Block detail

Quilting detail showing pencil marks

Fabric detail

Prairie Rose or Mexican Rose Quilt

Description of Top

Red, green, and orange on cream ground appliqué quilt (100" x 86 ¼") with vine border. Quilt top is cotton. Fabrics are solids. Structure consists of 15 patterned and 15 plain, alternate blocks. Appliqué blocks are hand-stitched with invisible stitching. Very tiny stitches were used. Blocks measure @ 13 ½" x 14 ¼". Block orientation is straight. Set is 6 x 5. Quilt has one border, 8 ½" wide. Border carries appliqué vine and floral pattern. Vine loops into rounded corners.

Quilt Back

Muslin in three pieces.


Hand quilted, @ 7 stitches per inch. Quantity is medium, fineness of stitches is medium. Echo quilting is used in border. Wreath, hanging diamond, diagonal, and chevron motifs are also used.


Edges of quilt are straight, corners are rounded. Binding is applied. Binding is a printed floral.


Minimal damage: dye fading, stains.


Pencil lines still very visible. Quilt seems never to have been laundered. SC notes that quilt's original owner called quilt "Prairie Rose." Owner lived near Newmarket, Maryland. SC notes that "these are the typical colors of the Pennsylvania Dutch quilts—beautiful work ruined by harsh colors."

Accession number H11301

Descriptive data collected by Elizabeth Hoffman and Shannon Myers, January 2001