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Thread: What's the oldest fabric you have?

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    I'm new to quilting but have always done crafts and I just found a box of fabric. I've spent the afternoon playing with fire...burn testing for fiber content (learned that here!) and going through it. I found panels from 1981! Is that almost antique? Vintage? The amazing thing is that I have moved multiple times and evidently this box made it with me every time. Amazing.
    So how long have you kept fabric?

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    Mine is hanging in my closet, although I call them clothes! (O:<

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    I just started collecting fabric a few years ago, but my mother gave me some of her stash some of it was purchased to make something for my oldest son (now 13) when he was a baby.

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    I have some from 1983,84,85. Purchased at an estate sale.

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    Well I have 2 boxes of fabric scraps my Mother saved from making clothes for us kids when we were growing up. I recognize some of it from as far back as when I was 9, so that would mean some of the fabric can be dated to 1969. 42 years old (the fabric, not me. Don't I wish) Oh, and yes, I will be making these scraps into quilts for my 2 brothers & myself, as Mom intended before she passed away.

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    I have some of my grandmothers, who got most of her stash from her father who was a clothier in the 1910's.. does that count as old? :D

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    I have some 9-patch orphans from my great-grandmother - by the prints, I'm thinking 1930's to 40's. My mom recognized some of the fabrics from clothing she remembers.

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    I've got some from the early 60's, 62&65, and one remnant from 1955, flannel and so much nicer than what you get today.

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    I have some from when Moses was a baby. lol

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    I have all of my Grandmas fabric, some dating back to the 1900's I can't part with it.

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    My neighbor gave me her mother's stash. My neighbor is about 70. I don't know how old the fabric is but it is older than me so it's got to be ooooold.

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    The oldest I have dates back to the 20s.

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    I have some fabric from the early 1970's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    I have some of my grandmothers, who got most of her stash from her father who was a clothier in the 1910's.. does that count as old? :D
    That's really awesome!

    I have some fabric yardage from my mom who used to work in Grants Department store in the 50's. Still has the Grants tags on it. Back when you could get 4 and 5 yard pieces for $1.15 total. There are some fabrics I have prior to that. I find really interesting the ones with tags still on them sayingthings like, "Dacron - the new wonder fabric for your family!"

    I also have some lace that suposedly my 3rd great grandmother made - early 1800's or so. I have no way of proving that, yes, the lace is obviously hand made... and old. But that's all I know. Once I find the perfect Grandmother type wall quilt to make, the lace will adorn that. Eventually... lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nana katie
    The oldest I have dates back to the 20s.
    Awesome stuff. What was the 20's fabric usually made out of? 100% cotton? treated cotton? Wool? I'm curious.

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    I have a few pieces that I bought as "vintage", looks like 40s stuff to me.

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    Non quilting, I have some from the 60's.

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    I have some we found in my grandmother's attic 30 years ago and some of it is pieced by hand by her mother, so probably early to mid 1800's.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    I have some of my grandmothers, who got most of her stash from her father who was a clothier in the 1910's.. does that count as old? :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Mine is hanging in my closet, although I call them clothes! (O:<
    You are too funny

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    My oldest fabric is from the late 1960's when I started seriously sewing as a 12 year old. I also have a couple of pieces that are older than that purchased at the church rummage sale.

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    Have some that was from the 30's and 40's, perhaps older, that was in my MIL stash, possibly her DM's stash. Most of these are scraps or UFO's.

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    One of the ladies at the lqs does doll quilts for chairty. today I gave her my quilt blocks my parent gave to me years ago, they are from my handmade dresses left over fabric, from the late 50s early 60s. They will go to good use and were well done.

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    I've got a 9 yard piece of authenticated 1930 fabric.

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    Oldest fabric I have purchased is from the late 1970's/early 1980's...it is from a line of fabric by Marti Mitchell and the company "Yours Truly"..very old fashioned looking calico's...I don't have much left, but work a piece into each scrap quilt I make.

    Oldest fabric I own is some fabric that is from the 1930's...I have worked with the repro's, but have yet to use this fabric...waiting I guess to have JUST the RIGHT project to use it in....some day...I will know when I see the right pattern!

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    While my mother was still alive, I sold some 1960s fabrics on eBay. While looking for some more, I found a box that had older fabric. When I questioned her, she said it was from my grandmother and was from the 1940s. I almost sold some, then just couldn't. So, I still have it. I'm so glad that I found this fabric before I inherited the whole stash, as I wouldn't have known its origin.

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