Antique Quilts

Written by Rebecca Russell
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When I was younger, my mother ran an antique store out of our house. Antiques had always been her passion and she was lucky enough to turn that passion into a lucrative career. She haunted estate sales, auctions and other antique stores in search of items she knew would bring business and result in satisfied customers. Her specialty was antique quilts.

Over the years, I learned a few things about quilt patterns, stitching and color with regard to selling price and customer demand. It certainly helped that we had two large pieces hanging in our dining room and in our kitchen. The fact remains that buyers will almost always pay for good quality, no matter how old the product.

Recognizing a Quality Antique Quilt

By definition, antique quilts will be slightly worn and slightly faded. If you are lucky, however, you may find one that has been well kept with colored patches that are almost as bright as when they were first quilted together. These are among the most valuable antiques and can be a wonderful addition to any collection.

One of the most important aspects of purchasing an antique quilt, whether for resale or for personal enjoyment, is knowing the proper way to clean it. Antiques have been used or stored for many years and often have a few stains and spots to show their age. Obviously, an antique cannot be carelessly thrown into a washing machine. There are many tips about spot cleaning and soap solutions available on the Internet.


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