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Thread: Can anyone tell me how old this quilt might be?

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    Super Member frauhahn's Avatar
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    So-a couple nights ago someone sent in a picture of the old Singer treadle machine her husband got her for her birthday. I was working on one that needed a whole lot of work, and took a cue and looked on Craigslist and found one for $50. Drove an hour the next morning to buy it-it's beautiful-I've already taken it apart to "refresh" the finish. After I gave the guy the money, he said he guessed I might as well have this quilt that goes with it-handed me a box-and this was inside. He didn't know anything about it. Can anyone guess how old it might be?
    It's mainly muslim with print kitties wearing bowties. It's in pretty good condition with just a couple of places I have to resew. Many of the prints look like feed sacks, but there are tabs for hanging which match the binding. Any ideas?
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    I have absolutely no idea...but it is beautiful. Lovely pattern.

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    I don`t know but i love the quilt...what a find!!!

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    I like the border -- Very original!

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    What a great treasure you were given. Hope someone can help you date it.

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    Lovely quilt! Haven't seen anything like it before. The feed sacks are older than the quilt (as you already know). Beyond that, I don't know. Hand pieced? Hand stitched? Much wear? I suppose people may have hung quilts in the past, or were the hangers added more recently? Same fabric, stitching, etc.? Is the batting thin (like we use nowadays) or thicker (as was used in the past)? I see there are stains/yellowing. These may be some clues, but not heavily weighted ones. You may want to take it to a Historical Society, or antique dealer, they may be able to help for little/no cost. Did the guy you bought the treadle from have any idea on its story?

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    It's adorable! Love the paw prints! absolutly no help with age, but I just want to put my 2 cents in! I love it~

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    Once my new book arrives, DATING FABRICS.. I might be able to help! ;0)

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    Can anyone tell me why this site is not working like it did up until a few days ago

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    Hi Bev!
    Near as I can tell (I'm fairly new to quilting) it is hand-pieced and hand quilted, but machine stitched. The tabs are sewn into the binding and have machine stitching at the edges. The guy didn't know anything about it-said that the machine had been from his sister's husband's family. The house belonged to his sister, but he had to meet me there, so I'm wondering if the sister may have died-the house had a kind-of not-lived-in look to it.

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