MATERIAL CULTURE' height='382px; ' id='Header1_headerimg' src=' XIAchl Hl_I/WYy9DEe X2g I/AAAAAAABSJ4/w Orr XPVatyw R1uzzb ZECHk4KGH0e LVBYg CK4BGAYYCw/s1600/2017+stanne.jpg' style='display: block' width='1044px; '/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).I can’t count how many times I have had a seller tell me that the estate told them that the quilt was made by the grandmother , or great-aunt, or assorted other ancestors, when in fact they were made in China.Family history is often a fuzzy thing, and quilt history can’t be based on assumptions.At the start of the 20th century, dark colors were very prevalent in the quilts.American society was deeply affected both by the losses of the Civil War and the cultural trend begun in England by a mourning Queen Victoria.
There are many quilts out there that are reproduction quilts.
Like, antimony or chrome orange, chrome greens and yellows were popular in the period from about 1860 to 1880 and were produced, often in the home, from highly toxic chemical dye powders.
Rich chocolate brown (think the color of a milk chocolate bar, hence the alternate name ‘Hershey’ brown) was often paired with white in quilts.
During the 1920s, a huge array of solid and calico fabrics was created, celebrating the vibrancy of that decade.
With the stock market crash of 1928, those same cheerful colors would become one of the very few ways women could brighten their homes during the hard times to come.