Dating old quilts

dating old quilts

How can you tell how old a quilt is?

Its tough to accurately date a quilt unless youre an antiques appraiser, but by looking for a few clues, you can deduce its general age. Vintage quilts were made from the 1930s to 1965, while quilts deemed antique date back to 100 years ago or more.

How do you date a quilt?

Dating quilts with accuracy includes examination of many parts of the quilts, but the process starts with one aspect and goes from there. For me, the style is usually the first place I start.

What is it about antique quilts?

Their quilts speak to them and tell their story through clues in the style, fabric, pattern, quilt stitches and sometimes stitched or inked words, names, cities or dates. The first time I went to an all antique quilt auction was in Southern California.

How were quilts made in the 17th century?

Patterns in Quilts Antique American quilts of the 17th century were often made by poor Colonists who couldnt afford to make detailed patchwork designs. Instead, they made quilts out of one or two sheets of the same fabric. Patchwork-style quilts first became common in the 18th century and after the American Revolutionary War.

How can you tell the age of a vintage quilt?

Nile green, a type of pale green, was common on vintage quilts in the 1930s through 1940s. The color was often paired with cream, white or dark green. A quilts weaving pattern, or the way it was sewn, is a clue to age; plain weave is the most common type. With this weave, warp and filler threads pass over one another in alternating rows.

What is antique quilting show and tell?

Show and tell of antique quilts is what they do. They identify blocks and patterns...its a real education. One of the things that comes up more frequently (than I would have suspected), is that someone will think they have a family heirloom, only to find that Grandma bought the quilt from a catalog.

How can you tell if a quilt has been made?

If the stitches appear a bit unevenly spaced or different in size, the quilt was likely handmade. If the stitches are precisely uniform in size and spacing, the quilt was probably machine-stitched. Many antique quilts were made in odd sizes that dont fit modern beds.

What is the difference between vintage and antique quilts?

Vintage quilts were made from the 1930s to 1965, while quilts deemed antique date back to 100 years ago or more. A quilt made in the 1920s or earlier is also considered antique.

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