Quilt dating

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In compiling Carrie Hall's Blocks, Havig has made Hall's collection accessible to the modern quilter.

Improved before it was even released, this book now has 205 pages showing over 1,000 color swatches to help you recognize, identify and date vintage American fabrics as used in quilts and clothing.

My closet gets a make-over and I donate things that are still in good shape. This time, tucked away in a corner of my closet were two old quilts.

Made by my great-grandmother and great-aunt, they were given to my mother. Back in my 20’s, when I received these beautiful quilts, I was not sentimental, nor was I into vintage.

The most-imported commodity, and a highly valued one, textiles were used for bedding, bed curtains, clothing, household linens, window curtains, upholstery, and floor covering.

This book illustrates samples from collections around the world, as well as drawings and engravings of the time.

This new book contains over 200 newspaper articles dating from 1880 to 1945, that trace crazy quilt patterns and articles in womens magazines and pamphlets.

In Feedsack Secrets, quilt historian Gloria Nixon shares her research through tens of thousands of pages of old farm periodicals, magazines and newspapers as she explains the story of the patterned feedsack.

There are fascinating tidbits along the way: Women met for sack-and-snack-club fabric swaps.

There were restrictions on jacket lengths, hem depths and the sweep of a skirt.

Feedsack prints and bags played a part in political contests, even accurately predicting that Truman would win the 1948 presidential election.

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