Straight Furrows Log Cabin quilt done in fine wool challis. The blue centers belie the folk myth that log cabin quilts always have red centers to represent the fire in the hearth. This example is done with a "cooler" palette than one usually sees. The piano key border makes a terrific frame for the diagonal pattern. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870. Measures 82" x 84".
Wonderfully scaled miniature Nine Patch doll quilt. Made circa 1920; Amish origin, probably from Ohio.
Measures 14" x 17"; excellent condition. Professionally mounted and wired to be hung either vertically or horizontally.
This large size Puss in the Corner quilt (aka Improved Nine Patch) has a stunning array of fabrics from the second quarter of the nineteenth century. They are beautifully and cleverly assembled to create a diamond pattern with just the use of eight blocks strategically placed. Measurements are 102" x 104", ample for a king size bed. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1850.
Starbursts are just the beginning of patterning of this exciting quilt. Diamonds are filled with Robbing Peter to Pay Paul type circles that look quite different when used in half around the border. Red centers are strategically placed within the stars. The blue and ivory border chintz beautifully complements the printed fabrics of the interior. Tremendous care and planning to maske this a superb quilt. Measurements are 80@ x 88@. Pennsylvania origin> circa 1850.
Unusual and sophisticated Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt in which the patterned fabrics are all paisley shawls. The solid color is a wool challis black. If displayed on a wall, the pattern works equally well vertically or horizontally as shown in a thumbnail photo. Backing is cotton calico. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880. Excellent condition.
Amish Straight Furrows Quilt in which the overall design is made of One Patch patterns, rather than the more usual Log Cabin. Very nice use of lights and darks. Well quilted including a beautiful undulating feather throughout the border. Measures 67" x 89". Probably Ohio or Indiana origin.
The combination of the Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple Log Cabin) quilt pattern with a Streak of Lightning border makes for a real eye dazzler. The use of solid color, rather than patterned fabrics, adds to the impact. Opposing corners are treated differently. Whether this was an intentional variation or how the pieces came out only the maker will know. Virginia origin; circa 1880. Measures 78" square.
Light and dark colors beautifully highlight the diagonal diamond pattern of this early crib quilt. It is made of beautiful printed fabrics on both front and back. Probably New England origin; made circa 1850. Measurements are 27" x 30"; excellent condition.
This little One Patch Doll Quilt is a perfect miniature gem. The patches are about 3/4" square. Condition is excellent. It is unusually well stitched for a doll quilt with a small diamond pattern. It measures 9 3/4" x 11 1/4". The binding is the off white backing turned to the front. Made circa 1890; Pennsylvania origin.