This Courthouse Steps Log Cabin Crib Quilt is made of light weight wools from the late nineteenth century. The plaid border may be a slightly later fabric. The patterned fabric of the border creates a dynamic frame around the solid color interior. Beautiful colors and scale combine to make this an exceptional crib quilt. Colors are a bit more deep and rich than in photos. Measures 44" x 45"; Pennsylvania origin.
I believe this to be a unique combination of the patterns Birds in the Air and Straight Furrows. Wonderful arrangement of lights and darks makes this country quilt very dramatic. Pristine, unwashed condition. Lebanon County, Pennsylvania origin. Measures 76" x 80". Totally reversible to Bars back on which the quilting, particularly the cable pattern throughout the border, shows even better than on the front. Circa 1890.
Rich colors, a strong pattern and beautiful printed fabrics make this Russian Sunflower Quilt one of the best of its kind. Quilting echoes the circular blocks of the sunflowers. Excellent, unwashed condition. Has an old inconspicuous mend less than the size of a dime in one outer border. Measures 74" x 94"; Circa 1870. Probably North Carolina origin.
The depth and richness of colors on this Straight Furrows Log Cabin quilt are unparalleled. Possibly unique border. Pristine condition; circa 1870. Border and backing are cotton; body of quilt is wool challis. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; measures 84" square
An exuberant quilt that is unusual in several ways. The egg yolk colored centers of each sunflower date to about 1890. The three different printed fabrics used for the diamonds all date between 1830 and 1850. Wonderful border treatment really does give the effect of rising suns. Very well quilted; unwashed condition. Fabrics used for the white background have aged to different shades of ivory. If washed, they would likely all be closer to the same shade of white but I prefer to let a quilt remai ...click for details
Beautifully pieced Feathered Stars Quilt done in pink and green calico, prototypical colors of southeastern Pennsylvania. Unwashed condition; has one very light spot on one of the pink calico areas that only can be seen in certain lights. Extremely dramatic. Measures
78" x 98"; Berks County, Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1870.
Dramatic version of a Log Cabin Straight Furrows pattern done primarily in wool challis with a few logs in silk. Beautiful fabrics on the front as well as the back which is also pieced. Excellent condition. Circa 1870; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 80" x 90".
Unusual pattern crib quilt that creates a wonderful positive/ negative effect between the hexagons and the diamonds. Measures 43" x 50". Virginia origin. Shows some wear around the binding edge but the fabrics throughout the quilt are strong and intact.
It seems as though this quilt pattern would have a romantic or imaginative name other than the obvious X but I have been unable to locate one. In any case, it is remarkable how such a simple pattern can form several combinations and with the appearance of so much depth. Rich colored calico prints are terrifically offset by the solid white. Pristine, professionally laundered condition. Circa 1870; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 78" x 88".
This early Twentyfive Patch pattern is done with a masterful use of fabrics and color. The dark brown corners of each meet to form an additional Four Patch, all done with some of the most lush, unusual fabrics that I have seen. Very good quilting. Has been professionally laundered with several tiny spots remaining. Measures 75" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1850.