This rendition of Birds in the Air is certainly an imaginative one. Each large triangle is filled with cotton crazy patches. It is finely made and in pristine, unwashed condition. The small irregular pieces look like a collage. The off blocks are a tiny indigo and white gingham check fabric.
The indigo print backing and inner border are from the 1920's while all is is from the 19th century.
Measurements are 68" x 74"; Pennsylvania origin.
This bold Sampler Quilt is one of Lebanon County's best. The solid colors are typical of its Old Order Mennonite origin. There is slight fading but they are still very bold and vibrant. The patterns are a combination of traditional and original blocks. It is well quilted with an unusual zig zag pattern in the sashing and a nice cable throughout the border. It was made circa 1880; measurements are 78" x 81".
This early Center Medallion quilt has similarities to its English counterparts but was virtually certainly made in this country. It is interesting that the binding was done by two methods. Part of it is the European knife edge technique and the remainder with the front turned over to the back as is usually seen in this country. Wild Goose Chase; Zig zag; Diamonds and the central Mariner's Compass are beautifully combined as are the large variety of printed fabrics. They date from the 18 teen ...click for details
Several features elevate this One Patch Quilt pattern far beyond the basic pattern that it is. Subtle variation in the use of printed red fabrics add an effective shading. Abutting the blocks gives a nice positive/negative effect and finally, the strong zig zag border frames it all beautifully. The quilt is in excellent condition and nicely quilted. The white blocks alternate two different leaf patterns.
Measurements are 68" x 72"; excellent condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860. ...click for details
This Lone Star quilt (aka Star of Bethlehem or Texas Star) virtually screams of its Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin. The "double blue" print background is most often seen in quilts from Lancaster as is the pieced Bars pattern for the backing. The addition of the bold red appliques is also often a Lancaster feature. The quilt is in mint, un-used condition. Made in the 1880s.
To the best of my knowledge, this quilt in which the Tumbling Blocks pattern is set in Bars, is a unique pattern. The maker of this quilt certainly had a distinctive eye in that her choice of fabrics is also out of the ordinary.The Tumbling Blocks effect works equally well when the quilt is viewed both vertically and horizontally. It is in excellent condition and truly one of a kind.
Measurements are 77" x 84". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
This concentric frames quilt is made entirely with 2 1/2" squares set end to end to create bands of color. Only the center uses alternating colors to create a nine patch block. The colors are very rich with just the right amount of punch from the orange band. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 80" x 83". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This Birds in the Air Quilt is done with a lush combination of saturated colors. The red printed ground combined with the purple printed border are fabrics not often seen. They combine beautifully and work well with the prints of the small triangles. The maker included just enough pink to give a flutter to the flying birds. The scale of the quilt with just nine blocks filled with small triangles is unusual and very effective. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 83" ...click for details
Printed fabrics are beautifully combined to create this wonderful Light and Dark Diamonds quilt. There is a wonderful interplay of lights and darks that gives an alternating appearance to which recede and which come forward. The quilt is in immaculate, unwashed condition. Measurements are 82" x 85". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This Printed Patchwork (aka cheater's cloth) quilt can easily fool the eye to look as though it was made by piecing. It is in excellent, unwashed condition and maintains its original glaze. The reverse is beautiful blue/green print banded with a brown and rose chintz on two sides.
It can just as easily be used on the reverse as on the printed patchwork side. Measurements are 82" square; excellent condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1850.