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Jan/Feb 2007

Material Pleasures Jan/Feb Newsletter


January/February Special

20% off all Antique and Vintage Lace Items.   

Special Good from January 1st to February 28th.

You can view Lace here:  http://www.materialpleasures.com/Antique-Vintage-Lace_c_17.html 



February 3rd-4th: Princeton/Lawrenceville Antiques Show at the National Guard Armory, 151 Eggert Crossing Rd , in Lawrenceville , NJ .  Forty dealers presenting the finest antiques.  11-5 both days, admission is $7 to benefit Womanspace, helping women and children in crisis. 

February 10th - 11thLove Apple Quilters present With loving Hands Quilt Show at the Enterprise Center at Burlington County College in Mount Laurel , NJ .  Please contact me for more information.

Embroidered Kit Top

Butterfly Die Cut Pieces

Butterfly Die Cuts
Today's Quilt Kits
A Common Question:
"How can I tell if my vintage quilt is a Kit Quilt?"

A Kit Quilt is a quilt that was put together from a kit.  They seem to have been around since the early 1900s and continue to be produced today.   A kit could have been offered in a few different ways, each with the purpose of making a quilt the easy way.  Some kits would have an appliqué design stamped on the whole cloth background or blocks so that the included fabrics could be easily placed.  Quilting lines were also stamped on these wholecloth kits, so you would know exactly how to quilt it.   Other quilt kits that were stamped, were for embroidery.  I have come across many like this from Paragon and Bucilla, and there were other manufacturers. 

These were usually children's designs, but I have also seen embroidered flowers, peacocks, and a Sunbonnet Lady.  The third kind of kit you would find, were for pieced quilts.  Small boxes contained fabrics in hexagon, squares, and diamonds that were die cut, and extremely accurate.  Most of the time, the quilt kits used solid fabrics, but there were feedsack print kits available, too.  I have seen die cut butterflies in feedsack prints to be appliquéd, as well as die cut hexagons in feedsacks for a grandmother's flower garden quilt.  Most of the diamond shapes were solid, to create the Lone Star quilt. 

So, to determine if your vintage quilt was from a kit, try to take a peak under the appliqué pieces.can you see any of the stamped blue lines?  Can you see any blue dotted lines under the quilting?  Or under the embroidery?  Can you see a manufacturer's identification stamped on the edges of the quilt top or embroidered spread?  And the other clue is, have you seen other quilts like yours?   The lone star quilt kit had very specific color ways like red, white, and blue or greens and yellow. 

Today, kits are a big in the quilt market.  It helps today's quilters by saving them time in fabric selection and cutting.  But most of today's kits are using fabric right from the bolt.  Essentially, a quilter can choose her own fabrics for a quilt, and they could be the same ones in the quilt kit.  It will be much harder to differentiate whether a quilt from the 1990s on forward was created by a kit. 

Feature Article: "Antique Quilt Dating Guide" Review

Have you ever been at an auction, flea market, garage sale, antique shop, or even online.and stumble on what you think is the perfect quilt, but wish you could accurately date it before buying it?  Ever doubt the sales tag on an antique quilt and want to be sure? 

No one, not even a serious antique dealer, wants to lug around their quilt reference book collection.  Quilt historian, Dr. Kimberly Wulfert, has come up with an easy and portable reference tool to date your quilts fast!


She has created two Antique Quilt Dating Guides that organize quilts by their STYLE and then by their date in a concise chart form. 


They are small enough to carry with you, in your purse, or leave them in your glove compartment in your car.  They are sturdy, lightweight, and resist tearing and moisture.  And the format makes information so easy to find, and so easy to learn.  The guides use quilt style as the primary reference point, and then groups each quilt style be an era.  


There are two guides available.  One guide covers Quilts in America from 1775 to 1900, the other covers Quilts in America from 1900 to 1950. 

With the earlier guide, you will be able to differentiate and date signature styles of a quilt, hexagon quilts, mourning quilts, border styles, and more.  Over 90 quilt styles are included. 

In the later guide, Dr. Wulfert reviews distinguishing features of 20th century quilts.  Over 35 styles are described in detail, and as a whole as they are differentiated in a checklist from 19th century quilts.

These Quick Guides are perfect for quilt collectors, dealers, study groups, and anyone who wants to learn about dating quilts. 


The information is accurate, covering all the common styles during the eras they were popular.  As you go across the chart, you will learn how particular styles changed over the decades.  And when you get home, use them in conjunction with fabric dating guides to narrow down the date of your quilt.  There will be exceptions, or course, so practice, and exposure to more antique quilts will sharpen your skills.  But I think you find yourself returning to these guides again and again because of the wealth of information that is included. 


The Antique Quilt Dating Guide 1775-1900 retails for $19.95.  The 1900 to 1950 Guide retails for $9.95.


These Antique Quilt Guides offer information never presented before in such a clear and concise format. 


Material Pleasures carries both guides.

My best,
Material Pleasures
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