This applique quilt is light, airy and graceful. The body is quilted with a crosshatch pattern with half wreaths along the border and full wreaths in the corners. The leaves look like grape leaves which is why I think the circles are not berries but that is open to interpretation. It has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860. Measurements are 78" x 80".
This Diamond in a Square quilt is created with the use of One Patch blocks. It is an unusual variation from Bowmansville, a small town in Lancaster, Pennsylvania known for its Star pattern quilts made in this manner. The light and dark calico fabrics are very well planned to make this complex pattern. Solid color pinks in the light areas are especially effective in spreading the eye around. Measurements are 76" x 78". Cable quilting in outer red border. There is a very, very faint are ...click for details
What may initially appear to be a basic Log Cabin quilt actually has two unusual features. The centers are chocolate brown which is a variation from the far more usual red centers. Second is the border fabric of vining leaves. It has a shading going from white to tones of gray that is most unusual for a nineteenth century quilt but is contemporaneous with the rest of the piece.
The quilt is in excellent condition; measurements are 72" x 74". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's. Th ...click for details
Well made classic crossed flowers Laurel Leaf quilt. It's interesting that the maker chose a totally different type of leaf for the applique and reverse applique border. The thin batting makes the quilting difficult to photograph but it is very well done with fairly elaborate patterns of flowers and wreaths. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. What may appear as tiny brown spots seem to be cotton seeds within the batting. Measurements are 82" squar ...click for details
This Mennonite Touching Stars quilt clearly reflects the Victorian era in which it was made. The stars are made of totally irregular pieces similar to those used in Victorian Crazy quilts. It is all wool with a nice variety of embroidered stitching throughout the stars and the Four Patches between them. It is in excellent condition; measurements are 78" x 82". The backing is a Bars pattern made of red and blue homespun type checked fabrics making it reversible to a totally different k ...click for details
Eleven hundred forty triangles make for a wonderful Thousand Pyramids crib quilt. That number includes only those in the body of the quilt. The corner blocks add another hundred and forty four. This pattern is evidence that more really is more. The quilt is in excellent condition; it has diamonds quilted in white thread throughout the border. Measurements are 40" x 48". Made circa 1880's.
This Hourglass quilt (aka Bowtie) is graceful and airy. It is very well quilted with wreaths in the white blocks. The same triangles of the Hourglass are turned on their side to create the very effective double sawtooth border. The quilt measures a generous 84" x 96", large enough for a queen or king size bed. At some time, the binding was replaced. There are no other condition apologies. Made in the 1870's.
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
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
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.