June, 2016

Quilts For Any Season

June 29th, 2016 country quilts

Part of the Piper Classics Series on Country Quilts

When we think of quilts, we often think of autumn or winter: a quilt draped over our laps at a football game, or keeping us warm on an icy January night.

But quilts can really work in any season. A change in color, fabric or style can make them a part of your country décor all year round.

There’s a practical reason to use quilts year-round: In most climates, it gets chilly pretty much any time of year, especially when the sun goes down. Rather than digging out thick blankets or heavy comforters you use during the winter, you can reach for a quilt on a cool September night. Continue Reading

Quilts: An American Art Form

Part of the Piper Classics Series on Country Quilts

When people use the phrase “a uniquely American art form,” they’re usually talking about jazz.

We’ve also seen the term applied to baseball, to hip-hop and to comic books. Today we’d like to add another member to the list of American art forms: quilts.

While the practice of quilt-making began in Europe, it was America that turned quilting from a craft to an art. Like the country quilts in your home, these items can serve a purpose – keeping people warm, decorating a room – while also telling a story. Continue Reading

Quilts: Woven Into Our History

June 18th, 2016 country quilts

Part of the Piper Classics Series on Country Quilts

Quilting has been around since the days of the Pharaohs.

Archeologists exploring Egypt once uncovered a 5,400-year-old figure wearing a quilted garment. But how did we get from the age of King Tut to the warm country quilt draped over your bed?

As people migrated, explored and conquered, they brought the art of quilting with them from place to place. One of those places was America. Quilting has been – forgive the pun – part of the fabric of our country since its earliest days. Continue Reading

Americana, Colonial Decor and the 4th of July

We’ve come to mark the beginning and end of summer using its holidays. Memorial Day and Labor Day are the season’s bookends, with July 4 nestled in between.

What ties these three holidays together? It’s the way we use them to celebrate America and to commemorate those who have sacrificed for the good of all of us.

The weeks between late May and early September give you an outstanding opportunity to use patriotic themes in your country home. Today, Piper Classics would like to offer you a few ways to embrace Americana décor this summer. After all, there are many more options than hanging up a flag. Continue Reading