In order to understand the knife-edge I need to do a quick review of quilt construction.In traditional quilting when the quilt top is completed the quilter makes what we call a quilt sandwich.This means that the batting is sewn into the seam that creates the knife-edge, and makes for a full edge. And here on wedding ring quilts some quilts add a row of stitching around the edge to simulate a piped edge some do not.
Quilt dating fabrics
Before the pictures let me say that not all of these were misrepresented as antique.
Most sellers will say they are unsure of the age and list them as vintage.
I can’t count how many times I have had a seller tell me that the estate told them that the quilt was made by the grandmother , or great-aunt, or assorted other ancestors, when in fact they were made in China.
Family history is often a fuzzy thing, and quilt history can’t be based on assumptions.
When a quilt is made of fabrics in “trendy” colors that should be a red flag. The stitches are not very uniform in size, and the quilting is not very dense.
These pink and blue and green colors were very popular in the 80’s, but not so much in the 30’s and 40’s These arent vintage colors either, more popular in the 90’s, but again not the 30’s and 40’s. Antique quilts were quilted very densely to prevent the batting from bunching up and migrating.
Now compare that with a reproduction quilt Now lets look at quality of the stitching. Reproduction quilting is uneven, and at a low stitch count per inch like this Quality antique quilting is more like this Now for a gallery of some reproduction quilts This Baltimore album style is mistaken for an antique very frequently.
This week it is listed by 2 sellers on e Bay, each claiming it is an antique, pre 1930 when in fact it was made by Arch quilts, in China, in the 90’s This Tulip quilt shows up fairly frequently on e Bay.
There is nothing wrong with a reproduction quilt as long as the buyer knows that is what they are buying. If you are looking for a quilt for every day use these quilts are a good option.