It is fascinating to see how the same block in varying colors can create such a complex Log Cabin quilt. I believe the only difference is that the centers of some are squares while others are divided into two triangles.
This exceptional Log Cabin is in unused, pristine condition. Measurements are 78" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1910.
This classic Nine Patch quilt is as crisp as the day it was made some 135 years ago. Clearly, it was stored away and never saw the light of day. The background is a dark chocolate brown print with a variety of plaids alternating with solid white in the Nine Patch blocks. Measurements are 67" x 78". The backing is plain white cotton. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This One Patch quilt made almost entirely of plaid cotton flannels is both simple and sophisticated. It took an artistic eye to put together this large combination of plaids in a palette of mauves, grays and browns. The four deep indigo squares are wool, also plaid. The backing is also a plaid flannel with striped flannel on either end.Measurements are 64" x 74". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
This Thousand Pyramids is quilt perfection. It is finely pieced with a glorious array of mid 19th century fabrics. The double triangle appliqued border surrounds an undulating quilted vine. It is interesting that the border is machine appliqued. Rather than being done to save time, machine quilting in the late 1860's was often done to show off that one had a newfangled sewing machine. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 92" x 94". Maryland origin; circa 1 ...click for details
This Barnraising Log Cabin is most unusual because of the embroidered names throughout. They are done in a variety of handwritings. It is possible this was a fundraising quilt but more likely a friendship gift of some type. The date 1900 is embroidered on the border along with flowers and leaves. The border is nicely cable quilted with wreaths in the corners. The front is wool with a cotton backing. Pristine condition; measurements are 66" x 78". The names as well as the style of quilt ...click for details
Absolutely twinkling miniature Evening Stars quilt. Each block is just
2 3/4" in diameter and abuts the star next to it making a total of 600 stars. It is well pieced and quilted with chevrons in the borders.
They are done with a beautiful variety of late 19th century fabrics. It is in excellent unwashed condition. There are a few tiny, unobtrusive brown spots on the border. Measurements are 80" x 85". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880. There is velcro sewn to all four sides of th ...click for details
It is difficult to characterize this unique quilt. The Carpenter's Wheel center is surrounded by Flying Geese; King's Crown and Rolling Stone corner blocks. I'm not sure whether this is enough to characterize it as a strippy sampler quilt.
The origin is also something of a mystery. While it was found in Pennsylvania, there are features (the chocolate brown and blue as well as the muslin backing) that make me wonder whether it was made in the South.
What I do know, is that it is an ...click for details
This folky Sampler Quilt has a great combination of traditional and original blocks. Nothing could be more traditional than the center Schoolhouse done with nicely inked detail. Below it is a Bear's Paw signed "Fannie J. Gould March 24, 1892".
While the top was certainly made in the 19th century, the backing is later. It seems to be from the 1950's.
The quilt is in excellent condition. Measurements are 76" x 78"; New England origin.
This unusual Victorian silk quilt beautifully combines several patterns. It has Tumbling Blocks; Stars; Hexagons and Crazy. In addition to emphasizing the hexagon, the use of light colors for the Crazy pattern creates a halo effect around the central Crazy Star. The pride of the maker is evident in the embroidered inscription on the back "From Ma 1880 1106 pieces". It is in excellent condition; Pennsylvania origin. The front of the quilt is silk with the exception of black velvet aroun ...click for details
A more accurate name for this quilt might be a one patch in that it is made of consistently small squares throughout. The diagonal placement of light fabrics gives it the Irish chain effect. It is in pristine, unwashed condition with a huge variety of late 19th century fabrics. The backing is a bars pattern as is often seen in quilts of southeast Pennsylvania. This is from Kutztown; circa 1880. Measurements are 80" x 90".