Cotton Sateen Quilts
Cotton sateen was used in Illinois Amish quilts from about 1900 to the 1940s. It was most popular in the 1920s and 1930s. This lustrous fabric offered the soft feel of silk in a washable and strong cotton. It was often used for dresses, slips, and children’s clothing. When used in quilts, it provided an effective background for emphasizing quilting stitches. Amish women could purchase cotton sateen from peddlers who served the community, dry goods stores in Arthur and Arcola, and by mail order from Sears & Roebuck or Montgomery Ward.
The shiny effect of cotton sateen is achieved by the long cotton threads that float on the surface of the fabric. With the satin weave structure, these threads interlace less often with the crosswise threads than they do in a plain weave.
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Size: 3 items