Thursday, March 5, 2015

'New' Vintage Fabric

My new quilt friend Theresa brought in some vintage fabrics from one of her friends. We all took home something.

There were many 8" squares.






And some various scarps.

 Like this polished cotton.
 I got about a yard of this!It isn't new reproduction fabric. How old is it?

Friends at a Facebook antique quilt group had quilt a discussion about its age.

The print pattern has been around since the 19th c.; it is similar to fabrics common around 1910-9120, but was reproduced in the 1980s. If it were darker, with the dye having bled through to the back, it would indicate an Indigo dye. I knew it was not Indigo. Since it was cut along one side I don't know the original width, which would--perhaps-- have helped date it. It could be from the 1890s to the 1980s!