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Difference between a quilt and a coverlet?

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Does anyone know the difference? I see both advertised and don't know which to buy for summer. I have a quilt but am not sure about the coverlet item.

Thanks!

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ceekay1302615726.2671423 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

I think a coverlet is a thinner version (more lightweight) of a quilt. I would use a coverlet in spring/summer.

imaclothes­hog1302740978.37721448 PostsRegistered 2/12/2006

I don't think there is much difference in weight.

A traditional quilt is pieces of fabric, sewn together and then sewn to a backing, with some batting in between the two.

A coverlet is just one piece of fabric, a little thicker than a blanket, just embroidered or with appliques stitched on the top.

I think they are both nice, and like both.

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Luv2Decora­te1302742828.826252 PostsRegistered 5/2/2008Floating on Lake Michigan

I have a few coverlets and they are similar to a thick bedspread that is shorter all the way around. I love them. They are close to the size of a quilt but that ends the similarity.

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Missey11302743714.8033174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA
On 4/12/2011 ceekay said:

I think a coverlet is a thinner version (more lightweight) of a quilt. I would use a coverlet in spring/summer.

Yes, good description. This is what I use during the summer.

Sooner1302744112.83314557 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

That's right--a quilt is material that has a layer of batting and a backing and is quilted--so that it is stitched on the top to sew all three layers together and it is puffy in the areas around the stitching. It has nothing to do with the size or shape, but it is about the quilting--or sewing together of the layers. A quilt can be pieced, solid, or appliqued or otherwise decorated, or not. Quilts were originally more like blankets and considered a covering for warmth rather than a bedspread type of cover.

A coverlet can be quilted but doesn't have to be and to me the name implies that it was made as a shorter bedspread. So that makes it more size related.

BaileyBop1302744905.8332530 PostsRegistered 2/20/2008

I just received my coverlet from QVC today and it is the same thickness as my quilt. I believe the difference between the 2 is a quilt is many pieces of fabric sewn together to make a design then put on top of batting with a backing on the back, then sewn together. A coverlet is two pieces of material with batting sandwiched inbetween. My coverlet is a queen size and fits over the bed and covers the top mattress. It also came with 2 pillow shams which is a plus as lots of time quilts and/or coverlets don't always come with these.

shoregirl1302872639.61101 PostsRegistered 3/8/2006

Thanks everyone. I think I will look for a cute coverlet--need to update the bedroom.

Idacat1303133365.7834707 PostsRegistered 7/26/2005Idaho !!!!
On 4/13/2011 Sooner said:

A coverlet can be quilted but doesn't have to be and to me the name implies that it was made as a shorter bedspread. So that makes it more size related.

This is correct. It has nothing to do with piecing,,,,,,quilts don't have to be pieced, just quilted through both fabric layers and the batting.

But, a full/queen quilt (or comforter) is 90 by 86 in (length by width) and a full/queen coverlet is 90 by 90 giving two extra inches in length per side.

I have a queen size sleigh bed and prefer NOT to use a bedskirt, love coverlets because the F/Q quilt size barely covers the box spring on the sides but a coverlet is perfect.

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