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
When I saw this wonderful 1920's-30's doll quilt, I thought of Bleuette. It's perfect for her in every way. It's the right size and period, and Bleuette would love it. Of course, Patsy or Patsyette would also appreciate this quilt too. This sweet quilt has so much charm. It is hand quilted in pretty soft colors: pinks, blues, peaches. Now rare fabrics make it up-scenes of children playing, cute animals, nursery rhymes, etc. The condition is excellent! No tears-no significant wear ...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 Evening Stars quilt is a wonderful miniature. The block in which each star is set measures 2 1/4" to a side. While the background may "read" pink, it is actually two very, very tiny red and white prints. The slight variation in color is not due to fading. It is because they are different materials. Measurements are 19" x 22 1/2" which is large for a doll size and small for a crib so I refer to it as cradle size. Well quilted; excellent condition. Pennsylvania origin ...click for details
This Birds in the Air crib quilt is a finely made rendition of a pattern usually seen in full size. It is well quilted with a cable pattern running throughout the triple borders. It has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 39 1/2" x 41".
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870'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.
Nine Patch crib quilt that is one of the most elegant examples of this pattern that I have seen. The lush variety of printed fabrics date from the 1830's - 50's. Setting the blocks on point and creating a diagonal sashing make the entire piece more dramatic than when set straight. A finely scalloped border is a wonderful frame and the blue printed backing fabric is jaw dropping. It is in excellent condition and has been professionally laundered. Measurements are 32" x 37 1/2"; ...click for details
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.
This One Patch in a Diamond in a Square quiltis known as Boston Commons. It is made with beautifully combined, soft tone printed fabrics from the 1930's. It is well quilted with several floral patterns. Excellent condition; measurements are 82" x 93". Lebanon County, Pennsylvania origin.
This Autumn Leaves quilt is both well quilted and appliqued. The inner and outer frames are quilted with a variety of flowers. The appliqued leaves are solid and printed fabrics, many of which are feedsacks. The quilt measures 80" x 84". Excellent condition; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930's.
This punchy Baskets and Nine Patch crib quilt is a lovely combination of two traditional patterns. It measures 38" to a side. Because it is square, it would look especially dramatic hung on point.
It is in excellent condition and nicely quilted. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
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