Moving from Warm and Cozy to Really Hot: Quilts

Another staple of down-home America is back in style. Quilts, now a $144 million industry, have been "modernized" with such new twists as scalloped edges and beading. While Americana designs reign, French, Tibetan and Japanese quilts are popular too. Some things don't change: the best are pricey. --C.B.


Wal-Mart and K Mart are among the stores banking on your nostalgia. Their bedspreads are perfect for college-dorm rooms and start at $30. For about $70 more, Macy's "quilt-in-a-bag" includes matching pillow shams and sheets.


Pottery Barn's 20 full-size quilts start at $200; toddler quilts, at $79. Niche...

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