This Mathematical Star Quilt is extraordinary for both its design and techniques. It combines the pieced work star with chintz applique (broderie perse) and trapunto quilting. All could not be more finely done. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Made in Baltimore; circa 1830. It is a true masterpiece of the quilter's art. Measurements are 90" square.
This lovely Baskets Quilt has several wonderful features. It is beautifully quilted with a variety of patterns. The shape of the baskets is original and very graceful. Finally, it is what many would consider to be the ideal shade of blue. Condition is excellent. Measurements are 80" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920's.
This is a particularly bold and dynamic Feathered Stars Quilt. It has very fine quilting with wreaths in the white blocks and a graceful feather throughout the border. In tiny, tiny embroidered stitches is written "Rebecca Spangler August 21". Unfortunately, Rebecca did not include the year. It is probably the day, though, that she proudly completed this outstanding quilt.
Measurements are 96" x 100"; excellent condition.
A velcro strip is sewn to one edge of the back so it ...click for details
There seems to be no end to the creativity shown by 19th century quiltmakers. This original example is centered with a basket of flowers surrounded by additional pots with birds and a variety of flowers. Some of the flowers are three dimensional made by the technique of ruching. The exuberant center is contained by a diamond inner border and finally by Nine Patch Checkerboard blocks. The maker was bold in her choice of fabrics as well as the appliqued designs. The quilt is from Chester County, P ...click for details
For many collectors, Baltimore Albums are the holy grail of 19th century quilts. This fine example combines both traditional and original blocks, all framed by the double step border seen in Maryland quilts. A note attached to the quilt reads "Made about 1850 by Grandmother Chamberlain". Census records indicate a Mary E. Chamberlain was a widowed dressmaker living in Baltimore at that time. Much research is being done to determine whether Baltimore Album quilts were the work of group p ...click for details
Embroidered in the blocks of this unique crib quilt is the following message:
Your childhood years, they will soon be over
And your school days, then all will be...
May health, wealth and happiness be your lot
As long as your life shall last.
Your Grandma has made this spread for your feet
And decked it with colors all bright
And when you are warmly tucked into your bed
Then think of your Grandma - Good night.
Harriet S. Smith, Aged 69 June 11th, 1885
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This original applique quilt is closest to the pattern known as True Lover's Knot. It is exquisitely embellished with trapunto quilting. A variety of flower and leaf designs are done in three dimensional quilting throughout the white grid. Pods in the border are cleverly done in reverse applique with the body of the pod having a shadowy effect against the dark seeds. Each seed has delicate buttonhole stitching around it. The centers of the blocks alternate light and dark, perhaps a subtle Yi ...click for details
This Light and Dark Log Cabin quilt is a particularly well done example of a classic pattern. Many log cabins are not actually quilted and this one is, as can easily be seen in the red centers. It is a popular belief that the frequently used red centers of log cabins represent the hearth of the home. The piano key border is an especially desirable edge treatment. The quilt is made from a well chosen and placed variety of wool fabrics. Measurements are 76" square; excellent condition. Penns ...click for details
This Texas Puzzle quilt is made from a variety of exquisite printed wool challis fabrics. The back consists of seven alternating narrow and wide Bars of equally beautiful challis prints, making the quilt totally reversible. It is very light in weight; excellent condition. Made circa 1870; Berks County, Pennsylvania. Measurements are 76" x 80".
This extraordinarily complex quilt has so many patterns that it is difficult to say for certain which the maker intended as the primary. The Variable Stars can override the squares in diamonds known as an Economy Patch pattern. Diagonal combinations of squares and triangles create additional patterning and serve as a border. It is well pieced and quilted; measurements are 67" x 78". It is made of a deep inky blue calico with tiny print stars; excellent condition.