Antique calico clue dating guide identifying in quilt

Barbra Brackman’s book “Clues in the Calico” and Eileen Trestain’s book “Dating Fabrics, a color guide” are among the most popular and helpful.True antique quilts will use fabrics indicative of the era they were made. Reproduction quilts are hand quilted, but not very well quilted.

I took a quick tour of an on-line auction site today and below are some of the many many “fakes” out there and a discussion of what to look for.Leigh at Heart Cottage Quilts has done a fantastic article about reproduction quilts.This should be required reading for anyone interested in antique and vintage quilts and She does a great job describing the hallmarks of import quilts and has an extensive picture gallery of many of the most common quilts that are appearing at on-line auctions.The above quilt shows that bunching typical of the reproduction and import quilts.Here are a few more examples How should a “real” quilt look? Fabric dating is not an easy thing to do, but there are many resources available to help.