1950 2 2016 color dating fabric guide


I can’t count how many times I have had a seller tell me that the estate told them that the quilt was made by the grandmother , or great-aunt, or assorted other ancestors, when in fact they were made in China.

Family history is often a fuzzy thing, and quilt history can’t be based on assumptions.

, a brand with such rich history and so many myths and legends attached to its name.

The brand was founded by two European immigrants in America, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis with their patent for copper-riveted jeans.

This informative and easy to use handbook should prove valuable whether you are a curious quilter, a fabric collector, quilt collector, or an accomplished historian. The thousands of fabric swatches presented in this guide book can help you determine a date of manufacture and something of the history of the piece.

The samples represent fabrics made in the Americas from 1800 to 1960.

A swatch may be included under the color it once was, the color it is now, or possibly both.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.There is nothing wrong with a reproduction quilt as long as the buyer knows that is what they are buying. If you are looking for a quilt for every day use these quilts are a good option.A reproduction quilt will never have the antique value of a “real” hand-made American quilt. If you are looking to buy a quilt for vintage or antique value pass on reproductions.When they described a small sized log cabin quilt as a child’s or doll quilt I knew they were rare, so I bid and I bid till I won.

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