"Everyone needs protective covers for the bed," a 1941 newspaper article relayed. "The protective covers needed for a bed are spring-covers, mattress covers and mattress pad, pillow protection and quilt protection." Of course these are basic necessities that we include in our bedrooms. Until you wonder...wait...quilt protection?
We now call them "chin guards" or "whisker guards" but old newspapers and booklets suggest that they were always referred to as "quilt protectors". So what is this thing?
A few weeks ago, I shared a photo of a 16 patch quilt from the turn of the century:
A quilt protector from my collection. The fold is at the top and the bottom is edged with embroidery: