Please Help Date Me

Please help me date this beautiful Dresden Plate quilt that I found at our local Goodwill. She is just lovely and in almost pristine condition. Aside for half dozen small size rusty looking spots, I can find nothing else wrong with her.


The back is a solid white, heavy, coarse cotton, the same as used on the front.



While material patterns are reproduced, I have enlarged two sections of material I am hoping will give you a clue.



In the photo above you can see one of those tiny spots. When I first brought her home she was dirty, with numerous yellowish discolored areas. A good dry cleaning and she cleaned up beautifully.


The quilt measures 61″ X 81″ and each plate block measures 15″ X 15″ What concerns me about her is the connecting stitching of the plate blocks which appears way to tight to be hand stitched and seems to me to be machine stitched (?) They most certainly could be.


I would love to hear from you with any thoughts or opinions on the age and construction of this beauty.


8 thoughts on “Please Help Date Me

  1. Deb April 23, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    My guess… a few pieces might be late1920’s mostly 1930’s into some 1940’s… there are feed sacks used, the darker pink and the pieces ,yellow and pink with little dolls are as is Mickey Mouse ,and the aqua . The white is either feed sack or muslin . Beautiful quilt!

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady April 23, 2019 / 4:21 pm

      Thank you, Deb, for chiming in. I suspected some feed sacks were used and the white possibly feed sack but muslin could actually be it. I appreciate your help 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Texas Quilter April 23, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    Now I am not a professional but I think I see some 1930’s or maybe some 1970’s? If feed sack then it must be in the ’30’s or ’50’s. Someone more knowledgeable than me will help you I am sure. Hugs

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady April 23, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      Thank you, Nanette. I always appreciate your input. Hugs back to you 🙂


  3. KerryCan April 24, 2019 / 10:10 am

    You have the most amazing luck at your Goodwill store! I’ve never seen this variation of the Dresden plate, with the pointy pink design on top of the traditional “plate”–it’s really striking!

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady April 24, 2019 / 1:32 pm

      I am not sure if it’s amazing luck or just our store is amazing but either way you are right. I too have never seen this variation with the pointy design of this block and I looked online a bit for it. The center is striking too.


  4. magpiesue April 30, 2019 / 3:48 pm

    Quilts are dated by the most recent fabric that has been used in the piecing. So while there may be some older prints in the top, I’d guess this was made in the 1950’s. Keep in mind that women pieced out of their scraps and those scraps could often span generations. No matter the actual date of this quilt she’s a beauty. Congratulations on your find!

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady April 30, 2019 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you for your thoughts on this. I totally agree with all you have written, I suspected some later material pieces as well so your guess and explanation makes total sense ~ Sharon

      Liked by 1 person

I would love to hear from you

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.