MATERIAL CULTURE' height='382px; ' id='Header1_headerimg' src=' XIAchl Hl_I/WYy9DEe X2g I/AAAAAAABSJ4/w Orr XPVatyw R1uzzb ZECHk4KGH0e LVBYg CK4BGAYYCw/s1600/2017+stanne.jpg' style='display: block' width='1044px; '/Yesterday a friend blew me away with an OLD quilt she recently got from her sister.
There is NO history - only that her sister's Mother-in-law was an antique dealer (many years ago).
If the stitches are precisely uniform in size and spacing, the quilt was probably machine-stitched.
Many antique quilts were made in odd sizes that don't fit modern beds.
The first time I went to an all antique quilt auction was in Southern California.
The study into quilt history is a rapidly growing area of research in American history: the important role women played in our history; domestic life in the 18th-20 centuries; development of the textile industry in the Asia, India, Europe and America; the purpose for making quilts; their pattern and style development over time; current reproduction fabrics; and last but not least, dating a quilt or a single piece of fabric by its dyes and the method used to print it.
Quilts also reflect social history, such as the westward expansion, pioneering on the Plains, wars, political and religious campaigns and symbols, working women, interior design through time and more.
The closeness of the parallel lines in the striped border is a weak clue to the 19th century too.
20th-century quilters tended to use wider spaces between their lines.