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AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser, Jennifer Perkins, will lead you through the need for a quilt appraisal, what that involves, the various kinds of appraisals and the uses for each one.

During this time, and into the first quarter of the 19th century, many American colonists were making whole cloth quilts by sewing together repeat lengths of the same fabric, thus giving the illusion of one “whole cloth”.

Many of the colonists used homespun, others used rare and expensive imported Chintz fabrics.

The 18th and 19th century category of antique quilts, spans approximately 120 years, and encompasses a large variety of styles and fabrics.

The earliest antique quilts available for sale at Rocky Mountain Quilts are from the last quarter of the 18th century.

You can easily clean a newer quilt with a vacuum cleaner.

Lay the quilt out on a flat surface, and put a nylon stocking over the end of the nozzle or use a soft brush attachment before vacuuming.

The close of the 19th century saw the upsurge in popularity of Victorian Crazy Quilts, those wonderfully exuberant creations of silk, velvet, ribbons and all manner of embellishments.

Click on the pictures below to see more views of my 18th & 19th Century Antique Quilts.

If you’re lucky enough to have one a relative stitched, keep your heirloom in tiptop shape—and save its history—by following these sew-savvy hints: Make a clean sweep.

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