Historic American Antique Quilts
20th Century Quilts
Quilt Tip: Patterns for quilts were popular in the late 19th century but reached their peak in the early 20th century. Original and old stand-by designs, patterns and actual kits with fabric were all available from various publication sources. Locating and identifying these sources has become a challenge for the quilt historian.
Other fads were the use of feed sack fabrics for making quilts and clothing. Makers of feed sacks cooperated by using fabrics with attractive patterns. During the depression, these were a welcome source of material.
Also, in 1933, the World's Fair made a big impact on the quilting world as a huge contest was included in the event. This sparked an added interest in quilt making, perhaps not heretofore so prevalent.
686 Amish Trip Around the World, ca 1920, 78x82, found in Kalona, Iowa, initials "JME" in embroidery on back binding. All aspects of the quilt are included to show the degree of fading in the 12-inch rayon crepe border. This is common in mauve rayon crepe Amish quilts.We don't think it detracts from the quilt, but you may. The colors in the aquares are those wonderful Amish jewel-like combinations, and the execution is expert as well. The backing is tan plain weave cotton The quilting is in diamonds in the squares and in double fern fronds on the border in 9st/in. It is beautiful. $1250
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