When you are done entering the Friday give-away here, visit the Happy Canada Day post for your chance to tell a Canadian story and win some funky fabrics from a new Canadian fabric retailer. There’s also a give-away from a very inspiring guest blogger, Margaret Bucklew.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of my quilting friends south of the border a happy and safe July 4th weekend.
Antique Quilt Dating Guides…by Style
Quilting has always been a great part of American history, and as we Americans celebrate Independence Day this weekend, I’m pleased to offer my Guides for dating antique quilts as a give-away at this special time.
With that in mind, antique quilts can’t help but enter your mind when thinking of the cold New England winters and need for warm covers that also beautified the log homes. Quilt collecting is a popular hobby today. Making new quilts that look like 19th and 20th century quilts is possible and easy with the wonderful reproduction fabrics available today.
Do you wonder what quilt would have been made using the reproduction fabrics you bought at the last show and loved but are now not sure what to do with them? The Antique Quilt Dating Guides…by Style will give you many options to chose from.
How many times have you been attracted to an antique quilt that doesn’t look as old as the tag says, nor the price suggests that it is? How many tops or quilts have you passed up only to find out later it was actually a special, rare and valuable quilt? How many did you buy that you can’t resell for a profit because you believed the tag? Antique Quilt Dating Guides…by Style were made with buyers, sellers, collectors, historical society museums and quilt history enthusiasts in mind.
Over 130 quilt styles are described so a novice can use them successfully. More informed users will be glad to have them whenever they get stuck or need a memory boost.
If you are lucky enough to inherit family antique quilts or tops, the charts easily help you figure out what you have actually received. The Illustration sheets that come with each Guide provide pictures of 24 of the most common quilt styles.
The 20th century or green Guide has a checklist on the front to help you rapidly determine if a quilt is 20th century or 19th century.
The descriptions, when you read across the chart, show how a style changes over time and when a style stopped being made. The quilts are charted in three eras 1775-1830, 1830-1870, and 1870-1900 on the blue Guide and 1900-1920 and 1920-1950 on the green Guide.
The Guides are portable, easy to use fold-out charts (like maps) describing quilts that were commonly made in America and found on the market here. Very early quilts made in England and France are also included in the Blue Guide, in the 1775-1830 column only. They fit in your purse and glove compartment for sudden shopping trips, quilt shows, and museums exhibits. Keep them nearby when you are bidding online. They are made of durable materials and will last a very long time with continued use.
The information will not grow old, even when the guide is! Use the Guides alone to identify and date your quilts and tops. When it’s convenient, use them with a fabric ID book too.
On the web site, Antique Quilt Dating Guides…by Style you can click on 42 different quilts shown in a moving slideshow (on three different pages) to read a partial preview of what the Guides would tell them, as if they were out bidding or shopping. It’s a fun web site and informative, including How to Date Quilts by Style, Places to Use the Guides, etc.
This give-away includes one set of both the blue and green Guides. To enter, just leave a comment below by Thursday, July 9th, 2009. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen.
UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to #5 Diana for winning a set of Kim’s Antique Quilt Dating Guides…by Style. Thanks to Kim for the fabulous donation.
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