About 20th Century American Antique & Vintage Quilts
At the start of the 20th century, dark colors were very prevalent in the quilts. American society was deeply affected both by the losses of the Civil War and the cultural trend begun in England by a mourning Queen Victoria. Darkness continued through the devastation of World War I. However, by the mid 1920?s, quilt colors changed from the somber blacks and browns of mourning to a more cheerful palette of pastels made possible by advances in chemical dyes. During the 1920?s, a huge array of solid and calico fabrics was created, celebrating the vibrancy of that decade. With the stock market crash of 1928, those same cheerful colors would become one of the very few ways women could brighten their homes during the hard times to come.
Our collection of 20th century antique quilts and vintage quilts range from the early 1900?s to the 1940?s, include Log Cabin, Double Wedding Ring, Grandmothers's Flower Garden and other patterns, are perfect for adding a cheerful focal point to any home.
20th Century American Antique & Vintage Quilts
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What a perfect quilt to make one feel like summer in any season ! Deep yellow calico stars with solid white gathered petals and mustard centers sparkle against a cheerful green background, and are bounded by matching green joining blocks and white sashing and borders. The Dahlia pattern is one of the most complex and challenging quilt patterns to piece in order to achieve the desired three dimensional effect, and this quilter certainly was up to the task! Each hand pieced block measures approximately 11 ½ inches square, with 3 inch wide sashing and borders. All hand quilted with outline, echo outline, flowers and leaves in the sashing and border, and flowers in the joining blocks. The ¼ inch separately applied binding is also solid green, and the backing is white cotton. In excellent condition and professionally hand washed by Betsey.