Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Cheddar

Cheddar Orange, Antimony, or Chrome Orange
Chrome orange, or antimony, was commonly used in appliqué, especially in Pennsylvania, from about 1860 to 1880.  Thus, this dye can help to identify both the date and location in which a quilt was made.  This dye was often made in the home from store-bought powder, however, the high lead content of the dye made it (in retrospect) a dangerous substance with which to work.  While the color was called antimony or chrome orange in the nineteenth century, historians and collectors often call the color ‘cheddar’ today.
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