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I love historical quilts and quilting. My favorites tend to be before 1820, with whole cloth being my all-time favorite type of quilt.

Quilts and quilting have been around for thousands of years. I have slowly been gathering together info on historical quilts. It is fascinating to me, and I am hoping to share of some of the research with my readers.

Quilted Clothing in the Victoria & Albert Museum

Quilted Clothing in the Victoria & Albert Museum

 The quilted clothing in the Victoria & Albert Museum collection in London, England has a wealth of historical items. Yes, there are more modern items than the three items here that pertain to the 1700’s women’s clothing. Petticoats: According to the information on this petticoat that is currently in storage, it was made in Great Britain between 1740-1770. It is made of silk, wool, and linen.   Petticoats were a normal part of woman’s clothing during at least the 18th century in Europe and…

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OLD-WORLD QUILT EXHIBITION

OLD-WORLD QUILT EXHIBITION

The Old-World Quilt Exhibition transports us to the 17th and 18th centuries. This was an age of growing global trade and cultural exchange. At this exhibition, you will view some of the earliest textiles from the International Quilt Museum’s collection. During this time in history, Europe’s desire for goods from unfamiliar, “exotic” cultures led to unprecedented growth in overseas trade. This desire (greed?) led to a boom in domestic manufacturing and fed a growing consumer mindset. The new production techniques and…

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ANOTHER INTERESTING TEXTILE BOOK

ANOTHER INTERESTING TEXTILE BOOK

 I am always on the lookout for interesting books on historical textiles and quilts. Many times, a book on historical women will have wonderful tidbits about textiles in their lives. And that is how I ended up finding another interesting textile book. I found this book after seeing an article about it in the DAR magazine “American Spirit S/O 2020” pg. 41-42. This book of 500 pages covers the importance of the textiles industry in the pre-Revolutionary America.   In this…

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