That must have been very interesting, and the quilts are beautiful. The one y'all made for the band is wonderful, too. I have a couple that I need to restitch in places. I've repaired the hand quilting on my oldest son's graduation quilt before. He sat on it in the same place, for 4 years, at college. Threads broke.
Dating Fabrics A Color Guide 1800-1960 by Eileen Jahnke Trestain
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One important part of appraising a quilt or any textile is accurate dating. Sometimes there is no doubt of the date, because the maker embriodered it onto the quilt or wrote it somewhereon the back in indelible ink. Sometimes a quilt was so obviously designed for a special occasions — such as the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago — that its date can be easily ascertained. Most of the quilts that are available for collecting were made in the 19th and 20th centuries, although it is possible to find an earlier treasure for sale or maybe even in your own attic. However, unless there is a direct connection to the maker, the dating of quilts is not precise science. It is more like a mixture of detective work and educated guessing. The most important clues to the age of a quilt are the stiches, the fabric and the design used.
Who We Are: Curating Vintage Fabrics
I collect vintage fabric, patterns and notions and together they create an almost true vintage creation. While vintage patterns and notions are relatively easy to find out in the wild, vintage fabrics are a little more difficult to obtain. I search the fabric bins at thrift stores and delve into the sewing sections of dealers at antique stores quite often pre-pandemic — MUCH more often! Sometimes vintage fabrics are mixed up with draperies and linens also usable for fabric!