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Beautiful antique and vintage quilts and bedspreads. Share images, resources, images and discussions.   

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Showing Off Your Antique Quilts FEATURED ARTICLE BY Rickrack.com Vintage Textiles 2 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by SharonS Feb 21, 2015.

World War II Quilts Sue Reich 1 Reply

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by Debra Yancey-Miller Mar 21, 2014.

How to clean 2-sided quilt 3 Replies

Started by Lillian Dunbar. Last reply by Debra Yancey-Miller Jul 31, 2013.

Value? 2 Replies

Started by House of Charm Antiques Southinc. Last reply by House of Charm Antiques Southinc Apr 16, 2013.

Good Links On Quilts Originally Posted by Oralei/Artorable 7 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by SharonS Mar 28, 2013.

These from a client/friend 5 Replies

Started by House of Charm Antiques Southinc. Last reply by House of Charm Antiques Southinc Mar 27, 2013.

Victorian Bar Quilt Originally posted by Luv 2 Luv Antiques

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Mar 24, 2013.

Two Vintage Bedspreads that I presently have For Sale Originally posted by Sandi 7 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Mar 24, 2013.

Cannon Bedspread Originally posted by Vintage Linens

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Mar 24, 2013.

Post Vintage / Antique Bedspreads You Have On SALE at your selling site! Originally posted by Luv2Luv Antiques 4 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Mar 24, 2013.

Crafting with Vintage/Antique Quilts or Bedspreads Origianlly posted by Vintage gal Colleen 2 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Mar 24, 2013.

Cleaning Your Vintage / Antique Quilt Originally posted by Luv 2 Luv Antiques 19 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Mar 24, 2013.

Chenille ID 7 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Mar 24, 2013.

Amish and Mennonite quilts and their makers 2 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Mar 24, 2013.

Redwork Quilts - Embroidery replaces patchwork Originally posted by Sharon S

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Mar 24, 2013.

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Comment by Country Creations Antiques on August 4, 2015 at 2:43pm

I just wanted to share this fantastic quilt that we found a while ago and fell in love with it at an auction.  It is signed and dated 1821 and has some of the most exceptional hand quilting we have ever seen. 

It is white with a pieced 8 pointed star pattern done in a pink and green tiny floral pattern fabric. This quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted with a cotton batting. The hand quilting is exceptional. It has 14 to 16 stitched per inch and has extremely dense stipple quilting as shown in the pictures. The quilt itself is 84" x 84" but the sides have a strip of handmade lace 3 inches wide plus a 4" linen fabric border and the bottom has the same 3" handmade lace plus a 9" wide border. The edges of the quilt have a saw tooth pattern border in addition to the added lace and linen edging. The backing is the same white fabric as the front. There are no stains but light fading and some deterioration of the pink fabric. The tiny green dyed flowers on the pink fabric are deteriorating with age probably due to the type of dye used to create the green flowers.

The extremely dense hand quilting makes this a beautiful work of art.  This type of hand quilting stopped being done with the start of the civil war.  This is one of the few truly exceptional hand quilted quilts left from this time period and the first quilting revival period.  Overall, this is a fantastic quilt with wonderful graphics and the exceptional hand quilting from the early 1800's makes this a marvelous collectors item.

A. A. Ziegler

Country Creations Antiques

Comment by SharonS on July 8, 2015 at 5:00pm

No, but the exceptionally large and widely spaced stitches, yes, done by hand, are characteristic of Chinese imports.  Chinese labor is not particularly expensive, and these quilts can be done rather quickly, compared to the hand stitching on an antique quilt, which usually averages more than 6 stitches per linear inch, and can be considerably more than that.  See, for instance, this example from a 1930's quilt:

Comment by Marianne Whitley on July 8, 2015 at 2:00pm

So, the info i found online is not correct ?

Most antique and vintage quilts were made by hand with no help from a sewing machine. Look closely at the stitching throughout the whole quilt. If the stitches appear a bit unevenly spaced or different in size, the quilt was likely handmade. If the stitches are precisely uniform in size and spacing, the quilt was probably machine-stitched. Handmade quilts, particularly those from the 20th century, sometimes bear an identification tag on the bottom corner. 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.

The multi colored quilt has uneven stitches throughout. It all appears hand stitched, stitch by stitch. I am a little unsure chinese manufacturers would go that long of a way and hand stitch something they then sell for cheap. Thanks Sharon.

Comment by SharonS on July 8, 2015 at 1:49pm

Marianne - your quilts, with their large hand-stitches and relatively recent fabrics appear to be of Chinese manufacture.

Comment by Marianne Whitley on July 8, 2015 at 1:23pm

second quilt

Comment by Marianne Whitley on July 8, 2015 at 1:10pm
I have recently stumbled upon two quilts which seem to be all hand stitched. They are both beautiful, and i am certain that they are vintage don't know if antique. I have examined them, and they were both not machine threaded but ALL hand stitched, with thicker black thread. 100% cotton and very pretty! I am not a quilter or a quilt collector nor an expert, but i simply adore them. I am not sure how old they are, or when they might have been made. One of the quilts, had a tag attached, which had been cut off at some point. There is no way for me to tell when these were made,or where they came from.

I found both quilts underneath a mattress from a pull out couch. Found them, years later when i got rid of the inside of the couch. lol

Best Regards, and many thanks in advance!

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This little crib quilt from the Lehigh Valley of PA is now up for sale on ebay.   A great wall hanging.  Make an offer if you like it!

Comment by Debra Yancey-Miller on April 22, 2014 at 6:19pm

WOW!  The poor baby probably didn't get any sleep!

Comment by SharonS on April 17, 2014 at 2:45pm

The indigo resist quilt we posted below sold for $4500.00. Here's a newer one, from the 1930's but in mint condition, a Dresden plate variation, now being offered on eBay. Make an offer if you like it!

 

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