Dating quilt blocks
Certain patterns can help identify an antique quilt.
The double wedding ring pattern, for example, depicts two interlocking rings and is thought to have German origins.
For example, Lancaster blue consists of a light-blue print over a dark-blue background.
This color was popular on antique quilts from 1860 to 1880.
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.
Antique American quilts of the 17th century were often made by poor Colonists who couldn't afford to make detailed patchwork designs.
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The color was often paired with cream, white or dark green.
A quilt's weaving pattern, or the way it was sewn, is a clue to age; plain weave is the most common type.The pattern was first published in 1928 in "Capper's Weekly" magazine.The grandmother's flower garden pattern, also called honeycomb or hexagon, can be traced back to the 18th century.Quilts made with a satin weave have a silky, lustrous surface and a dull bottom.