So how old is this quilt?
Classic applique, chrome orange still vibrant but the green is fading.
Chrome orange not much help 1820-1920.
Fading green probably from a synthetic dye 1880-1930.
Combine those clues and guess 1880-1900
It's dated 1923 in the quilting.
Now that might be an older top quilted later but I have got a collection of photos
here that make me realize the classic applique style continued up into the 1930s.
Turkey red, chrome orange and a fading green
in a four-block set.
"From Margaret Emery, January 1925"
Chrome orange, fading green.
The quilts I've shown here all have a fancy border, something that tends
to go out of style about 1880 (or so I thought.)
The scalloped edge is one clue to a 20th-century quilt here.
"Made by Laura Harding in 1921 for daughter Grace H Baker."
This one from my collection is not exactly classic in its free-form exuberance, but the fabrics---chrome orange, a fading red and a faded green---would lead one to think late-19th century.
Here's the date.
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