Turkey Tracks combined with an unusual appliqued pattern. The alternating blocks are an excellent combination of curvilinear and angular shapes. Included in the Chester County, Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation project. Professionally laundered; measures 82" x 86"; circa 1870.
Eye dazzling Streak of Lightning wool hooked rug. Rich, jewel colors; wonderful small scale to the design. Excellent condition; measures 33" x 53".
It is difficult to imagine that a quilt as fresh and crisp in condition as this Nine Patch is more than 125 years old. It was obviously packed away and never saw the light of day. Beautiful fabrics; wonderful zigzag border makes a great frame. Quilting in off blocks done in the same nine patch design as the primary pattern. Border quilted with diagonal lines. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; measures 76" x 90".
Streamlined, perhaps original pattern that I have termed Bricks, for want of a more proper name. Wonderfully abstract in its simplicity. Nicely quilted including concentric half circles in the border that are a terrific contrast to the geometry of the rest of the quilting as well as the pieced pattern. Measures 40" x 55"; excellent condition. Maryland origin.
This unusual quilt is closest to the Dove in the Window or Goose Tracks patterns. Well made with a terrific, whimsical swag border. The soft blue calico background beautifully sets off the pink and green. Professionally laundered; excellent condition. Measures 82" x 88"; circa 1860. Pennsylvania origin.
Dramatic Lone Star quilt (aka Star of Bethlehem) with the most unusual of background fabrics. It's a print I've never seen before that has the profile of a woman. It may be earlier than the calicoes of the star. Unwashed condition. Some oxidation to the solid orange fabric. Measures 100" square, unusually large for the 1870's when it was made. Pennsylvania origin.
Wonderful checkerboard type geometric pattern hooked rug. Great use of lights, darks and variegation. Beautiful shade of blue not often seen in such generous amounts in this type of rug. Measures 28" x 42 1/2": wool. Circa 1920 with an earlier checked cotton backing. Excellent condition.
Geometric quilt that comes closest in pattern to Corn and Beans or Fox and Geese. Placement of the blocks, as well as the use of fabrics, makes this soft toned quilt quite dazzling in patterning. There is actually not a secondary or background block. Both take on equal prominence. Shirting plaids and stripes are nicely complemented by the double blue and pink calico prints. Unwashed condition; one tiny brown spot visible in close-up photos. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1910.
Exuberant Baskets pattern quilt in the color combination so popular in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Well planned use of color; carrying through the border color to the top of the baskets gives each one a light feel. Diagonal grid with red blocks also adds unification as well as punchiness. Excellent condition. Measures 82" square; circa 1900.
Once again, it's stunning to realize that such a contemporary looking pattern and color combination can be more than 125 years old. This Hourglass (aka Bowtie) pattern quilt is made entirely with two beautiful printed fabrics. The tan background material is probably 10 years older (circa 1860) than the pink (circa 1870). Incredibly crisp, unwashed condition. Measures 84" x 88"; Pennsylvania origin.
Early and compex quilt pattern of Hexagons within Hexagons. Forms a secondary pattern of Six Point Stars around the basic hexagonal block. Beautiful fabrics; heart quilted within each small triangle. Chevrons quilted in large light triangles and cables in the red banding. Difficult to see because of the heavily patterned fabrics but well done. Excellent condition. Measures 85" x 94"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1860.
This Pinwheels pattern quilt is calm and serene, yet not boring. It is a sophisticated shade of dusty rose done in cotton sateen, giving it something of a "dressed up" feel. The matching pillow sham is a true rarity. It would serve for the purpose for which it was intended, but equally well as a matching dresser scarf or wall hanging. Professionally laundered; nicely quilted. Quilt measures 79" square; pillow sham is 31" x 78". Circa 1920.
Diagonal placement of the small size Baskets gives this quilt particular interest. Equally enhancing is the forest green background that is quilted in white. Nice variety of 1880's fabrics. Unwashed condition; well crafted. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin. Measures 79" square.
Mariner's Compass is one of the most difficult patterns to execute. This example is particularly finely done. Unwashed condition shows several light smudges that could be removed with laundering but in my opinion, not worth losing that never washed feel. Has one old appliqued, inconspicuous mend visible in thumbnail photo. Beautifully quilted. Measures 88" square; circa 1860.
