Last week I mentioned I was sidelined with an infection. It was actually a somewhat different problem. So I have been transferred to a nursing home to rehab until I’m ready to return to my apartment.
I don’t want to stop blogging during this time, so I’m going to go back over my history of quilting.
I grew up in New England and never saw any quilts there. Textile mills produced a lot of woven coverlet and it was not like the Midwest where quilting was very popular. After graduation I moved to California, where I found this quilt￼ in an antique shop and bought it because the colors went with my bedroom. I didn’t know how old it was and it cost me $30. I used it on my bed and occasionally ran it through the washer and dryer. Because of the floral design I thought it might be dating back to the 1930s.
￼￼I began to do research to try to determine its age. The red flowers were much lighter and faded compared to the turkey red binding. The chrome orange was a very old natural dye color. The green was blue with yellow overdye. True green dye was not available until the late 1800s.￼
The other major clue is the pattern, which is a variation of Harrison Rose, popular around 1840 after war hero and president William Henry Harrison.￼
Discovering true age of my quilt started me on looking into all the different clues to determine the age of quilts.￼
I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/