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These quilts were produced starting in the mid 80’s so they are starting to show up at estate sales across the country.

People who buy up estates assume that if a quilt has hand stitching and is found at an estate sale it must be old.

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.

And I ALWAYS wish the maker had signed and dated her work. (In the quilt business I guess we say anything older than 1840 is REALLY OLD.) One clue to a pre-1860 quilt is the fringed edge.

Leigh at Heart Cottage Quilts has done a fantastic article about reproduction quilts.