Unwashed, mint condition Philadelphia Pavement quilt. Border print is beautiful shade of cadet blue, not often seen in quilts of this era. In fact, the entire palette of this quilt is out of the ordinary. Wonderful contrast of dark calico prints with yellow highlights and pink striped centers. Each block measures 1 3/4" square. Pennsylvania origin: circa 1890. Measures 70" x 76".
Classic Nine Patch quilt made most unusual by a dramatic stepped border. Beautiful 1870's fabrics. Small scale blocks; each Nine Patch is 3 1/2" square. Several light brown spots due to the unwashed condition. Strong enough to be laundered but not essential. Measures 74" x 88"; Pennsylvania origin.
Unusual, complex variation of LeMoyne Stars alternating with octagons to create a variety of positive/ negative images. Excellent condition; professionally laundered. Beautiful fabrics framed by a bold zigzag border. Very well quilted.
Measures 78" x 90"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1870
Beautiful Balouchi Balisht front, in fine condition, natural dyes, wonderful tree of life design on camel ground, some corrosion of the browns, with original selvedges and flat-woven ends. This piece measures 18" by 39". One of a few Balouchi weavings currently for sale on this website.
Pattern and size make this hired man's quilt most unusual. Very creative use solely of triangles to make a center medallion different from the outer frames. Fabrics date from mid through late 19th century. Summer weight (no batting). Measures 53" x 76", making it a very desirable size to hang either horizontally or vertically.
A most unusual combination of a late 19th century Log Cabin pattern done as a center medallion, typical of the early 19th century. Incredibly strong, bold graphic enhanced by the use of solid red fabric next to prints. Brilliant use of the yellow to form an additional pattern. Excellent condition; measures 70" x 80". Circa 1880; Pennsylvania origin.
Soft and fresh streamlined Floral Wreath pattern quilt. Unusual to have a nine block applique pattern from the 1920's; they are typical of the 19th century. Well quilted; lovely colors. Newly laundered. Measures 81" square; Pennsylvania origin.
Cotton sateen Baskets quilt done in luscious shades of tropical fruits. Pristine, unwashed condition. Very well quilted. Fine fabrics and craftsmanship. Background is soft shade of seafoam green. Measures 76" x 95". York County, Pennsylvania Mennonite. Circa 1920.
Wonderfully detailed wool hooked rug depicting a sailing ship with a lighthouse and birds in the background. Original pattern with slightly impressionistic quality to the images. Excellent condition. Measures 32" x 45". Circa 1920; Pennsylvania origin.
Open and airy version of Wild Goose Chase pattern quilt. Excellent combination of soft tones of pink and lavender. Excellent, probably unwashed condition. Measures 85" x 92"; Circa 1880; Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Rich chocolate brown gives this Rose of Sharon quilt a very different
effect than one usually finds. Deep shades of brown and orange are softened by the pink centers. Well quilted including hearts throughout. Never washed; has several minor spots that could most likely disappear should one want to give it a bath. Several old, finely done mends are visible in close-ups (could a mouse have gotten to this little used, unwashed quilt?). Measures 88" square; circa 1870. Maine origin.
Brilliantly conceived and crudely executed Framed Center Medallion quilt. Incorporates Turkey Tracks center and Maple Leaves in multiple borders. Excellent condition. Measures 70" x 84"; Maryland origin. Circa 1870. Definitely one of a kind.
Bold Carpenter's Square pattern quilt that is rather amazingly contemporary looking for it's 100 plus years of age. Excellent condition with one small spot on the red that is in a corner (about the size of a quarter. I've not tried to remove it at it is rather inconspicuous). Solid red fabric on a ground of tiny black dots. Measures 80" square; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1890.
Pristine, unwashed Four Patch Crib quilt or Cradle Quilt. Interesting in that the indigo is the only fabric repeated in the four Four Patch blocks. Wonderful scale and colors. Measures 22 1/4" x 23"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
Probably a unique Starflower quilt pattern. On first glance, it looks like a Carolina Lily but in reality, it is much more unusual. Solid colors set on double blue calico seen most often in southeastern Pennsylvania. Binding repeats the red of the stars and creates a wonderful narrow frame. Unwashed condition; circa 1880. Measures 85" square.
