Plates, Asters, Sunflowers, and Always Friendship

There are so many varieties of what we frequently call the Dresden Plate motif. Most traditional designs, but not all, that use the name have round edges. Those with pointed edges are most commonly called Sunflower or Aster or Daisy, although you can see some references to them also as Dresden Plate. Yes, it is confusing, but most of that name over-lap comes from Depression-era newspapers. Both kinds of edges were used in Friendship Quilts.

In 1933, the Cincinnati Enquirer published a photo of a Dresden Plate quilt from “Home Art Studios”. They extolled it as a way to turn a shabby bedroom cheerful and modern while saying that the readers’ great-grandmothers delighted in making them. (from Jenny Beyer’s Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, 2009).

Several of our readers have shared with us their own interpretations of the timeless classic. Thanks go to Linda, Janice, Tracy and Carrie for sharing them with us all.

from: Linda Gold Deis: “This is a great example of how someone’s quilting changes over the years. I will forever think of this as my “First Gulf War” quilt. I quilted it sitting listening to CNN and the horrors of the first gulf war. That said, this quilt is hand Appliqu√ąd and hand quilted. The diagonal background quilting is done at 1/2″. Feather motifs highlight the centers of the Dresden Plates and also the intersections of the blocks. Each wedge of the quilt has four radiating lines of quilting. My Mom loved this quilt so much she insisted on entering it in the county fair. It took the blue ribbon. It was one of my wedding presents to my oldest daughter. While I would never do a quilt like this again, it’s fun to look back on the simplicity of some of my earlier pieces.”

We love Linda’s classic vintage approach. Sometimes in hard times like war we do get our inspiration from the generations that came before.

from: Janice Fowler: “A photo from Janice”

from: Tracy Hill: “I made this for my sweet sister.”

from: Carrie Ross Ferguson: “Bedspread for parents. “

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