8 dating historic note photograph project quilt quilt reproduction
The 18th and 19th century category of antique quilts, spans approximately 120 years, and encompasses a large variety of styles and fabrics.
The earliest antique quilts available for sale at Rocky Mountain Quilts are from the last quarter of the 18th century.
Three of the 4 squares in the four patch blocks have a 4” square of a Ulysses Grant and Henry Wilson’s presidential campaign with folk art American flags. Organically hand washed and ready for your approval. It’s finished with a solid narrow border finished with a 3/8” early block print wool challis fabric. The ecru threads are linen, the green and red threads are wool... I can’t imagine how long it took to loom this piece.
It was definitely created for warmth by a master weaver.
There is a 3/8 inch separately applied binding executed half by hand.Because of the quality of the fabrics, one can see that this Mennonite family would have been of affluent means. Organically washed and ready to take home on approval.When one first looks at this wonderful textile, one immediately assumes it is an overshot coverlet, as I did. It’s a mid 19th century knit table cover created in strips of various widths from apx 9” to 19” and then sewn together with the same ecru thread that was used to knit this masterpiece.The logs used in creating these blocks are apx 1” in width. I have organically washed it so now it is designated an unused quilt.
Logs are outline quilted and there is an 3/8” hand applied binding. I am dating this c.1880 because of one horseshoe conversation fabric that I have found on this quilt. This one quilt can appear to be three different patterns.
The quilt has been pieced in the English piecing method.