11'7" x 7'2" with central cartouche and a charcoal background. Fringe intact and backed.
Subtle and sophisticated One Patch pattern quilt filling a Diamond in the Square. Pristine, unwashed condition. Superb selection and placement of shirting fabrics. Excellent craftsmanship. Central medallion in quilting surrounded by hearts. Difficult to imagine a better example of this type of quilt. Measures 75" square; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1920.
Exquisitely quilted variation of Caesar's Crown pattern in which the negative space, forming a cloverleaf pattern, is as prominent as the primary block. Several different quilting patterns used, all very well done. Unusual border of half stars. Excellent condition; one very small dark brown area is very inconspicuous. Fabrics are all strong and intact. Measures 83" square; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1840.
97" x 92" with names in every white block, various names in the local community and with two squares bearing date of November 1845, Backing later.
An elaborate and beautifully wrought sampler of the "Tree of Life" or "Adam and Eve" type, showing the couple by the apple tree; verse, various symbols and depictions including deer, peacocks, trees, flowers; floral bush border; signed M. Baynes, Aged 11, 1811; new frame and acid free matting; sight size 12" by 12 1/4"; framed size 17 1/2" by 18 1/2"
Overall excellent condition with a few minor and tiny holes
Tremendously unusual arrangement for a Hole in the Barn Door quilt. Dramatic diagonal grid makes it different from other renditions of this pattern. Excellent condition. Circa 1890; York County, Pennsylvania. Measures 73" x 74".
Funky, unusual version of Rocky Road to Kansas done in wools with embroidered hearts, animals and floral motifs. Measures 37" x 70", a wonderful size for hanging whether vertically or horizontally. Cotton stripe backing also used to create the binding. Circa 1920; Maryland origin.
Wonderful tiny scale to each block of this Maple Leaf crib comforter. Beautiful variety of early fabrics. Tied, rather than quilted. Fabrics are in excellent condition. Has not been washed and has a subtle dark spot visible in photos along the bottom. Measures 39" x 55". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
A rich golden background to a continuous vine motif entwined around alternating blue and white stripes; 25 1/2" by 22"
A beautifully worked quilt with the "Star of Bethlehem" design, surrounded by stuffed-work flowers and vines; 87" by 81". Excellent condition.
Embroidered botanical crib quilt shows eight different types of flowers as well as crescent moons. Excellent condition; professionally laundered. Well quilted and embroidered. Measures 37" x 40"; circa 1900. Pennsylvania origin.
Antique Balouchi balisht front, in excellent full pile un-restored condition, with natural dyes, complete with flat-weave ends. Great color palette, including the use of green. It appears to date from the end of the nineteenth century. 22" by 37".
Charming Georgian schoolgirl silk needlework picture of a young girl and her spaniel. The girl is holding out her hand to the little dog, which stands on its hind legs. The detail is incredible: from the little dog, to the window with trees beyond, to the rug with vari-colored squares, to the girl’s dress and blue sash, it’s all beautifully done. Very good condition; there’s a slight sheen to the girl’s face where the weave may have begun to wear. Later frame and backing...
Deep and intense are the words that best describe the blue background color of this Irish Chain quilt. Unwashed condition; all solid colors. Orange binding adds a wonderful contrast to the dark brown border. Measures 66" x 79"; North Carolina origin. Circa 1880.
Very bouncy Kansas Troubles (aka Sawtooth) pattern quilt that is done in solid colors giving it added spark. Additional small triangles at each intersection create Bowtie and Pinwheel patterns. Well quilted in two alternating designs. Freshly washed and spotless. Measures 72" x 82"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1910.
Pulsating Starburst quilt composed of beautiful late 19th century fabrics is contained by three borders. Unwashed condition; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin. Equally interesting fabrics used for bars on the back making the quilt completely reversible. Circa 1880. Measures 82" x 89".
