Quilt dating fabrics
Now compare that with a reproduction quilt Now lets look at quality of the stitching. Reproduction quilting is uneven, and at a low stitch count per inch like this Quality antique quilting is more like this Now for a gallery of some reproduction quilts This Baltimore album style is mistaken for an antique very frequently.This week it is listed by 2 sellers on e Bay, each claiming it is an antique, pre 1930 when in fact it was made by Arch quilts, in China, in the 90’s This Tulip quilt shows up fairly frequently on e Bay.
These quilts were produced starting in the mid 80’s so they are starting to show up at estate sales across the country.
People who buy up estates assume that if a quilt has hand stitching and is found at an estate sale it must be old.
Vintage is a fuzzy term and provides a lot of cover. Some things listed as rare are in fact rare…not so much.
In e Bay terms vintage is anything 1930-now, so a one year old item could be sold as vintage. One of the things often listed as “rare” and “desirable” is the Knife Edge.
This is a rather rare edge treatment and very nicely done.
When a quilt is constructed by inverting it to create the edging (creating a false knife-edge), it tends to make for wrinkles and a less than smooth appearance because you can’t work out the fullness to the edges, the edges are already finished.
to make a knife-edge the batting is trimmed smaller than the top and backing.
the top and backing fabric are folded under and sewn together, encasing the batting and forming the knife-edge.
Another clue is when every block in the quilt is the same, in a vintage or antique patchwork quilt it is common to have a wide variety of different fabrics, it is much more unusual to have a 5 or 6 fabrics used uniformly throughout the quilt. Old batting needed to be quilted at about 1 inch apart but modern batting is constructed differently and allows quilting to be much less dense.