This version of Touching Stars is different from the more usual configuration of stars made of diamonds. In this quilt known as The Twinkling Star, triangles are filled with smaller triangles as in the Birds in the Air pattern. It is made with a variety of medium and darker blue indigo prints. It is quilted with many different patterns, the most unusual of which is a knife, fork and spoon. I wish we knew the significance to the maker!
Measurements are 88" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa ...click for details
This interesting quilt actually combines three different patterns. The Garden Maze is filled with 8 Point Stars within which are the obscure pattern known as The Car Wheel. The Car Wheels are a nice variety of late 19th century printed fabrics highlighted by the deep indigo of the maze. It is well quilted throughout with clamshells and X's in the squares next to the stars. Measurements are 74" square; made circa 1870's; excellent condition.
The use of color and fabric could not be better in this Carpenter's Wheel quilt.
The green background beautifully sets off the deep indigo and rose tones while the pink diamonds give a bursting effect to each star. And who could ask for a better border treatment than this Delectable Mountains? Nicely quilted including patterns of concentric arcs in the green sashing.
The quilt is in excellent condition; made circa 1860's. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; measurements are 70" ...click for details
Wow - does this pop or what? This Star of Bethlehem quilt (aka Texas Star) is from Oley, Pennsylvania. It has all of the bold characteristics often seen in Berks County quilts. It is made entirely of solid color fabrics which adds tremendously to the impact of this dramatic pattern. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. The back is pieced with Bars pattern using the same green fabric and pink fabrics as are on the front of the quilt.
Measurements are 82" square. Made circa 1880.
This Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple) Log Cabin doll quilt is simultaneously crude and sophisticated. The concept of a central Blade with a piano key border could not be better. Pink strips are regularly placed in the corners and middle so it seems that the maker was intentional in her choices. Execution, though, is a little wonky which actually adds a lot of charm. It is mounted on a stretcher measuring 18 1/4" x 19 1/4". Excellent condition; made circa 1880's in Pennsylvania.
This is one of the finest and earliest pairs of pillow cases I have had the pleasure to own. They Streak of Lightning is a pattern rarely seen in pillow cases. They are in excellent condition with beautiful fabrics and hand crocheted lace on the edges. Measurements are 17 1/2" x 31" including edging. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1830's.
This Robbing Peter to Pay Paul quilt is done on an unusually large scale. Each block measures about 12 1/2" square. It is very well quilted with floral patterns in the center of each block and a particularly graceful feather in the border. Measurements are 76" x 90"; excellent condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
This finely made Melon Patch Quilt is done with an unusual fabric that is a wonderful teal blue/green tone. It is well quilted with stylized floral patterns throughout.
It is in excellent, unwashed condition. Measurements are 88" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
This Delectable Mountains pattern is exquisitely quilted. It is filled with several floral and feather patterns. The curved designs of the quilting patterns are a terrific counterpoint to the sharp edges of the quilt. That fact as well as the light blue color give this very geometric pattern a soft feel.
It measures 74" x 76"; outstanding condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880
This Mennonite Hexagons quilt makes a stunning composition. The colors are beautifully arranged with the peach color blocks in all the right places. The red and black borders repeat the same fabrics within the quilt. The quilt is almost entirely made of fine wools with a few scattered pieces of velvet. The back is a chestnut colored wool.
It is in excellent condition; measurements are 76" x 79". Made in Pennsylvania; circa 1870.