Dating your antique piano
The 18th and 19th century category of antique quilts, spans approximately 120 years, and encompasses a large variety of styles and fabrics.The earliest antique quilts available for sale at Rocky Mountain Quilts are from the last quarter of the 18th century.During this time, and into the first quarter of the 19th century, many American colonists were making whole cloth quilts by sewing together repeat lengths of the same fabric, thus giving the illusion of one “whole cloth”.Many of the colonists used homespun, others used rare and expensive imported Chintz fabrics.
The vegetable dyes available in the 18th and 19th century limited the colors available, but those same rich, deep tones are just the ones many are seeking today.The backing used is homespun linen, and the thread is linen.The edge of the quilt has been pillowcase sewn and then outline stitched to give the impression of a separate binding.I have photographed this piece on my dining room table to show how gorgeous it is. Hand washed by Betsey and ready to adorn your home. Please view the detail photos (click image above) for more accurate colors.CONSW2 Turkey Red Center Medallion Applique Coverlet Dated 1838 and signed by Mary Ann Wilhelm 74 x 102 inches $Call for price Truly amazing is this center medallion folk art appliqued and reverse appliqued summer coverlet created by a 15 year old young lady named Mary Ann Wilhelm in 1838.
The huge variety of fabrics used in this piecing could lead someone to call it a scrap quilt, a term from later years.