old quilt top

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theskett posted on Wed, Jul 24 2013 9:36 PM


New to forum and I have a question. I received this quilt top from a friend, who got it from a friend (both ladies in their 70s) who got it from an attic in Monmouth, Oregon. Does anyone know the time period of this quilt? It is hand pieced, with loose weave muslin. So far I've hand washed it to lighten/remove stains and pressed it. My next step will be to sandwich it with cotton batting and muslin backing to hand quilt.

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Nana replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 9:39 PM

Beautiful quilt but I have no idea of the time period.

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zoetc49 replied on Wed, Jul 24 2013 11:28 PM

I found this site http://www.ehow.com/how_8184315_determine-value-quilts.html

maybe this will help you. Please post when you learn more. My guess would be the 1920-1930's

There was one guide I found once that talked about how quilts were first used as bed covering made from flower sacks and left over fabric ( think of 1800's) . Then in another time era the art quilt was discovered, these were the crazy quilts that had any type of fabric in them. Then in the 20-30's quilting came back and that was when some patterns were started. Then things were numb for awhile till "we" in the 1980's  forward started do have fun and now it's a expensive hobby...but fun.

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Diana replied on Thu, Jul 25 2013 5:36 AM

Some of those fabrics surely look like feed sack fabrics.  You can never tell until you look up some of those fabrics.  I have a quilt made in the 30's by a great-great aunt.  I had it professionally appraised and it was worth $300.  One thing I did find out about it was there are fabrics as old as the 1890's.  That made it very nice to know.  It hangs in my bedroom on a rack and is kept out of the sunlight.  Yours will be a treasure to have.

Diana in East Tn. 

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gini replied on Thu, Jul 25 2013 11:11 AM

Hi theskett, welcome to the group.   Beautiful quilt.  Diana, did feed sacks come in that vivid a red?   I don't remember seeing that color on older quilts.

gini in north idaho

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