Pattern Name: Wheel of Fortune
Quilting: utility quilting in the blocks with fussy leaf quilting in the relief
Material: plant dyed calico - in browns, greens, and white with beautiful red binding
Heritage: This quilt was found in Ohio. An older plant dyed piece - this quilt is quite breathtaking. Someone has taken great care to preserve and store this quilt. It is from the late 1870s-1880s. The quilt features a beautiful wheel of fortune pattern with fantastic fussy quilting in the relief. The binding is a thin red binding. The sweetest part about this quilt is the variation of color in the blocks at the corner - they do not match the rest of the quilt in color, but they do in style. The stitching is roughly 8 stitches per inch, which required an expert quilter.
Condition: Overall the piece is in good condition for its age. There are spots where the brown dye is fugitive, which is not uncommon with brown dyes - as these are more unstable. You can see the green starting to fade back to its indigo beginnings in some areas. There are no major rips or tears, but a few storage stains. There are also a few small seam separations, but still sturdy. Overall, this is a truly beautiful quilt and would be wonderful to display. Due to the nature of the dyes, this quilt should be stored out of direct sunlight.
NOTE: This would not be a quilt to wash, but to leave outside in the sun (under a clean white sheet) for a few warm, sunny days. This is the traditional cleaning method for these types of quilts and would be appropriate here.
Wheel of Fortune
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