My First Quilt

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 Cynthia at

14 thoughts on “My First Quilt

  1. Oh Paula, I am so sorry to hear that you are having health issues especially ones that take you away from your quilting and fabric. I enjoyed your first post and it sounds like you have some good plans for tthe time you will be spending away from your precious fabric. I will look forward to other posts.


  2. jobutterz

    Paula, I hope you are back on your feet with a speedy recovery. I hope to follow your reminiscing and enjoy reading about your journey. It is a beautiful first quilt to get you started.


  3. Louise Hornor

    Clearly, you had a good eye for great quilts right from the very beginning! Do you still have this beauty? Best of luck for a speedy recovery, Paula.


  4. catkiz

    Paula, best wishes and hugs for you as you continue to heal. I hope you’ll return home soon! In the meantime, it’s good to hear from you. May you have a wonderful Christmas with your family! xo


  5. smilesfromkate

    I love the stories of your quilts Paula. I have no family history of quilting and I love to hear what got others interested too. I hope you are home and well enough to quilt again soon.


  6. Hi Paula,
    I admire that in spite of your situation you are still blogging! I lost my blogging mojo a few months ago and am trying to get up the umph to get going again. That quilt you found is amazing! So am I reading you right and it is from the 1840’s or earlier? Wow!


  7. kaholly

    Your antique quilts are pretty awesome! Pink Doxies blogs about quilt history, too, and it’s so fascinating. Hope this late comment finds you feeling much better and heading home soon.


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