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It must be remembered that fabrics, especially those used for patchwork and applique, often started their lives as other things (dresses or curtains) before becoming scraps and then part of a quilt, so they may be much older then quilt itself.
Stitching in quilting will help not so much in dating as in locating the origin of the quilt or the maker.
Fabrics that were printed for special occasions were probably used within ten years of the time they were printed.
A knowledgeable quilt expert or appraiser can recognize hundreds of fabrics by their design and colour and can place them within ten or twenty years of their manufacture.
The original copperplates were printed outlines, which were then hand painted, as India clothes were. Early designs included alphabet, maps, historical events and heroes and similar designs, and usually were printed on handkerchiefs in medallion style.
There are also appraisals days held at many large quilt shows and at museums.
In the Victorian era decorative embroidery was introduced over raw edges of heavier fabrics, such as velvet andbrocade, for crazy patchwork quilts.
The main fabrics used in classic quilts are linen, cotton and wool for the wholecloth quilts.
Running stitches were usedin northern Europe, in Provence in southern France and in Britain for wholecloth quilting. In applique the technique of working buttonhole stitch and couched cording over the raw edges was known as Persian embriodery, a method used mainly in France, Italy and Spain, and still known by the French name broderie perse.
In northern Europe, Britain, Germany and Holland,applique was made with turned-under edges, held in place with a slipstitch.One important part of appraising a quilt or any textile is accurate dating.