Dating old quilts
Vegetable dyes were made from flowers, herbs, bark, and roots.
During the height of the Victorian era, homes could not have enough embellishment.
People who buy up estates assume that if a quilt has hand stitching and is found at an estate sale it must be old.
I can’t count how many times I have had a seller tell me that the estate told them that the quilt was made by the grandmother , or great-aunt, or assorted other ancestors, when in fact they were made in China.
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.