Dating quilt blocks
Pinwheels on Parade by Red Pepper Quilts is similar to Preppy Pinwheels but with a narrower sashing for a different effect.Enchantment by Sew Fresh Quilts offers even more pinwheel fun. In case you missed it yesterday, explore traditional quilt blocks, and be sure to check out the free quilt pattern available today.In my book Fringe is another early edge treatment and one that correlates well with a specific period of time. The blue print with the white floral sprig could be an indigo print, a dye used over such a long time period that it offers no clues. It may be colored with the Prussian blue dye process developed about 1815. Prussian When we are dating old quilts we use comparative dating, that is we compare the fabric in question to similar fabrics we have seen before.
The pinwheel blades can be pieced using one fabric, different fabrics of the same color, or a variety of different prints for a scrappy look; based upon your fabric selections you can create a multitude of different effects.The cloth tag tells the name and location of the quilter, as well as the date of completion.Quilts made prior to the 20th century might not have a tag.If you've found or purchased a quilt, you may want to know when or where it was made.
It's tough to accurately date a quilt unless you're an antiques appraiser, but by looking for a few clues, you can deduce its general age.
Antique American quilts of the 17th century were often made by poor Colonists who couldn't afford to make detailed patchwork designs.