Dating Fabrics - A Color Guide: 1800-1960
By Kimberly Wulfert fbarics May 2nd, Kimberly Wulfert is a quilt historian and collector whose website, www. Many antique quilt collectors think of themselves as caretakers of historical documents, made at the hands of datong needlework sisterhood before them.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 dating quilt fabrics 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 dating quilt fabrics 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 saidthat from a distance was visually dynamic, colorful and in great shape. I bid on some others, and thankfully lost. I say thankfully because when I took my finds to my quilt study group, they told me what I had actually bought. The early log cabin was a cut down large log-cabin. It showed wear on many of the tiny dating quilt fabrics in the postage stamp variation.
It still is a beauty from a distance, but I would not have paid as much as I did for a s worn quilt. Buyer beware was clearly the truth. 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.
The style of a quilt and its pattern are not the same thing. As always, there are some exceptions to this; when the block pattern name is also the name of the style. For quklt, the Star of Bethlehem, an early 19th century quilt pattern is also called Lone Star, a term which came later in the century and is believed to have started dating quilt fabrics Texas, the Lone Star state. The name difference is regional, but both depict the same pattern and style and the dating quilt fabrics are used interchangeably today.
There is no other quilt style exactly like it. The way it is made changes, but the finished look sating one large star made from rows of diamond shaped pieces covering the quilt top is the same through time. The style of a quilt is the first thing I see when I view a quilt, whether online, in an antique shop or booth, on exhibit or in an auction. My training to become a psychologist taught me the value of deductive reasoning using the decision diagnostic tree.
As I go through the various aspects of the dating quilt fabrics, I weigh each characteristic against the era the style suggests from the start and in dating quilt fabrics way quickly determine the most likely circa date in which the quilt was made. On the internet, I refer to scans of full shots of the front and back and close-ups of the binding, fabrics, and quilting. Of course there is always a disclaimer with any antique viewed on-line, but things can be overlooked in an antique shop as well.
This means that a quilt with signatures and dates in the blocks, may actually have been joined together and quilted a generation later. It is easy to assume otherwise, but take care not to jump to conclusions. Provenance is not always reliable, even when given in good faith, or when written on an old scrap of paper attached to the quilt with a pin. A similar style is referred to as a One-Patch Hexagon and if each fabric piece is made from a different fabric, it would datinb a Charm Quilt.
So names can change for a given style. Collectors tend to focus on a particular characteristic of whatever they collect, but talk to any quilt collector and they will tell you that if a quilt catches their eye and grabs their dating quilt fabrics they will probably adopt it too. These fold-out condensed charts will quickly point you to a good estimate of the fanrics in which your quilt was made and describe the style so you can find it on the chart.
Then you have a name for it and an era! This helps favrics to tell others about it and look it up in books. You can see more quilts by style here www. Daying Civil War commemorative fabric, with and canons. Elongated 9-patch blocks c. Ever popular indigo and white quilt, two-color style c. Do you have any information on this or any suggestions where I can research this quilt? I would appreciate any help you may be able to give me. I love to research my purchases. It appears to be fabric.
I have not been able to find any detailed information on dating antique doll quilts. Dating quilt fabrics are what I think is called primitive quilts, very old, maybe yrs,with coarse backing flour or feed sackspieced by hand, with cotton batting. They have not been washed anytime recently, have some staining and minor tears which are unrepaired.
They were definitely made by relatives in Alabama. We have a family made civil war commemorative needlepoint. I believe it was made around for either the 20th anniversary of the end of the war, or perhaps for the 25th of the beginning either way, I would love any info you might be able to offer. It is all needlework except for some 3-d looking pieces the eagle and star portion of the medal. We have inherited quilts some 20th century some older from mother in laws estate.
Family has chosen ones they wish to keep. What is best way to sell the remaining quilts? It is very heavy, about crib size, but far to heavy to cover a baby. I inherited a very old quilt datiing down for generations but never used the last 30 years. Very heavy cotton datihg. We are Mayflower Society and D. My Mother she is 86 has given me some antique quilting pieces her Grandmother cut out. Upon opening the box the pieces are not hexagonal but rectangular in shape. Thank you in advance. I have an antique.
Quilt made by my mothers aunt early to It is in perfect condition, I just want to know who collects and displays these quilts. I would like to have it be remembered in their names. If you know where I qkilt call or write.