Dating quilt fabric book
The chasuble was probably deliberately made in patchwork so that if a priest were challenged, it could pass as a bedcover.For example, the clearly defined cross would probably have escaped detection when the garment was folded or rolled.In the early 1800's, it was made by overdoing yellow with blue.Later in the century, the process was reversed, overdying blue with yellow.Reliable permanent dyes were widely available in the mid 1800's.However, green was considered fugitive - it often washed out or faded.Recusant Catholic priests traveled to private houses to celebrate mass in peril of their lives, and many were forced to disguise themselves as peddlers, carrying their sacramental paraphernalia around in backpacks.Catholic families built hiding places in their mansions that are known today as "priest holes".
The oldest quilts in the Smithsonian collection go back to about 1780.Walnut hulls, hickory nut hulls, clay, or wood chips made brown.A deep brown with warm accents was made using manganese.The maker was Elizabeth Belling Arundel, a member of one of the leading Catholic families of England, and the chasuble has remained in the possession of the Arundel family from that time.(Photograph by Jim Pascoe reproduced by kind permission of Lord Talbot of Malahide)." In colonial America, thread and needles were expensive.