Dating antique quilts

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The system unveiled here for dating heirloom quilts is based upon five characteristics -- fabric, style, color, technique, and pattern.

Many of the colonists used homespun, others used rare and expensive imported Chintz fabrics.Even if your family is convinced a quilt was made by your great grandmother in the 19th century, if the fabrics were not made until the 20th century then there has been some error.The dates of the fabrics within the quilt can provide important clues as to when the piece was made.Signature and raffle quilts tell us about families, community organizations, and churches.Crazy quilts tells us about the maker's interests as well as her hand sewing ability.

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