Patchwork-style quilts first became common in the 18th century and after the American Revolutionary War.
Certain patterns can help identify an antique quilt.
Antique American quilts of the 17th century were often made by poor Colonists who couldn't afford to make detailed patchwork designs.
Instead, they made quilts out of one or two sheets of the same fabric.
Many antique quilts were made in odd sizes that don't fit modern beds.
Cheddar orange, also called antimony, was used in applique in Pennsylvania from 1860 to 1880.If you've found or purchased a quilt, you may want to know when or where it was made.It's tough to accurately date a quilt unless you're an antiques appraiser, but by looking for a few clues, you can deduce its general age.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.The grandmother's flower garden pattern, also called honeycomb or hexagon, can be traced back to the 18th century.Quilts with either of these patterns may be considered antique.Important Note about PRINT ON DEMAND Editions: You are purchasing a print on demand edition of this book. The information presented in this version is the same as the latest edition. The printing quality of this copy will vary from the original offset printing edition and may look more saturated. The information presented in this version is the same as the latest edition.This book is printed individually on uncoated (non-glossy) paper with the best quality printers available. Any pattern pullouts have been separated and presented as single pages. The information presented in this version is the same as the latest edition. Any pattern pullouts have been separated and presented as single pages.Vintage quilts were made from the 1930s to 1965, while quilts deemed antique date back to 100 years ago or more.A quilt made in the 1920s or earlier is also considered antique.