Confession: when Anthropologie’s Jersey Cotton Rosette Quilt blew up on Pinterest in 2011 I was all over it. After weeks of hemming and hawing and a few hours scouring the internet to locate the original source in an attempt to find a better price, I took the plunge and ordered the heather grey Rosette Quilt.
FYI: In that research I did discover that “Lazybones” is the original manufacturer of this quilt. Although there wasn’t a less expensive purchasing option available then, it looks like currently Lazybone’s original rosette quilt that Anthropologie sells can now be purchased on Amazon for $50-$75 less.
REVIEW after 1 Year:
For the 1st year I had nothing but praise for this delicately feminine quilt. I love the depth of color that the heather grey fabric offered and the neutral slightly masculine playfulness of grey in my ultra feminine master bedroom.
Heavier (but not thicker) than most comforters, the rosette quilt has a bit of a heft to it- something I LOVE in a bed quilt. The only issue with the heft of the quilt is that the fabric, jersey cotton knit, is a stretchy weave. Comfortable and forgiving- like a cotton T shirt- most of the time stretch was nice, but occasionally when trying to pull the bedspread into place I’d hear threads popping as the non-stretch stitching was less forgiving than the knit cotton.
The heavier weight of this bedspread also meant that it was great about staying in place and tucked in, without much migration during the night. Personally, I sleep a lot better when under a heavy but not-too-warm cover so this quilt was a great fit for me.
I’ve heard other reviewers indicate the knots can be uncomfortable to lay on top of but this never bothered me. I liked that this knit quilt had a lot of loft in the individual pockets of gathered fabric, but was stitched through the backing so, unlike a down comforter and duvet which always end up eventually unevenly stuffed, this bedspread always laid with evenly distributed loft.
Fabric Feel & Quality:
The Jersey cotton is super soft and made of a thick high quality material. In my experience Anthropologie is hit or miss in term of quality. While some high end stores I trust to always have a quality product that matches the pricetag, Anthropologie is not one of them. This rosette quilt, however, is one purchase where I felt like I got my money’s worth. I LOVED the look and the jersey cotton fabric has a true 100% cotton ultra-soft feel. The knit is thick and durable- not like a cheap knit cotton T-shirt, but more like a high end set of knit cotton sheets.
Cleaning the Rosette Quilt:
Cleaning this quilt was the WORST part of owning it. Knowing jersey cotton’s tendency to pill when washed and mindful of the chunk of change I dropped for it, I was really careful with this quilt- always using a top sheet and, if I was to lay on the bed or even set something on my bed that might be less than clean (i.e. suitcase, backpack, etc) being sure that I laid down a sheet or towel over the rosette quilt first.
I had a standard washing machine and dryer at this time and my quilt (full/queen size)was just a bit too large for either one. It fit, but I didn’t feel like it was washed well or that it tumbled freely. After the first wash at home, I fluffed for a few minutes in my too-small dryer and then put out on a clothesline (hung with heavy duty spring clamps with rubber tips, and protected from clothesline grime with a paper towel over the line).
After the first wash, some minor pilling appeared which was irritating given the price, but not a deal breaker, as I continued to use for several years more years.
REVIEW after 5 years:
This rosette quilt was one of the few (read: about 4%) of my possessions I packed up to take to Seattle when I moved in 2016, but now 5 years old and through several washes, this quilt was showing it’s wear. Ultimately I decided, as part of my fresh start in Seattle, that I wanted a completely new color palette for my new apartment and new vocation, so put the rosette quilt into storage to resell next time I feel like eBay-ing.
Issues after 5 years (3-3.5ish years in daily use): This quilt held up impressively well, actually. After 5 years there are no hems coming undone or any fraying. 2 or 3 of the rosettes have loosened, with some of their inner connective stitching showing if you look close, but none of the twisted rosettes have come ungathered (and though I described popping stitching once in awhile when trying to tug at the stretchy fabric, there are no obvious areas showing loose stitching)
The pilling is the worst cosmetic issue after a few years of use. After 3-4 washes (after the first wash I began taking it to a laundromat to use a high capacity washer and then line drying at home) the pilling started to become noticeable without having to look particularly close, and that bothered me. If I purchased this quilt new again I think I would be very intentional about hanging it out on the clothesline more often on warm sunny days so I could justify washing it less, and potentially take it to a eco-friendly dry cleaner instead of washing.)