However, I feel this quilt was finished in the 1860’s due to the fact that the 4” border was applied by machine.
The woman who created this used a style that she learned at an earlier age.
Whilst personal stories add great depth and interest to historic textiles, they have to match up with the material evidence.
People of the Quaker faith started and ran some the earliest and finest schools in America. The little birds have embroidered food in their beaks. Mother Nature and the Universe were important to this person.The quilt in the photograph above features fabric made using the lapis technique whereby madder red and indigo blue could be printed directly next to each other.This process was invented in 1808 and so cannot feature in a quilt made before this date.All green is over dyed, which means putting yellow over blue or blue over yellow. This would cover a queen bed, or be a wonderful throw at the end of the bed. This quilt has been beautifully made and appears to be in unused condition. It has been hanging in my house for the last 6 years. The nine 16” blocks are bordered with a 4-1/2” wide 18th century hand painted block print fabric.There is a 1/8” border turned over from back to front, indicative of PA.