Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Way-Back Wednesday - 7

This week's quilt is a Dresden Plate that Grandma made in the early years of her marriage - most likely the late 1930s or early 1940s. All these pictures were taken at night, so the lighting is not as pleasing as it would be if I'd taken them during daylight hours. I hope it isn't too distracting.

The very neat pattern of the repeated pink in the 4 opposing positions of the plate make this a very interesting Dresden Plate quilt, in my opinion. It is in good condition, and like most of the others of my old quilts, could use a good cleaning.

It is fun to study the prints Grandma used in these plates. I should compare them to some of the other quilts from this same general time period to see if I can see repeats.

The quilting looks pretty awesome, too, and this is what Grandma always prided herself in. She never wanted anyone's toenail to snag a too-large stitch! And I think she wanted to impress her mother-in-law, too, who was none too kind to Grandma, to hear her tell it.

That statement above about its good condition must be footnoted. It would be in fabulous condition, had Grandpa not gotten hold of it and used it as protection for furniture in a move they were making.

When Grandma told me about this, it still made her mad! Funny! This was something like 70 years ago, for Heaven's sake!

Here's a second worn spot that Grandpa was responsible for making.

This stain is the worst I could find, but be sure that there are several others that are less prominent. You can also see, in those border shots above, the soiled edges.

Happy Quilting, Friends!


  1. Your grandmother's Dresden is a beauty-------- that darn grandpa.

  2. I love her idea of the four pinks in each, it really stabilizes the plates. Gives the eyes a place to rest from the busyness of the block.


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