This extraordinary pictorial quilt depicts images that are both fierce and friendly. On the bottom are hounds chasing stags while on the top is a tree of life surrounded by birds, one of which may be a dove. It's a shame not to be able to speak with the quiltmaker to learn more of her intent but perhaps it is a metaphor for both the danger and kindness of life. Or am I reading too much into it?
The quilt is from Pennsylvania; circa 1870's. Measurements are 77" x 78". It is in ...click for details
This strippy quilt is a wonderful take off on Chinese Coins. The strips are mostly rectangular but have a lot of variety adding squares, triangles and irregular shapes. The quilt is made of a fabulous variety of fabrics from the third quarter of the 19th century. The background fabric is a small paisley print and the reverse is a print with hops. It is in unwashed, pristine condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880. Measurements are 68" x 84".
It is safe to say that this stunning version of a Joseph's Coat quilt is an original.The diagonal stripes form a three dimensional looking herringbone pattern that I have never seen.
The yellow Bars are all quilted with cable patterns. It is in unwashed condition with some minor spotting that does not detract from the graphic impact of the quilt.
Measurements are 72" x 89".
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This LeMoyne Stars quilt is made of a beautiful variety of fabrics and unusual color choices. The background and swag and bow border are a pale marigold colored print that is beautifully offset with the brown grid. Condition is very good but not perfect; there is some weakness to a few of the diamonds making up the stars. Measurements are 74" x 93"; Pennsylvania origin. Made circa 1830's.
The name of this quilt pattern, Old Italian Block, is a mystery to me but it seems to be well established. This example is done with a glorious combination of stunning fabrics. All are in unwashed, pristine condition. The outer border is a highly glazed chintz. Oddly, the back is a cotton muslin. One would have expected a "dressier" choice given the front but perhaps she the maker indulged all she could with the front of the quilt. It is quilted throughout with blocks of diamonds.
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This fanciful hooked rug has an unusual plant with leaves and two types of flowers. A bird sits at the center. The blue tail is a nice repetition of the color of the tulips. The rug measures 15 1/2" wide and 16" tall. Made circa 1920; Pennsylvania origin.
This wonderfully graphic quilt "reads" as both Streak of Lightning and Tumbling Blocks. It is difficult to know whether that was the maker's intention. The use of solid colors heightens the effect of both patterns.
It is as well crafted as it is designed. Measurements are 70" x 73"; excellent condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1910.
Wonderfully graphic Windmill Blades Log Cabin quilt (aka Pineapple Log Cabin) in the unexpected colors of lavender and white. The diamond border adds to the impact. It is interesting that the centers of each block repeat the border pattern. The backing is the same lavender as used on the front. It is in pristine condition; measurements are 72" x 86". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
This Mariner's Compass quilt is one of the most exquisitely crafted that I have seen. Each Compass is made of 106 triangles, all tapering to a fine point. The ground is beautifully quilted with concentric wreaths. And in case all of that wasn't enough, the maker finished it with a double triangle border!
Measurements are 70" x 80"; made circa 1870; excellent condition.
This Barnraising Log Cabin quilt is one of the finest examples of a classic pattern. It is made of a stunning combination of wool challis fabrics. The reds are continuously used throughout to give a spark to the more muted browns, blues and greens. Solid and printed fabrics are perfectly combined. The quilt is in excellent condition. Measurements are 91" square. Old Order Mennonite from Pennsylvania; circa 1870.