15 September, 2008

Mom's Dresden Plate Quilt, with Pattern History

Mom recently finished a baby quilt for Ted's new niece, Anaiah Christine. If you click on the images, you can enlarge them to see the hand stitches. It took her ages to finish.

The pattern is known as Dresden Plate. According to Judy Ann Breneman of Quilt Patterns from History, the Dresden Plate quilt pattern was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It came under a variety of names, including Grandmother's Sunburst, Friendship Ring, Aster, Dahlia, and Sunflower.

Breneman goes on to say: "The popular name for this quilt, Dresden Plate, reflects the romance of the Victorian Era with its love of elaborate decoration on household items and d├ęcor. Dresden, Germany was a center of 19th century romanticism movement in art, one that included the fine decoration of porcelain. The plates were embellished with elaborate design using flowers, fruits and foliage. The beautiful plates would surely have been admired by women of the early 20th century."

Here's Ted's dad, Bob, with little Anaiah.


Jean Martha said...

that quilt is incredible!!! we were putzing around Lancaster PA (Amish) and I kept thinking of your Mom at every turn. Quilts as far as the eye could see!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I don't know which to rave about more: your mom's quilts and the hard work they entail, or how darn cute Anaiah is.

Joanne said...

ILU--When I read your blog posts about Lancaster, all I could think of was, oooh, Mom would have loved that trip! I think I'll have to do a mother-daughter road trip with her soon.

Tonia--I don't usually get all mushy about babies, but would you look at that hair on Anaiah! I just want to fly out to Albuquerque so I can ruffle it.