A long time ago Margaret signed and dated this quilt giving us an opportunity to use it as a teaching tool for dating quilts.
I have a new feature on the American Quilt Study Group's Facebook page. Once a month in 2018 I will post an antique quilt with the date on it (and not tell you the date). Readers can guess a date and tell us why they picked that particular year.
After a week I'll post the actual date and those who came closest will get a a fat quarter of reproduction fabric in the mail.
We can all learn something by the crowd-sourced dating information. Here are some of the educated guesses about Margaret's quilt:
(I hadn't noticed that chevron applique Teri. Just assumed those were diamonds)
Barbara G: 1860-1870 turkey red print set Foulard, yellow in the small figures, Indiennes? Block set on point? Vines on the border
Kay: 1848, though it could be later if someone saved fabrics. Double row quilting, yellow green with a simple print, and "Carolina lily" variation say early red and green to me. No chintz or interesting prints to date it much earlier. Repeated block pattern tends to be early or much later. Later greens tend to have more blue, but hard to tell if my computer screen makes it look different than it is.
Margaret C. Roberts her quilt
done March the 7th
Here's who guessed 1848: Kathy, Kay & Roberta. And as Teri said: "A lot of us were pretty darn close." We AQSG members are really good at this. And if you want to get good make a guess and read their comments each month in 2018.
We'll do it again in February. Check the AQSG Facebook page: