Dating old quilts

Vegetable dyes were made from flowers, herbs, bark, and roots.As the 19th century progressed, advances in aniline dye manufacturing processes expanded the color palettes available, and beautifully pieced and appliqued quilts continued to be made, using the extra fabric choices available.Quilt making was common in the late 18th century and early years of the 19th.Most women were busy spinning, weaving and sewing in order to clothe their family.The Professional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles (PAAQT) is an international organization established in 1992 to promote and guide professional certified quilt appraisers.All members are dedicated to providing professional and ethical expertise on quilts and quilted textiles.Any Crazy quilt containing a date prior to 1879, would most likely indicate a special date from the family's history.During the height of the Victorian era, homes could not have enough embellishment.

Instead they were decorative items that displayed the fine needlework of the maker such as the Baltimore album quilts.

The close of the 19th century saw the upsurge in popularity of Victorian Crazy Quilts, those wonderfully exuberant creations of silk, velvet, ribbons and all manner of embellishments.

Click on the pictures below to see more views of my 18th & 19th Century Antique Quilts.

Made in Sicily, and as one of the earliest surviving quilts in the world, at least two sections survive at the V&A Museum (London) and in Bargello palace (Florence).

Another of the Tristan and Isolde story is held in a private collection. It is a quilted linen carpet found in a Mongolian cave, and now kept at the Saint Petersburg department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Archaeology Section.