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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:30 pm    Post subject: home made quilts Reply with quote

I was looking at an old quilt my wife was going to send to quilt heaven. Before doing so I would like to ask if anyone knows if a longhunter would have used such a covering? It is lighter than wool and would be good for a fall trek. I realize that no one would be there to judge me (except for myself) but I want to do it right.

Thanks up front for any input.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say that we are more aware of the use of blankets because they were trade goods, they could be found in merchant inventories, and many of those inventories have been recorded as part of the historical record. A thriving international industry was making big money from their distribution and sale. Quilts, on the other hand, were strictly homemade and small-scale - never intended for mass production, and therefore never suitable for large-scale capitalist gain. Because no batteau was ever laden with quilts and cordelled up a river for trade with primitive Native tribes they don't play a very significant role in recorded history. But they were certainly on the scene throughout the historical period. I would think that it would almost be a certainty that somebody carried a quilt with them across the frontier. Because they were made by caring hands at home the bearer of a quilt would probably have been some kind of family man, and not the romantic nomad who peoples our imagination about the characters that broke timber and trapped beaver. I can't recall ever seeing a quilt in a colonial or a frontiersman's death inventory, but it might just have been annotated as "blanket" by the notary.

All in all, the only limitation that I see on quilt carrying in a historical reenactment situation would be to not carry one with day-glo colored fabrics, and one that was stitched in a traditional pattern. Go for it!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:18 pm    Post subject: quilts Reply with quote

Mine is of faded, muted colors from old worn out material. No matting between the top and bottom. Back side is of faded white material. This is not a blanket for temperatures below the 50's. This is a typical home made blanket of average means.
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