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A side note from The Patchwork Pilgrimage: "Further proof that ornamental patchwork is no newcomer to the church is provided by this fascinating pieced silk chasuble that is believed to have been made around 1540.
During the Reformation, Roman Catholics were driven underground, and in England, persecution was given additional impetus by King Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon in 1533, when he broke with Rome and forced his subjects to swear allegiance to himself as the head of the church.
Quilts and quilt making are a reflection of the life and times of the women who made quilts.
Although the technique of quilting existed throughout history (quilted items have been discovered in Egyptian tombs, for example, and French knights used quilted jackets under their armor), quilts as we think of them didn't start showing up on the American scene until just prior to 1800.
Walnut hulls, hickory nut hulls, clay, or wood chips made brown.
A deep brown with warm accents was made using manganese.
Early 1800's quilts were usually large (120 X 120), and often whole cloth quilts, or quilts of whole panels, such as the Tree of Life. Sometimes you would find quilts made of plain blocks (such as a simple Ohio star or nine patch) alternating with a plain block.
Not to say that there weren't any, but it is far more likely that a quilt would be made out of fabric bought specifically for that purpose, possibly to match bed curtains.
It might also use the extra fabric left over after making clothes.
Sumac, birch, oak, woodshed in general and iron made black.
Indigo blue and turkey red were very reliable dyes as they were made by the process for which the color was named.