS CALICO & OLD LACE LOCATED?

A small cottage industry working out of my home situated in Floyd, Virginia. Floyd County is in southwest Virginia about 27 miles south of Roanoke, Virginia off Rt 221. Easily found on Google map and handicap accessible, CALICO & OLD LACE invites you to come by the studio to peruse the current quilts being made. Enjoy the beautiful gardens surrounding the house and acres of fresh mountain air.

WHAT IS SEMINOLE PATCHWORK?

This is strips of contrasting fabrics sewn together in a diamond pattern on the bias to create colorful and interesting borders. Based on the designs of the Seminole Indians these strips of colorful patchwork are then applied to garments or sewn onto quilts as borders for a unique effect.

WHAT IS FREE MOTION QUILTING?

This is a machine quilting technique whereby the feed dogs are lowered on the sewing machine (Free Motion) creating a raised effect on the design. This is sewn on whole cloth into either a quilt or garment and can be left solid color or embellished with beads, buttons, old lace, and/or  Seminole Patchwork.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THE TERM “HANDMADE QUILT”?

The term “handmade quilt” conjure up many ideas coined around the original meaning -hand pieced and hand quilted. CALICO & OLD LACE combines hand piecing with conventional machine quilting creating durable quilts and garments. The quilts are made with special care and are often one of a kind.  The patchwork is hand cut, hand pieced and machine sewn with sturdy seams.

The quilting is machine sewn and each piece is hand finished.

The quilts are not mass produced. They are individually created and vary in time for completion and price depending on the materials and work involved.

HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR THE QUILT OR GARMENT?

The quilts are made of 100% cotton fabric and polyester or cotton batting.  Reasonably laundered in mild detergent in the washing machine and line dried, the quilt should last for many years.

The garments re sewn in 100% cotton fabrics and polyester Thermore batting.  Special fabrics such as silk and velvet are sometimes sewn into garments and require dry cleaning as special care.  Most garments made of cotton can easily be laundered with mild detergent and tumble dried on low heat in your dryer.  All fabrics are pre-washed, shrink proof, and colorfast.

HOW DO I HANG A WALL QUILT?

To hang a wall quilt, you want to choose a brightly lit location, not in direct sunlight and preferably in a place where it can be seen at a distance or up close.  The wall should compliment the quilt by contrasting shade and/or color with the wall quilt.  Quilts should also be hung away from heat and air conditioning ducts.

Wall quilts are generally hung using decorative rods. The rods can be seen with decorative finials at the ends or they may be hidden behind the quilt leaving only the quilt visible.  This is a personal choice based on your home décor and personal comfort.

Hang rods are purchased at any store that sells drapery hardware or ‘café rods’.  These are adjustable metal rods with various finishes and priced from $10.00-$30.00 depending on their quality.  Wooden drapery poles can be used which are also available in different finishes with decorative finials on the ends.  The decorative rods come with mounting hardware.  Dowel rods can also be used, available at hardware stores or art supply stores.  Many wall quilts have a sewn sleeve on the back of the quilt or tabs on the top of the quilt used to support the hanging rod.