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Thread: Can Anyone Date Fabric?

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    Can Anyone Date Fabric?

    I was given a wonderful gift from a dear customer this week. She gave me 39 hand pieced blocks that are made of vintage fabric. They don't look much like any of the reproductions that I carry in my store, and I've yet to find any like them in any catalogs.
    Is there any members who might be willing to date some fabric for me if I were to scan some of the blocks and attach them to this discussion?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Tammi Jo Wilson
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    Yes, post them - there is all kinds of wonderful knowledge out here!!!
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    These are four of the blocks

    Thank you in advance for your help.
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    I believe your blocks/fabrics are mostly from the end of the 1880s-early 1900s, and here's why........

    "Quilts from 1880-1910 were often dark overall. Because the predominant colors were black, dark blue, deep red, brown and claret, the quilts were usually quite subdued. Utility quilts were often patterned with simple geometrics, large scale blocks, and wide sashings. There was a temporary fad of collecting collecting fabrics for one-patch quilt designs in which no two fabrics were alike, today referred to as charm quilts.....Black grounds with white discharge (bleached out) prints were popular and were usually listed [in sales catalogs] as mourning prints. Cadet blue (a misty blue) was often printed in combination with black or white. It is a distinctive color for this period because it was not used before 1880. It was vat dyed and was therefore equally blue on both sides of the fabric. Ginghams, checks, houndstooth, plaids, and stripes reminiscent of ticking were offered in catalogs. Cotton prints of this time were notorious for being thin, like cheesecloth."
    from DATING FABRICS: A COLOR GUIDE 1800-1960 by Eileen Jahnke Trestain 1998 American Quilter's Society

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    If my single days were anything to go by it beats dating men!

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    They look like 1880's to me. I see mourning prints and indigoes. Nice gift!

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    Can anyone date fabric?? Not from what I have heard. It seems that fabric is very particular in who it dates. Rumor has it if the date isn't classy enough it gets unraveled!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyndaOH View Post
    If my single days were anything to go by it beats dating men!

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    You are a hoot!!

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    This looks like a utilitarian quilt made from scraps of fabrics and pieces of fabrics from shirts worn in the 1940's to 1960s. It looks very similar to one my great-grandmother made during that time .... just a thought, I'm no expert in this field.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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