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ID Number: 1407QA0202

Quilt Title: Dresden Plate

Current location: Centreville, Maryland
Year Acquired: 1995
How Acquired: inherited

About Quilt

Quilt Name or Pattern Used: Dresden Plate

Source of Pattern: Unknown

Owner’s Relationship to Maker: Husband’s grandmother
Did the maker do the quilting? Yes
Made in: Dallas, Pennsylvania, United States
Made for: Birth Made for: Unknown
Used for: Unused
Previously used fabrics: Unknown
Has this quilt been exhibited or entered in competitions? Unknown

Maker Profile

Quiltmaker’s Personal Information

Occupation: Home maker
Highest Education Level Completed: Unknown
Religion: Christian
Environment: Rural
Number of Children: 9
Economic Circumstances of Childhood: Moderate
Economic Circumstances of Marriage: Moderate

Quiltmaker’s Quilting Information

Who taught the quiltmaker how to quilt? Unknown
Where did she learn to quilt? Unknown
At what age did the quilter do most of her quilt-related work? Unknown
Did quilter combine old and new fabrics? Unknown
Major quilt making influences: Millie made a lot of quilt blocks which Kathryn made into quilts and gave to family members (umbrella girl pattern for example)
Did quilter piece her own tops? Unknown
Piecing Preferences: Unknown
Where did quilter get her piecing designs? Unknown
Did quilter put deliberate errors in quilts? Unknown
Did quilter do her own quilting? Unknown
Where did quilter get her quilt designs? Unknown
Did quilter mark her own tops? Unknown
Did she quilt in a group? Unknown
Did she quilt in any bees? Unknown
What season was most quilting done? Unknown
What time of day was quilting done? Unknown
Reason for quiltmaking Unknown
Did she teach her daughters or daughters-in-law to quilt? Yes
Did she teach others to quilt? Unknown
Approximately how many quilts did she produce in her lifetime? 4 to 5
Where are they now? Family members
Did quilter exhibit any of her quilts? No



Type of Object Quilt/Quilting Patterns
Does this object have a SPECIFIC VISUAL ORIENTATION, head to foot? No
If it is a quilt, is it shaped for a four poster bed? No
Is this one of a matched pair? No

More Specific Information

Overall Condition Moderate Use
Measurement Left Side (in inches) 64 1/2
Measurement Bottom (in inches) 80 1/2
Was this made from a kit? No
Does this item have inscribed NAMES, DATES, INITIALS? No
The signers are: Owner
Embroidery thread is made of: Cotton

Quilt Top

Fabric Cotton, Rayon
Fabric Style Solid
Pattern Type Pieced, Applique
Pieced Block repeated
Applique Dresden Plate edged with Turkey Track stitches
Background Color Yellow
List up to 3 predominant colors, most dominant first green, red, blue
Additional Surface Decoration Embroidery Stitches
Embroidery Thread Made of: Cotton
Piecing Techniques Hand
Seams are pressed: To One Side
Width of Seam Allowance in Inches: 1/4″
Are pieces pieced (seam will be visible)? Yes
Do these fabrics appear to have been used previously? No
Applique Techniques Hand
Edges of Applique Turned under
Setting Other
Size of blocks: 16 x 16
Number of Horizontal Blocks 4
Number of Vertical Blocks 5
Is there sashing present? No
Sashing Appliques
Connecting blocks in sashing: Same as sashing
Borders No

Quilting Mechanics

Techniques Hand
1st Measurement 5
2nd Measurement 7
3rd Measurement 5
1st Measurement Rows/Inch 2
2nd Measurement Rows/Inch 3
3rd Measurement Rows/Inch 2

Quilting Patterns

Overall Pattern Yes
What is the overall pattern? Radiating


Fiber content of batting is Cotton
Is the quilting embellished No

Edges and Binding

The edge is shaped in a Straight line
The corners are Butted
The edge is Self-finished by machine
Is the applied edge fabric also found in the top of the quilt? Yes

Other Edge Treatments

Fringe No
Ruffle No
Are folded fabric points present on the edge? Yes
Are the points made of fabric found in the top? Yes

Quilt Back

Fabric Cotton – Solid, Cotton – Chambray
Is the back all one piece of fabric? No
Is the back made from more than one piece of fabric (seams present)? Yes
How many seams are present? 1
Is the back all one style (print) of fabric? Yes
Is the back made up of more than one style (print) of fabric? No
Number of different prints 1
Is back pieced of strips? No
Color of back Yellow
Are different strips used only to attain size? Yes


The object has been altered Yes
Has the object been laundered? Yes
Are stains present? Yes
Stains are present on object Front
Estimate AGE of this object: 1930-1949

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