Vintage Dresden Plate Quilt

This Dresden Plate quilt was given to us by Kelly’s grandmother, Louise Collins when we were newly married, many years ago.

001Louise was born in 1895. If she were still living, she would be 119 years old!

027It was given to Louise by her good friend Cathy Dunbar of Vancouver, BC.

002I am relying on memory, but I think Louise told me that the quilt was actually made by Cathy Dunbar’s sister, whose name I do not know.

033The quilt appears to be machine pieced. The applique is done by hand.

008It is hand quilted.

019She used green thread 🙂

035I don’t know how old the quilt is, but I am guessing it was made in the 1940s. At least, the fabrics appear to be from the 1930s and 1940s.


I am most definitely not a fabric historian, so if anyone of you can date these fabrics, please let  me know your opinion on its age.

026It’s in rough shape. The backing has mostly rotted away.

025Definitely005 well-used and well-loved.

We used if for several years on our bed at the cabin.

smaller corner shotI washed the quilt on delicate cycle and put it in the sun to dry.  It was very grubby, but came out nice and bright.



This old quilt just makes me smile. I hope Cathy Dunbar’s sister is smiling down on us as we continue to use and enjoy it.


  1. Oh I just love this 🙂 I have an antique too…linked it up to the hand-quilting link…it’s from my grandma and what got me in to quilting 🙂
    I love the fabrics in yours..they are different from the ones that I have in mine but that extreme amount of quilting is quite similar.

  2. What a treasure you have there and I am sure Cathy’s sister would be very happy to know it has been used and is loved still. Not very good on dating quilts so cannot help you there. My guess would be late 20’s early 1930’s.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!