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Seeing and touching quilts like these always makes me hold my breath while I try to absorb as much of it as I can. Several clues made her think this quilt was really old.

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Vintage and antique quilts serve as handsome decorating pieces, particularly in older or historical homes.

If you've found or purchased a quilt, you may want to know when or where it was made.

If the stitches are precisely uniform in size and spacing, the quilt was probably machine-stitched.

Many antique quilts were made in odd sizes that don't fit modern beds.

Excitedly I bid on another, a large early 20th century quilt (so they said), that from a distance was visually dynamic, colorful and in great shape. I say thankfully because when I took my finds to my quilt study group, they told me what I had actually bought.

The early log cabin was a cut down large log-cabin.

MATERIAL CULTURE' height='288px; ' id='Header1_headerimg' src=' Jxx O-C9s/WPyef UGu Fu I/AAAAAAABPe Y/FQyp FKzw Sq8ndp Jxi ZGsg M2Nkp1Wxw ETQCK4B/s1600/spring+2017.jpg' style='display: block' width='1008px; '/Yesterday a friend blew me away with an OLD quilt she recently got from her sister.

There is NO history - only that her sister's Mother-in-law was an antique dealer (many years ago).

Look closely at the stitching throughout the whole quilt.

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