Whaler Quilt 1880-1890
|Quilt showing reverse side at right|
The chevron pattern on the quilt is similar to those found on the northwest coast of England, on the Isle of Man and in Northern Ireland. The turkey red fabrics would have come from the Vale of Leven near Glasgow, one of the first places in the UK able to produce the fabric because of the quality of its water. Turkey red dyeing came over from France who were the first Europeans to produce it, but the fabric had been brought in by traders since the 17th century. Turkey red and associated discharge prints were very popular as it was the first red dye that did not fade or bleed.
|Contrast fabrics, blocks were patched together|
The quilt was donated by Mr White's nephew.
Paper pieced hexagons tablecloth circa 1840
|Front showing delicate stars created from pieced hexagons|