Antique Coral Dresden Plate Blocks

 
Antique Coral Unfinished Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

As I said yesterday (and the day before), I have gone a little crazy and bought three sets of antique, unfinished quilt blocks on eBay: a set of light ocean waves, a set of bright ocean waves and these coral Dresden Plates. (Update: Nowadays I like to find unfinished quilt blocks on Etsy!) I have to say, when you see these in person, you can’t help but wonder why the quilt never got finished. I mean, these are all stitched entirely by hand. SO MUCH WORK.

Antique Coral Unfinished Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

But I guess that’s one of those mysteries. Maybe by the time the quilter was done she was tired of the blocks. Or maybe she was unhappy about the fading on some of the blocks. You can see here they were left partially in the sun and faded.

Antique Coral Unfinished Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

We will never know. But in the meantime, I just love looking at them. There’s quite a few, 16 or 17 I think, and they are full of antique prints. Almost all are original 1930s feedsack prints as far as I can tell:

Antique Coral Unfinished Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

Thought there’s a few florals that might be from the 1940s. I’m not a quilt historian so I’m not sure. But again it’s a great example of what an authentic quilt from that range would look like. It’s not perfect and it’s not all pastels. There’s red and black and purple and lots of blue. Again, lots of gingham and polka dots.

Antique Coral Unfinished Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

What I find most remarkable about these is that there are no men’s shirting fabrics in here. Most of the quilts I have seen from this period have plenty of men’s shirtings, but this one doesn’t. It’s all feedsacks and ginghams.

Antique Coral Unfinished Dresden Plate Blocks via www.helloquilting.com

With that coral background, I wonder if it was intended for a young girl? Well, again, we’ll never know. But I think I will finish this one. It really begs to be done since all the blocks are done already. And what a cheerful quilt it will be!! It’s that coral background that really called me when I bid on it.

What’s your favorite of the unfinished pieces I’ve found so far?

Much love,

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Update: As I thought, I decided to finish this quilt! You can follow along on the Antique Dresden Plate Quilt Timeline.