Sunday, May 23, 2010

1850-1909 Quilt Excavation Part #2

What follows are close-ups of the fabrics from the quilt I wrote about in my last post, Quilt Excavation Part 1.  I call this quilt "1909-Mary" because that is how it is signed and dated.

Pursuing the fabric's history.

I think this quilt may contian a real mixture of fabrics that cover a couple of decades, if not more. I won't know for sure until I start taking it apart.

The dark chocolate fabric below with the blue center

reminds me of copperplate prints from the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Was this a reproduction attempt in the 1880s of that look?

Or is this an actual scrap of a very early fabric?


Read Excavation Part #1 by clicking here;
Excavation Part #3 by clicking here:
Excavation Part #4 by clicking here.


  1. This is getting more and more interesting.
    I saw a star or churn dash on rubylane with this same double pink polka dot. Seller said it was called Mennonite red as it was so popular with midwest Mennonites in the last quarter 19th c. Have you heard of this?

  2. Hi Sandra. Thanks for stopping by to enjoy the research with me. I have not heard that statement about "Mennonite pink" before. I shall have to ask some of my other quilt history friends what they have heard about ths color. However, I did have one highly respected quilt historian tell me that as you get closer to the 20th century you will see a "more pinkish tone" begin to appear in fabrics (vs. reddish) as well as outright pink.