My First Quilt

No, this was not the first quilt I made, but the first one I ever had. I grew up in New England, where quilts were not part of my background. In fact, I don’t remember ever seeing one until I moved to California. I was collecting antique silver, like pieces I had inherited. I saw a teapot in a shop window and went in. There was a quilt draped over a chair. I loved the rose-colored flowers, which matched my bedroom colors, and the price of $35 was right so I bought it.

So I took it home and put it through the wash !!! I thought it might be old, perhaps from the 1930’s. I used it on our bed while we had a baby and a litter of kittens.

I started researching to find out more about it. From clues in the quilt and Quilters Newsletter I found that it was a variations of Harrison Rose, named for William Henry Harrison, a military hero, who died after one month in office in 1841. This dates it from about the 1840’s. A hundred years older! So no more kids and cats on it.

Here you can see the rose, orange and green popular in Baltimore Album Quilts. The binding may have been replaced later because it is the Turkey red of post Civil War.

This view shows the damage to the red caused by the mordants used in the dyeing process, while the other colors are not affected.

Here you see hearts in the Quilting. These hearts were found in quilts made for brides, probably by family and friends.

Since I bought it in California, I like to think that it came overland in a covered wagon with newlyweds during the Gold Rush. I really cherish it and my love of antique quilts and Quilting.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into our heritage as women moving forward.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/ and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

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