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Catalog Number 2007.049.002
Description Dresden Plate Quilt Top, 1937. Cotton quilt top has a machine-pieced ground comprised of 7 off-white blocks down the length of the quilt and 6 across the width. The blocks contain hand-appliquéd 8-petal flowers secured with a black straight stitch. The flowers are composed with multiple calico fabrics and each row shows a different color (from bottom left to right: blue, purple, pink, green, yellow, blue). A blue outer border and pink inner border with mitered corners frame the quilt top. Quarter-inch binding in light blue cotton around edge. An embroidered signature is visible in the bottom left corner that reads, "JBF / 1937."
Object Name Quilt, Bed
Collection 3D - Bedding
Title Dresden Plate Quilt Top, 1937
Date 1937
Creator Unknown
Role Quiltmaker
Inscription Text "JBF / 1937" (embroidered in black thread at bottom right corner)
Provenance Belonged To Mrs. Dorothea C. Hoefler of Los Altos
Notes "The Dresden Plate quilt pattern was one of the most popular quilts made during the 1920s and 30s. It was first published in the 20s but not always under the name Dresden Plate. Grandmother's Sunburst, Friendship Ring, Aster, Dahlia and Sunflower are all names I've seen for this pattern.

Dresden Plate with Ice Cream Cone border The 1930s version is usually easy to date because of the typical floral prints of the period. Some were made with prettily patterned feedsacks while a few were done with solid prints.

This quilt is made of blocks with fabric appliquéd in a series of radiating "petals" with flat sides. Usually they radiate from a central circle which is more representative of a flower than a plate thus the flower names seen for this pattern.

friendship ring variationA few Dresden Plate quilt blocks are made with a smooth outer circle as seen to the right. More often the ends of the "petals" are be rounded or pointed like the illustration below. Occasionally the pointed and curved forms are combined. You will see an example of that in the pattern I've designed.

pointed and curved ends on the petalsThe popular name for this quilt, Dresden Plate, reflects the romance of the Victorian Era with its love of elaborate decoration on household items and décor. 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."
Dimensions H-93 W-81.25 D-0.125 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Quilt
Subjects Quilting
People Hoefler, Dorothea C.