Well, the Vermont Quiltsearch team explored this question with many individuals who brought their pre-1960 quilts to the show. The antique quilt experts talked to the audience about the age, patterns & condition of each quilt brought to the afternoon of exploration.
It was so interesting!
I couldn't believe how quickly the 2 hours flew. These two experts have examined over 6,600 quilts sharing their knowledge of the quilts brought to them by individuals like you & me.
Too bad they do this only in Vermont since they are on the state team there.
I will simply show you a couple of the quilts here. I was so busy looking at the quilts & listening to them, I must have forgotten to take pictures.
When I returned home I couldn't believe how few pictures I had taken. Sorry . . .
This crazy quilt was awesome! It was full of wools, satins, cottons, all textiles plus the maker had embroidered all the blocks with fabulous threads & stitches.
Around the outside on the black border beginning in the bottom right hand corner, she had embroidered lovely designs & this message in capital letters, "THIS WAS MADE BY GRAMMA A.M. FARNSWORTH, AGE 95 YEARS OLD. THIS IS NOT ALL THE FANCY WORK I EVER MADE BUT I MUST QUIT THIS AND GO TO WORK AT SOMETHING ELSE. WELL CALL AROUND, GOODBY"
In the bottom left corner is embroidered the year 1811. Unbelievable!!