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Friday Give-Away – Antique Quilt Dating Guides…by Style

Congratulations to #50 Frances and #45 Sandie for winning a Perfect Half-Square & Quarter-Square Triangles Ruler in last week’s Friday Give-Away donated by June Tailor.

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

Friday Give-Aways from the Quilting Gallery

Now, I’m turning over this blog post to Kimberly Wulfert of Women On Quilts and Quilter’s Spirit to let her tell you about the fabulous Friday give-away this week.

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.


1900 cover small for home page

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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48 Responses to “Friday Give-Away – Antique Quilt Dating Guides…by Style”

  1. Kate says:

    I would love one of those guides! I have no family quilts, but I enjoy looking at old quilts and trying to work out a bit of history…
    .-= Kate’s latest post: Stingray migration photos =-.

  2. Anna says:

    Those guides would be real fun and interesting to have!
    .-= Anna’s latest post: Äntligen fredag =-.

  3. Cynthia Lynn says:

    I’ve learned a little about old fabrics and quilts along the way, I’d love to have some more organized information to help me appreciate old quilts.

  4. Kristine says:

    I would love to win the Antique Quilt Dating Guides. I am very interested in quilt history and in the process of learning about the history of quilts have learned a lot about history in general, the stuff they don’t teach you in school. Thank you.

  5. Diana says:

    It sounds fascinating. Hope I win!
    .-= Diana’s latest post: What’s On My Design Wall and a Handy Spoon =-.

  6. rlbates says:

    Great give-aways! Would love to win.
    .-= rlbates’s latest post: Patriotic Sampler Quilt =-.

  7. Trisha says:

    Wow, so interesting!
    .-= Trisha’s latest post: Shop Hoppin’ =-.

  8. Laura says:

    Graet learning tool. Enjoy the history.

  9. Those guides look wonderful. As the only professional quilter in the area, people bring me lots of quilts and tops to see if they are old, or worth fixing. I also love to finally finish the “orphan” tops I find at yard sales.

  10. Dee Cordero says:

    It would be wonderful to be selected to receive such a valuable tool. Thank you for accepting my comment as an entry.

  11. Michelle says:

    I would love one of those guides. I love the history of quilts.

  12. Jessica says:

    I love antique quilts. These would be great!

  13. Jennifer says:

    Those guided look really cool!

  14. Barbara says:

    These guides look like they would be extremely useful. Thank you for offering them.

  15. Allison C. Bayer says:

    Wonderfully done guides! How benficial and portable. I’d love to win. I have a stack of quilts that my current resource isn’t answering all my questions. Thank you for letting me enter!

  16. Linda Reynolds says:

    Tools! Beautiful and wonderful tools —
    Look so simple and are so easy to use —
    are great gifts from a generous spirit.

  17. JayCee says:

    I belong to a quilt study group and would love to have these quilt dating guides. Thanks for offering them to us.

  18. june wizansky says:

    I could put these quilt dating guides to use trying to date a couple of my latest finds at extate sales. Thanks for offering these.

  19. 1850 to 1950 are years that I am particularly interested in but would love the data set. I am also interested in the history of WWII quilts.

  20. Charlotte Bull says:

    I’ll be teaching a class on quilt dating in September. This would be a super way to show them the process. I could even let one of them Win it! As well as urge others to buy it!

    Best wishes to all of you! cb

  21. Ellen Lessmann says:

    Would love the guides, using style is a little different than dating by fabric used–and I would like help on the technique.

  22. Jenn@FFP says:

    I can use all the help I can get with my quilting technique!!!!
    .-= Jenn@FFP’s latest post: Mason Jar Peach Cobbler =-.

  23. Tonya says:

    These guides would be great to have when going to flea markets.
    .-= Tonya’s latest post: Lebanon Vacuum & Sewing Center =-.

  24. Linda Gabrielse says:

    I would love these guides. I have been quilting since the mid 1980’s and collecting antique quilts since the mid 1990’s. I also belong to a Quilt History Study Group and am going to suggest purchasing them for our library. I’ve been enjoying articles by Kimberly for some time now.

  25. Miss Nancy says:

    These dating guildes look so very useful for anyone interested in quilts and quilt history no matter where they see quilts. Plus, what a great learning tool. What a great give-away. Thank you for sharing this information

  26. I would love to win the guides! I’m starting to get into quilt restoration. Love it
    .-= Robin Collett’s latest post: The design bed strikes again =-.

  27. Carol Sc says:

    The Boston Pavement quilt was inspiring. I would love to win the guide — would be very helpful.

  28. Holly says:

    I just love old quilts. I can’t imagine sewing one by hand though. Ouch. I am sure it would take me years to finish.
    .-= Holly’s latest post: Popcicle Time =-.

  29. Donna Edwards says:

    I am very fortunate to have have several quilts, tops, and blocks from my Great Grandmother Brown. My siblings each have a quilt of her making. While I know the approximate time frame of these items I would be enthralled to learn more specifics. Many many thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  30. Dawn says:

    I have many old family quilts, and also some I”ve purchased, both quilted and tops. I never get tired of seeing old quilts and learning about them!
    .-= Dawn’s latest post: A top finish! =-.

  31. Chris says:

    This is a great gift. I have just admired and not actually purchased any quilts knowing that I was lacking the skills to really know the age.

  32. Paule-Marie says:

    I would love to have these guides. I am always wanting to increase my quilt knowledge

  33. Cindy Luedeman says:

    I would love to win the guides and be able to learn the history of my family quilts.

  34. Donna Keating says:

    Having a small collection of vintage and antique quilts, this guide would be helpful in confirming their dates.

  35. Paula Bohan says:

    These dating guides are great! I’m particularly interested in 30s quilts. I collect 30s repros, and I love to see where the inspiration comes from!

  36. Kathy says:

    Antique Quilt Dating Guides…by Style sound wonderful. It is something I wouldn’t mind owning.

  37. Kristin says:

    I have been fortunate to have been given an antique quilt sewn by my husbands great aunt. Fortunately for me, the quilt came with everything she used (patterns, quilt transfer paper, quilt design, applique pieces) to create and quilt her quilt, making dating this quilt easy. I have two others which I am clueless on. It sure would be fantastic to have a guide to help determine their history!

  38. Holly says:

    Happy Birthday Michele
    .-= Holly’s latest post: Happy 4th Everyone =-.

  39. Miri says:

    Kim, your guides sound wonderful…I love antique quilts and am fascinated by all the different styles. I would love to win these guides!
    .-= Miri’s latest post: Meatless Monday Recipe: Tofu and Black Beans =-.

  40. Sherry R says:

    This would be great! In addition to family quilts, my mother somehow manages to find the most interesting old quilts.
    .-= Sherry R’s latest post: Baking and Sewing =-.

  41. Susan says:

    I am so fortunate that I found this site. For Michele to offer such wonderful tools and information is a blessing for me. I am trying to learn all there is about quilting so that I may pass it down to my daughter and anyone else that may be interested in the knowledge I have gained. This offer is quite a value to someone who is learing the art of quilting.

  42. TheaM says:

    this would be a wonderful addition for my quilting library – definitely worth the shelf space!

  43. Nancy B says:

    These look wonderful, a great resource.

  44. Wendy says:

    Sounds good to me!!! I’d love it!

  45. Mary LeTard says:

    Great gift. I have a few antique quilts. Only one has info. Chairots Wheel made by great-great grandmother when she was 11, 1851.

  46. Stef says:


  47. Kim Hunter says:

    Neat. Love to read all the info

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