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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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My Mentor Alma Ayres (1919 – 1988)

There is only one woman who has profoundly influenced my life beyond anything I could ever have imagined. Her name was Alma.

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And because of this I have decided to dedicate this quilting blog to her. I fell in love with hand quilting through her. Alma Wall was born May 31, 1919, Chickasaw, Pontotoc, Oklahoma. The year of this picture was about 1975/76. That’s Alma in the middle of her beautiful king size, entirely hand sewn quilt. Isn’t it spectacular? From left to right, me, her son Edward Leon (my boyfriend at the time), Mike, next to him his wife Sherron, Alma’s daughter, grandson (oh my his name escapes me right now) son of her oldest child Donald, and on the end was her youngest son Jerry. Sadly Alma, Leon, Mike, Jerry, Don and one other daughter, Barbara, have all past now.

Such unbelievable wonderful memories and quilts, I don’t think she ever put the needle down. I am so blessed to have this photo. I look at it and think, in all of the moves, in all the chapters of my life, thank goodness this picture managed to survive. Thank you Alma Wall Ayres for enriching my life beyond comprehension. ©

 

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