Home Decorating With Quilts – The basic principle of quilting remains the same today – that is, it is a layer of padding between two layers of fabric, with stitching used to hold everything together. The main fabrics used for wholecloth quilts are linen, cotton and wool.
If you are a novice quilter and just started home decorating with quilts, go for a pattern of large squares. The larger the square, the easier it is to match seams well and complete your quilting project quickly. It’s also quicker and easier to assemble the quilt in manageable strips, row by row. Continue Reading
One important part of appraising a quilt or any textile is accurate dating. Sometimes there is no doubt of the date, because the maker embriodered it onto the quilt or wrote it somewhereon the back in indelible ink. Sometimes a quilt was so obviously designed for a special occasions – such as the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago – that its date can be easily ascertained.
Most of the quilts that are available for collecting were made in the 19th and 20th centuries, although it is possible to find an earlier treasure for sale or maybe even in your own attic. However, unless there is a direct connection to the maker, the dating of quilts is not precise science. It is more like a mixture of detective work and educated guessing.