Quiltmaking and patchwork have been popular pastimes in the U.S. since the 1700s, and today quilts are highly collectible as works of folk art with historical significance (or just nice to look at). Antique quilts vary widely in design and materials, and can be hard to date definitively because they may have been assembled in phases from older quilts or blocks.

Made from a variety of materials, from elaborate fabrics to scraps of old clothing and sometimes even old feedsacks, quilts have both a functional and social significance. Groups of women often gathered to create quilts together, and the finished result was sometimes given as a gift for a special occasion (like a wedding) or as a symbol of friendship. Quilts can also document a family’s history as the pieces sewn together can come from baby blankets, old clothes, etc.

Antique quilts are typically categorized by style (broad classification) and pattern (of the individual blocks). Some notable styles include central motif, log cabin, album, circular, star, patriotic, thematic, representational, whole-cloth, charm, utility, signature, medallion, redwork, appliqué small block, applique 4-block, strippey, Colonial Revival, Amish and crazy quilts, among others.

Some notable patterns (of individual blocks) include Sunbonnet Sue, fan, log cabin, Rose of Sharon, 9-patch, Lone Star, Whig’s Defeat, Pot and Flowers, hole in the barn door, bowtie, and so on. There are some situations when the pattern (block) name was also used as the style name (this was common in the 20th century), such as Sunbonnet Sue, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Dresden Plate and Double Wedding Ring.


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NWAOnline, August 28th

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Entry deadline for Little Balkans Quilt Show in offing
Joplin Globe, August 27th

Young quilters' work and antique quilts will be on display only, not judged, and pay no entry fee. All quilts entered must have been made in the past three years and not entered in the Little Balkans Quilt Show previously. Entry participants do not...Read more

What's Happening
Rochelle News Leader, August 27th

1 p.m. and 7 p.m. –– Lori Lee Triplett of Quilt and Textile Collections will present at Sinnissippi Quilters on vintage quilts and Turkey Red dye. She will presents “Red and Green Quilts for Christmas...Not” at 1 p.m. and “The Fabric Detective” at 7 p...Read more

Times Staff Report
Gadsden Times, August 26th

Clothing and shoes, eight antique quilts, 100 DVDs, three wooden ducks, bedsheets and pillowcases, framed pictures, four flower pots with flowers, a digital camera, a DVD player, three rods and reels, a tackle box and a jewelry box containing jewelry...Read more

For upcoming fiber exhibits, “passport” could be your trip to prizes!
Wet Mountain Tribune, August 26th

“Both new and antique quilts are welcome,” stated a press release. “Antique quilts will not be hung, but will be displayed flat on a table and will be protected by a plastic cover. Entries should be brought to the 'Westcliff' schoolhouse on South...Read more

Antique and vintage quilt exhibit and sale in Milford
Cincinnati.com, August 21st

The Greater Milford Area Historical Society will host its fifth Annual Antique and Vintage Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Promont, 906 Main St., Milford. The event will feature approximately 50 antique, vintage and new quilts...Read more

Extensive quilt collection on display at Stanley-Whitman House
West Hartford News, August 19th

FARMINGTON >> The extensive, highly personal quilt collection of Farmington resident Sherra Palmer will be showcased in a special exhibition at the Stanley-Whitman House Museum through Sept. 13. The exhibition features 21 quilts and many smaller ...Read more

Quilt collection on display
Indiana Gazette, August 13th

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