This elegant quilt takes the Nine Patch pattern to a new level. Setting the blocks on point makes it more than the standard version of a Nine Patch. More important are the Delectable Mountain and pillar print chintz borders. The finest feature is the trapunto quilting. Every other white block and the innermost border have fine, floral stuffed worked patterning that shows up best in the last two thumbnail photos.The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent, spotless condition. ...click for details
This large size Puss in the Corner quilt (aka Improved Nine Patch) has a stunning array of fabrics from the second quarter of the nineteenth century. They are beautifully and cleverly assembled to create a diamond pattern with just the use of eight blocks strategically placed. Measurements are 102" x 104", ample for a king size bed. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1850.
Starbursts are just the beginning of patterning of this exciting quilt. Diamonds are filled with Robbing Peter to Pay Paul type circles that look quite different when used in half around the border. Red centers are strategically placed within the stars. The blue and ivory border chintz beautifully complements the printed fabrics of the interior. Tremendous care and planning to maske this a superb quilt. Measurements are 80@ x 88@. Pennsylvania origin> circa 1850.
Unusual and sophisticated Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt in which the patterned fabrics are all paisley shawls. The solid color is a wool challis black. If displayed on a wall, the pattern works equally well vertically or horizontally as shown in a thumbnail photo. Backing is cotton calico. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880. Excellent condition.
This early Mosaic or Honeycomb quilt is done on a wonderfully small scale. Blocks measure about 3 1/2" in diameter. The colors are consistently placed to create hexagons around the pink blocks. The appliqued vine and leaf border is a nice complement to the pieced interior. The browns have some fracturing visible with close examination. Measurements are 84" x 88". Made mid 19th century.
Carpenter's Square is the totally appropriate name for such an architectural quilt pattern. The use of solid red and white makes this version especially dramatic. Quilted in patterns of straight lines. Ohio origin; circa 1880. Freshly laundered and in excellent condition. Measures 72" x 74".
The combination of the Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple Log Cabin) quilt pattern with a Streak of Lightning border makes for a real eye dazzler. The use of solid color, rather than patterned fabrics, adds to the impact. Opposing corners are treated differently. Whether this was an intentional variation or how the pieces came out only the maker will know. Virginia origin; circa 1880. Measures 78" square.
This little One Patch Doll Quilt is a perfect miniature gem. The patches are about 3/4" square. Condition is excellent. It is unusually well stitched for a doll quilt with a small diamond pattern. It measures 9 3/4" x 11 1/4". The binding is the off white backing turned to the front. Made circa 1890; Pennsylvania origin.
Double Pyramids pattern crib quilt (aka Old Maid's Puzzle)that is ever so Pennsylvania. The rust and yellow calico color combination is typical of Lancaster County where this was made. The blocks are nicely scaled to make a child size quilt. Excellent condition; circa 1880. Measures 37 1/2" x 39". Backing is a beautiful brown plaid.
Totally reversible crib quilt with a Nine Patch on one side and cheater's cloth on the reverse. It is machine quilted; in excellent, unwashed condition. The maker had a good eye for design but perhaps not the luxury of enough time to finely hand quilt. Made circa 1880; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 28" x 30".
Squares within squares such as this are called an Economy Patch quilt pattern. It is made of a terrific combination of late 19th century printed fabrics. Consistent use of yellow squares on the outer edge make a clever differentiation while actually using the same pattern throughout.The backing is a pink and green calico Bars pattern, often seen in quilts from southeast Pennsylvania. Measurements are 82" square; circa 1880. Excellent condition.
Terrific Contained Cotton Crazy Quilt with appeal to both appreciators of art and fabrics. It truly looks like a fabric collage. The "contained" part of the description refers to the fact that the irregularly sized and shaped pieces are set within blocks that are about 7 1/2" square. The quilt has an exceptional variety of late nineteenth century printed fabrics. A solid red piece in nearly every block very effectively carries the eye throughout the quilt. Pristine condition.
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Beautiful Feathered Diamonds Quilt with a diagonal sashing. The white open diamonds highlight the fine quilting of feather patterns. The sawteeth, or feathers, are done with a wonderful variety of fabrics. Excellent, unwashed condition. Measures 80" x 96". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
Vibrant and exciting Star Of Bethlehem (aka Texas Star) quilt from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The full and half stars around the central one make for a very full, rich composition. Pristine, unwashed condition. Made circa 1880; measurements are 86: square. The quilt is reversible as the backing is a beautiful paisley print that can be used as a totally different, whole cloth quilt. Made circa 1880.