I admit to knowing very little about quilts, but I believe the fabric on the decorative side to be new fabric from decades ago that was made in a more recent decade into this hand made quilt. (I inherited boxes and boxes of brand new fabric from the 1950's and 60's from my own grandma I wish I had the talent to make a quilt from the bits of material she so carefully wrapped in tissue paper and packed up for a sewing project she never quite got around to). I don't believe it was ever used because the whole thing looks brand new. It would be such a happy quilt for a little girl's room. Solid blue on the reverse side, measures 70 x 96 so it's a good size for a twin bed with a generous drape and cute scalloped edges.