This dramatic oak leaf quilt has an inked message saying "Martin Luther Culp's quilt made and presented to him by his Grandmother in her 72nd year in 1850 Elizabeth Culp". Elizabeth Culp lived from 1779-1867. Her house was a hospital during the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. It is not often that we have such specific information with a 19th century quilt.
The quilt was clearly a labor of love as it is well pieced and very finely quilted.
This bold applique quilt goes by several different names. It can be called Rose Tree; Whig Rose or Rose of Sharon. It is unclear to me why all three refer to roses when that does not appear to be the floral image.
In any case, this rendition is a fabulously large scale giving it something of an abstract quality. The use of printed fabrics softens what might be an overwhelming pattern. The background is an unusual blue print on a tan/gray ground. It looks more blue on my monitor than it is in re ...click for details
This small scale Octagons quilt must have been done by someone with OCD for she certainly had the ability to endlessly repeat a task. Fortunately, she put this to very good use as she made a wonderful Octagons quilt with a secondary pattern of miniature Hourglass blocks. Each Hourglass is less than 1" in diameter. The use of such strongly contrasting colors gives a very dramatic positive/ negative effect to the quilt.
It is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 78" x 85& ...click for details
This patchwork quilt alternates between Tumbling Blocks and Six Point Stars. It is difficult to know whether that was the maker's intention or a happy accident. The large scale red print border is a wonderful anchor for the many prints of which the quilt is made. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. Measurements are 72" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's.
This Pine Tree quilt (aka Tree of Paradise) is truly a masterpiece of its type. It is brilliantly designed as well as very finely pieced and quilted. The tiny, even stitches in white thread on the green sashing at first glance look as though they are done by machine because they are so small and regular. The white areas are quilted with clusters of hearts as well as flowers. Repeating the "leaves" at the intersections of the diagonal grid is a clever addition. The zigzag border is the ...click for details
This finely made Pine Burr quilt has an unusual amount of swirling movement. The white off blocks form circles around the four point stars and can also be seen separately as lozenge shaped blocks. It is both well pieced and quilted. The quilt is from Darke County, Ohio; circa 1880. It is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 86" square.
This Pinwheels quilt truly gives the impression of delicate swirling pinwheels. The diagonal arrangement is especially effective in creating movement. The same triangles used for the pinwheels have a very different appearance when used to create the double sawtooth border. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 77" square. It is very well quilted; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
New York Beauty is a sought after pattern not often seen because it is difficult to execute. This example is made with a beautiful combination of colors - red wine and a slightly gray navy blue. Compass stars in the center of each intersection add "pop" to the dramatic pattern. It is probably Southern in origin . This pattern, although named for New York, is usually found in the South and the dark quilting thread in the colored blocks is also usually found in Southern quilts. Made circ ...click for details
Rarely does one find a broderie perse (chintz applique) crib size quilt and certainly not with the graceful and full design of this fine example. It is richly colored with the appearance of considerable depth to the garlands of flowers. The chintz cut outs are the same fabric often used by venerated quiltmaker Achsah Goodwin Wilkins (1775-1854). The quilt is illustrated on page 176 of "America's Quilts and Coverlets" by Safford and Bishop.
It is professionally mounted on a stretch ...click for details
Often, when an antique is too good to be true, it is just that. In the case of this waist pocket with hearts, it is guaranteed to be the real thing. This unusual appliqued waistpocket dates to about 1800. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. The only condition flaw is that part of the waist strings are missing. There is enough existing to see that they were a handwoven tape. Top and part of side bindings are pieced from several different fabrics. Measurements are 14" tall x 11" at ...click for details
Glorious is the best way to describe this Lone Star quilt with chintz border and applique (broderie perse). The colors are as vibrant as the day it was made in the 1830's. It is finely stipple quilted with diagonal lines.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. The chintz retains its original glaze. There were a very few nicks in the chintz border. Rather than risk any additional, I had very fine netting sewn over the border to stabilize it. It is evident to the touch but not to the ...click for details
This Mennonite Windmill Blades Log Cabin quilt (aka Pineapple Log Cabin) is one of the finest I have had the pleasure to own. It is made of wool challis with deep, rich colors and five borders that repeat fabrics within the quilt. The logs are a mere 1/4" in width. Corner blocks of diagonal stripes are the ultimate finishing point. Measurements are 72" x 83". Annville, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870. Excellent condition.
Alternating light and dark Octagons create an additional hourglass pattern between the blocks. In addition, one can see the overall pattern as squat shaped stars. A beautiful chintz border compliments the unusual deep forest green printed fabric of the interior. The piece is very well quilted and in excellent condition.
Measurements are 83" x 85": made circa 1850.
The densely packed buildings give this Schoolhouse quilt an abstract quality. Rarely does one see the buildings abutting one another as they are in this example. It is interesting to see how the buildings are created almost entirely of a variety of rectangles. A selection of printed fabrics soften the very geometric pattern. Excellent condition; chevrons pattern quilted throughout the border.
Measurements are 90" x 82"
Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's.
This Light and Dark wool challis Log Cabin quilt is done with unusually light tones. A note pinned to the quilt explains that the fabrics were from two dresses of the maker, Louisa Dreibelbis. One can only assume they were among her favorites. While the front of the quilt is entirely of fine wools, the backing is made of cotton pieced in a Bars pattern.
The quilt is in excellent condition. There is a very small darned area in one corner where it may have gotten caught on something. Measurements ...click for details