Lone Star (aka Star of Bethlehem) quilt on a richly colored blue background. The diamond shaped pieces making up the star are beautifully color coordinated. It is difficult to see in the photos, but the corner blocks are quilted with eagles. The blue triangles are also well quilted with wreaths and flowers. The backing is a lush red paisley print to which the quilt can be reversed making for an entirely different bedcover. Made circa 1870's; Pennsylvania origin.
This richly colored Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt pattern is beautifully colored with perfectly compatible tones of browns, reds and deep pinks. The quilt won blue ribbon at the Greater Allentown (Pennsylvania) Fair. The person who entered the quilt has the same surname as item # 1256044 which also won first place at the Fair. They most likely came from the same family but were probably entered considerably after they were made in the 1880's. Measurements are 91" x 93"; excellen ...click for details
Beautifully made Light and Dark Log Cabin quilt in a variety of late 19th century calico fabrics. They are well placed using the browns to create the diamonds and particularly carefully done in the middle creating a square around the central diamond. Sewn to the quilt is the first prize ribbon from the Greater Allentown (Pennsylvania) Fair. The winner has the same surname as that of item #1256048 which also won a blue ribbon. Unfortunately, it does not say what year it was entered. Measurements ...click for details
This unusual Starbursts quilt is especially complex because of the pieced diamonds background. Five starbursts and four other geometric elements seem to float upon it. It is made of a wide variety of late 19th century fabrics that are well blended. There is some light soiling on some of the light color fabrics but it does not detract from the dramatic impact of this unusual quilt. Measurements are 82" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This Rising Sun quilt (aka Russian Sunflower) has it all. It is a beautiful pattern with extraordinary quilting and extensive provenance.
It was made by Mary Showman Poffenberger (1827-1902) for her husband Elias Poffenberger (1827-1901). The Poffenberger farm is well known because it was on the Antietam National Battlefield. The quilt was made close to the time of the Civil War.
It measures90" x 102". It is densely quilted with tiny stitches in multiple patterns. Each Sunflower is s ...click for details
To the best of my knowledge, this quilt pattern combining Black Eyed Susans with Barnraising is an original. The green has probably lightened with washing but the quilt remains vibrant and strong. The egg yolk yellow/ orange of the Barnraising perfectly continues the Black Eyed Susan theme.
Measurements are 67" x 80". Probably Southern origin; circa 1900.
This Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt is unusual because of the use of solid white blocks with the calico prints. The piano key border is a nice way to continue the strips of the Log Cabin while offering a variation in the pattern. The center of each Log Cabin consists of solid red and white blocks but their placement varies, another nice touch. They may appear rust color on some monitors but in reality, they are bright, clear red.
Measures 74" x 84". Summer weight with no batting. Ex ...click for details
LeMoyne Stars quilt with stars on an lovely small scale. They measure about 3 1/2" in diameter. Most are red with solid tobacco brown but scattered among the two outermost rows are some with green calico instead of brown. Who knows why the maker made this variation? It has a well chosen border of squares set on point . It is finely quilted with clamshell patterns. The Stars pattern is strong enough to look great when opened fully yet because of the small scale, it is equally effective folde ...click for details
Well made Four Patch quilt with a good variety of late 19th century fabrics. The light tones are well placed so it gives the effect of a chain in addition to the primary Four Patch. It measures 86" x 88" which is rather large for the 1880's when it was made. Pristine condition; Pennsylvania origin. The backing fabric is shown in the last thumbnail photo. It may appear black on some monitors but is actually an indigo ground.
This Delectable Mountains crib quilt is done in an unusual and clever way. Using the same blocks in alternating red and white and abutting them as she did, creates an entirely new image. It is well quilted with small squares in the white blocks and diagonal lines in the border. The red has softened from multiple washings in its 150 year lifetime but it remains a strong pattern. Measurements are 36 1/2" x 43".