Understanding Quilt-Specific Colors: Prussian Blue

Each of these color galleries represents a color given as a value for “Quilt-Specific Colors” in the Quilt Index Comprehensive Fields. Very specific “quilty” colors often reveal specific fabrics, a specific historical time period, or a particular quilting method. The quilts pictured in these galleries range from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, and illustrate a wide variety of fabrics and techniques. Some quilts contain examples of more than one of these colors and thus appear in more than one gallery. In addition to these galleries, a good reference for learning more about quilt-specific colors is Eileen Jahnke Trestain’s book, Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide, 1800-1960.

Prussian Blue or Lafayette Blue
Prussian blue was very popular in America in the 1850s, and was first used in the United States in the early 1830s.  Prussian blue was commonly used in ombre prints, prints which featured a gradation from light to dark.

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