This beautiful jewel toned Light and Dark Log Cabin quilt is made of satins giving it a rich luster. The placement of light and dark makes for a variety of patterns and lots of movement. The quilt consists of a top quilted to a cotton backing. It was not completed and does not have a binding but one could easily be added if desired. Measurements are 64" x 74": circa 1870's.
This bold version of a Fence Rail Log Cabin quilt forms an additional pattern of Streak of Lightning with the solid red logs. All well framed by a triangle border. Excellent blending of fabrics. Pristine, unwashed condition. Measures 80" x 86"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1890.
This is one of the nicest, truly miniature quilts that I've had. The baskets are in blocks that are 3 3/4" in diameter. The entire quilt measures 13" x 17 1/4" and is professionally mounted on a stretcher. It is in excellent, probably unwashed condition with the tiniest bit of browning. Probably New England origin; circa 1890.
This Center Medallion or One Patch Doll Quilt begins with fabrics from the 1830's in the center. It works its way to the 1880's in the border and outer frames. The fabrics are all in excellent condition. The quilt is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 16 3/4" x 18 3/4". Pennsylvania origin.
This wholecloth Tumbling Blocks quilt is made of cheater's cloth which is printed patchwork. This example is unusually early; large and beautiful. Two sides of each block are made to look like a printed fabric offset by a solid brown side. The combination is very rich in tone with a fabulous glaze to the fabric. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. Measurements are 90" x 96"; Philadelphia origin.
Charming album quilt with floral blocks that include 6 birds with inked details. One of the blocks is signed "From your grandmother Penelope Benedict aged 83 years". Penelope was born in 1775 so we know that the quilt was made in 1858. There are two other signatures from the Benedict family which was one of the founding families of Danbury, Connecticut.
The blocks are mostly original floral motifs with a bird in the middle of each border and two additional within the quilt. It is well ...click for details
This Caesar's Crown quilt has a wonderful diagonal sashing filled with diamonds that adds lots of zing to the piece. It is beautifully quilted with a variety of patterns. The corners are filled with pots of flowers and grape clusters with leaves throughout the border. It has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 86" x 89". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.
This handmade 48 star flag quilt has the name of each state and its date of admission to the Union embroidered on each star. It is accurate with the exceptions of Arizona and New Mexico. They were meant to be admitted in 1911, as is written on the quilt. In actuality, bureaucratic delays caused them not to be admitted until January, 1912. One can surmise from this inconsistency that the quilt was made in 1911 in anticipation of Arizona and New Mexico statehood.
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This original quilt pattern brings several things to mind. The circles can be seen as ship's wheels with the curved appliqued borders as gentle ocean waves. Another, less romantic, possibility is machine gears. The viewer might see additional possibilities.
Regardless of the interpretation, it is an imaginative pattern in a beautiful shade of blue and well quilted. It has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measures 84" x 88".
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The colors may not be traditionally patriotic, but the Stars and Stripes theme certainly is. This summer quilt (top and back with no batting) was made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania at the time of the Centennial. It measures 76" x 78"; excellent condition.