Many antique quilt collectors think of themselves as caretakers of historical documents, made at the hands of the needlework sisterhood before them. 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. One of those large Mid-western quilt dealer auction houses was holding an auction at a nearby hotel and I was very excited to go. I got there early and looked through their quilts as one is supposed to do, but I was rather new to quilt dating. With paddle in hand, I was ready. I believed every word the auctioneer said, big mistake. It was the most I had ever paid for something so small. Excitedly I bid on another, a large early 20th century quilt so they said , that from a distance was visually dynamic, colorful and in great shape.
18th & 19th Century Quilts
August 30, Favorited Add to Favorites Sometime during the late s, fabric bags began to be used for the transport of grains and other staples in the United States. It was easier to transport these products in fabric rather than in wood and metal grain storage containers. Early bags were made with white cotton and often bore a mill logo. Soon, those bags were manufactured using popular dress prints. Medium florals, large florals, polka dots, stripes, plaids, solids and toile designs were manufactured.
This textile is usually only found in historic books, museums or antique homes that one would tour This extraordinary and rare Candlewick Spread is almost years old. Because of the age, one can understand why there are so few of these in existence. Created with cotton thread on a very fine linen fabric; the handwork is breathtakingly beautiful. The body of the spread is in perfect condition.
The fishnet edging needs some restoration, which we can do. At this point I have only hand washed it.
Shelly Zegart Quilts, Etc.
The Antiques connecting our past with our daily life in the most beautiful way. Stay in touch with your roots, with your tradition and meet another cultures and learn more about them. Friday, November 11, How to date a quilt One important part of appraising a quilt or any textile is accurate dating.
Dated coverlets in the collection range from to Coverlets are woven bedcovers, used as the topmost covering on a bed. The weaver worked on a loom to construct the textile itself one row at a time, and the pattern was woven in as part of the process. In comparison, quilts are often made by cutting and assembling pattern pieces, then sewing them to a backing with a filler material in between — much like a sandwich.
A quilt is generally assembled from pre-existing cloth. A coverlet is made from scratch. Woven coverlets were popular in many states during the early-to-mid nineteenth century s. Coverlets were woven by both men and women. The two main types are called geometric and figured and fancy.
History of quilting
The seven hundred or so inhabitants of this small, rural community are mostly descendants of slaves, and for generations they worked the fields belonging to the local Pettway plantation. Quiltmakers there have produced countless patchwork masterpieces beginning as far back as the mid-nineteenth century, with the oldest existing examples dating from the s.
Enlivened by a visual imagination that extends the expressive boundaries of the quilt genre, these astounding creations constitute a crucial chapter in the history of African American art. They represent only a part of the rich body of African American quilts.
The earliest known quilted garment is depicted on the carved ivory figure of a Pharaoh dating from the ancient Egyptian First Dynasty c. In Europe, quilting has been part of the needlework tradition from about the fifth century, with early objects containing Egyptian cotton, which may indicate that Egyptian and Mediterranean trade provided a conduit for the technique.
However, quilted objects were relatively rare in Europe until approximately the twelfth century, when quilted bedding and other items appeared after the return of the Crusaders from the Middle East. The medieval quilted gambeson, aketon and arming doublet  were garments worn under or instead of armor of maille or plate armor. These developed into the later quilted doublet worn as part of fashionable European male clothing from the fourteenth to seventeenth century.
The earliest known surviving European bed quilt is from late-fourteenth-century Sicily: The blocks across the center are scenes from the legend of Tristan.
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Tips on Storing and Caring for Your Quilt Have you ever wondered whether or not your should wash your Great Grandmother’s silk and velvet quilt? Does that antique quilt you’ve stored in the attic worry you? Have you ever wanted to display your quilt on the wall in your living room? Caring for and displaying old textiles can be difficult and expensive, but following a few simple rules and guidelines can add years to the lives of your antique textiles. Here are a few of the practices which can help: Handling Your Quilt 1.
Wash hands frequently or wear cotton gloves. Remove sharp jewelry and tie back long hair before handling textiles. Do not smoke, eat or drink around textiles. Use only pencils for taking notes or for sketching quilts. Do not place any objects such as tools, light fixtures, books and other personal items on quilts or quilt storage units. Keep quilts on clean, dry surfaces. Do not place textiles directly on, in or next to cardboard, unsealed wood or non-rag acidic paper.
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Blooming In Chintz: Copying Antique Quilts
A Dating Clue Mid th century quilt from an online auction. I’ve been doing posts about borders and how the changes in style can help in dating antique quilts. What seems to be important in dating is the elaborateness of the border.
August 12, In this year, sewing machines were first marketed, and while not in every home, by the s they are mentioned in the diaries of many women of the period. They made the production of a families clothing, MUCH easier, and this, coupled with the ability to purchase ready made cloth, allowed the American woman more time, from what had been a pretty utilitarian need for clothing a family, and to allow her to create with an eye toward beauty There is often a similarity in design, from state to state, and it sure would be wonderful to trace one, from place to place – quilter to quilter.
These 4 block appliques continued well into the s, depending on where the quilter lived In , the American public was introduced, though the World Exposition in Philly, to fabrics and designs from all over the world This helped to usher in the next big change in quilts Woman, freed from the need to produce fabric and hand sew clothing, were now able to create these works of art, and decorate them with wonderful embroidery.
Those of fancy fabrics were never utilitarian items, but used for ‘show’, while a country cousin might be made of wool or less showy fabrics
How to Tell if a Quilt Is Vintage or Antique
It is the only national group devoted to researching and documenting the history of American quilts. How can one not want to be part of an organization that “establishes and promotes the highest standards for interdisciplinary quilt-related studies, providing opportunities for study, research, and the publication of works that advance the knowledge of quilts and related subjects.
This stalwart core group started with the “goal to preserve the story of quiltmaking — past, present, and future.
How to Sew New Fabric Onto an Old Quilt Vintage and antique quilts serve as handsome decorating pieces, particularly in older or historical homes. If you’ve found or purchased a quilt, you may want to know when or where it was made. It’s tough to accurately date a quilt unless you’re an antiques appraiser, but by looking for a few clues, you can deduce its general age. Vintage quilts were made from the s to , while quilts deemed antique date back to years ago or more. A quilt made in the s or earlier is also considered antique.
Identify Handmade Quilts Most antique and vintage quilts were made by hand with no help from a sewing machine. Look closely at the stitching throughout the whole quilt. 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 don’t fit modern beds. Handmade quilts, particularly those from the 20th century, sometimes bear an identification tag on the bottom corner.
The cloth tag tells the name and location of the quilter, as well as the date of completion. Quilts made prior to the 20th century might not have a tag.
Rocky Mountain Quilts
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Clues in an Old Quilt Becky writes from Virginia: There is NO history – only that her sister’s Mother-in-law was an antique dealer many years ago. Seeing and touching quilts like these always makes me hold my breath while I try to absorb as much of it as I can. I got my camera for some really quick pictures. Becky’s got a good eye. Several clues made her think this quilt was really old. One clue to a pre quilt is the fringed edge. Fringe is another early edge treatment and one that correlates well with a specific period of time.
Of 20 fringed quilts in the database [of date-inscribed quilts] 19 were dated or earlier, indicating that fringe especially a white fringe knitted, knotted, woven or crocheted is a strong clue to a pre-Civil War quilt. The fabric doesn’t give us much information. The blue print with the white floral sprig could be an indigo print, a dye used over such a long time period that it offers no clues. It may be older and date to about I wish I had more examples of that blue and buff print for comparison.
More about clues in the pattern in the next post.