Rated 5 out of 5
┬áby citycountrygirl I have been drooling over both the Alvarez and Pilar quilts for months, but went with this one because it suited both me (the wildlife illustrator) and my husband (the ornithology buff). As a previous reviewer mentioned, this is more comforter-like than quilt-like--that said, it's so soft and delicate that I prefer it to my more traditional, machine-stitched quilts. Keep in mind, though, that since it is handmade the stitches are not perfect (see photo). For me, that adds to its charm and isn't necessarily a quality issue.
I went with the Euro shams because they feature the Avocet and they play up the grey/mustard tones rather than the bright coral. One of my favorite features is the grey trim--it gives the quilt and shams a polished look. It's lightweight but substantial at the same time. I live in New England where we tend to go from cold weather right into humidity and so far it's been a good weight. It's not as gauzy as I feared it would be, but I'm a bit concerned that my cats might like it too much, so I'll have to use an extra blanket or keep them off the bed (yeah, right).
Bottom line: this set feels like the softest cotton sheets layered over clouds and I'm so glad I bought it. Though it's still a tad pricey with the sale, the unique design and quality of the materials make me feel it was a great purchase.
July 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5┬áby CRJo Very Soft and Beautiful
I went to the store today to see this comforter because I was having trouble figuring out what the colors were like. They are very light, like they appear first picture, rather than how they look against the bamboo in a later picture (much more vibrant/darker). The coral color is almost neon.
The comforter is very soft and feels almost gauzy. Its also thinner than I expected. I think if I lived somewhere with a cool climate I would want something thicker.
April 18, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5┬áby beforesunrise not really a quilt
I really like the look of this comforter. That being said, it's really NOT a quilt--in the sense that I think of a quilt, anyway. It's not multiple pieces of fabric patched together; it's one piece with random hand-sewn-looking stitches pinching it in in various places. The stitches are not very well done; they're awkwardly spaces and aren't right at the edges of the print they seem to be trying to outline. But the colors are nice and I really love that it's double sided for more options. Just wish the stitching was better; it's not like this product is inexpensive...
April 7, 2013