Did you have a good weekend?
Today let's talk about the back of old quilts. At quilt study, the back of the quilt can be as important as the front. In Pennsylvania, what is used as backing can provide us with important clues as to the ethnicity of the maker. For those of you outside our state, you may be wondering why.
The Pennsylvania Germans often used printed calico for their backings. This is in contrast to quilts made in other areas of the country that had plain muslin backings.
Many historians cite that the Pennsylvania Germans were affluent and could afford to use a nice calico instead of muslin on the back of their quilts. Here's an example:
I'm not sure is if quilters outside the state used this kind of fabric as well. Do you know about your area?