Unusual arrangement of Courthouse Steps in which each block is set on the diagonal. Wonderful combination of solids with printed wool fabrics that are set off by the tiny red centers of each block. Measures 68" square; Pennsylvania origin. Slight damage to one corner visible in thumbnail #8. Circa 1890.
Barnraising Log Cabin quilt done in silks and satins with velvet centers making it far dressier and more elegant than most cotton versions. Small scale to the quilt and the blocks. Cotton sateen border and backing with cable quilting throughout the border. Excellent condition. Measures 62" square; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1890.
Straight Furrows Log Cabin pattern with two unusual features: the center of each log is divided on the diagonal adding intensity to the furrows; and the color scheme is out of the ordinary. The blacks and grays are not often seen in such predominance with the other colors chosen for this quilt. Unwashed condition; flawless with the exception of two small, old and well done patches on the border that are visible in the last thumbnail photo. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1910. Measures 74" square.
Rich colors, a strong pattern and beautiful printed fabrics make this Russian Sunflower Quilt one of the best of its kind. Quilting echoes the circular blocks of the sunflowers. Excellent, unwashed condition. Has an old inconspicuous mend less than the size of a dime in one outer border. Measures 74" x 94"; Circa 1870. Probably North Carolina origin.
The depth and richness of colors on this Straight Furrows Log Cabin quilt are unparalleled. Possibly unique border. Pristine condition; circa 1870. Border and backing are cotton; body of quilt is wool challis. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; measures 84" square
An exuberant quilt that is unusual in several ways. The egg yolk colored centers of each sunflower date to about 1890. The three different printed fabrics used for the diamonds all date between 1830 and 1850. Wonderful border treatment really does give the effect of rising suns. Very well quilted; unwashed condition. Fabrics used for the white background have aged to different shades of ivory...
55" x 50"--this would make a good wall hanging. Late 19th/early 20th C.
86" x 68" star quilt with white cotton backing, excellent condition. MD/PA origin, circa 1890.
Beautifully pieced Feathered Stars Quilt done in pink and green calico, prototypical colors of southeastern Pennsylvania. Unwashed condition; has one very light spot on one of the pink calico areas that only can be seen in certain lights. Extremely dramatic. Measures
78" x 98"; Berks County, Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1870.
Dramatic version of a Log Cabin Straight Furrows pattern done primarily in wool challis with a few logs in silk. Beautiful fabrics on the front as well as the back which is also pieced. Excellent condition. Circa 1870; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 80" x 90".
This early Twentyfive Patch pattern is done with a masterful use of fabrics and color. The dark brown corners of each meet to form an additional Four Patch, all done with some of the most lush, unusual fabrics that I have seen. Very good quilting. Has been professionally laundered with several tiny spots remaining. Measures 75" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1850.
Many features make this a very well executed version of a Double Nine Patch pattern. The blocks are postage stamp size. Each piece of the Nine Patch measures barely one inch. It is very nicely quilted with a variety of patterns. The colors are well placed with reds consistently making up the center. In addition to the Double Nine Patch pattern, it is laid out so that one gets a diagonal chain effect as well. Has been professionally washed. Measures 78" x 92"; Maryland origin; $695.
This Bear's Paw has the quilting and border treatments typical of many of Maryland's finest nineteenth century quilts. The double sawtooth border encases lovely vine quilting. A wreath within a wreath is quilted in each of the white blocks. Measures 94" x 96". Has been professionally laundered. Maryland origin; Circa 1870; $1650.
This is a most unusual Cheater's Cloth fabric done with whimsical detail of the printed embroidery. Three panels are set side by side to effectively create a Straight Furrows arrangement. Unwashed condition. Pennsylvania origin: circa 1880. Measures 79" x 88"; $450.
Wonderful handmade Berlin woolwork purse, from a small, but choice collection, English, circa 1850. Berlin woolwork eclipsed sampler-making and cross stitch from the 1830’s to the 1860’s, when thousands of hand painted patterns (mass-produced in Berlin), including many for purses, were available to English women . Berlin woolwork was worked on canvas in soft German wools, using mostly tent, half-cross, cross and pile stitching...