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.
A wonderful array of fabrics are integrated in this classic Nine Patch pattern quilt. Some of the fabrics date as early as the 1830's; the most recent are from the 1860's. Professionally laundered and in pristine condition. Tulips quilted between the nine patch blocks;unusual quilting designs in the border. Measures 78" x 88"; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.
This Birds in the Air quilt virtually screams of its Lebanon County, Pennsylvania origin. The yellow background is a color most often associated with that area.
The quilt is in excellent condition with the exception of brown spots in four triangles clustered in one area.They are visible in the first thumbnail photo.
Sewn to the back is a label saying that the maker was Dillie Houser Miller from Lebanon County...
This Lone Star is beautifully offset on a fire red background. The soft colors of the star contrast well with the very strong background. The brown used only for the center star makes a great focus. The body of the quilt is stitched with a pattern of diamonds and a cable in the border.
The backing is a bars pattern in red and green calico. It is reversible to this side making for an entirely different quilt.
Measurements are 84" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This Center Medallion or One Patch Doll Quilt begins with fabrics from the 1830's in the center. It works its way to the 1880's in the border and outer frames. The fabrics are all in excellent condition. The quilt is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 16 3/4" x 18 3/4". Pennsylvania origin.
It's unusual to find a Maple Leaf quilt in these colors. They look more like the golden tones of Fall than one usually sees.
The blocks are placed in different directions. It is nicely quilted with groups of four hearts in each of the off blocks.
Measurements are 86" x 87", ample for a queen size bed and serviceable on a king. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.
Thousand Pyramids Quilt with a most unusual center of a printed panel depicting an elegant equestrienne with her hound. It is unusual for a highly pieced quilt to have a central panel. In this case, the elegance of the subject compared with the "country" aspect of the quilt makes for an even more unlikely, though successful, pairing. It is knotted, not quilted. Very good condition. Measures 65" x 87". From the Chadwick Family of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
The unique centers make this well crafted Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple Log Cabin) quilt an especially fine example. The center of each light block is a square, outlined in red, that is appliqued to the quilt. The entire quilt is made of a terrific group of light and dark printed fabrics that are consistently placed to create the whirling motion one associates with this Windmill pattern. Half blocks are used on all four sides to create a nice frame.
The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition...
Classic Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt with a good use of lights and darks. Solid red and orange logs play well against the printed fabrics. Excellent condition. It is lightweight with no batting. Measurements are 78" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This beautiful jewel toned Light and Dark Log Cabin quilt is made of satins giving it a rich luster. The placement of light and dark makes for a variety of patterns and lots of movement. The quilt consists of a top quilted to a cotton backing. It was not completed and does not have a binding but one could easily be added if desired. Measurements are 64" x 74": circa 1870's.
This charm quilt ( no fabric is repeated) is both a Tumbling Blocks and a Six Point Stars pattern. The fabrics are especially nice including two pieces of early chintz and a bird in the center.
It is in crisp, unwashed condition. Measurements are 64" x 71". East Petersburg (Lancaster County); Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Pieced Center Medallion Quilt made of richly colored light weight wools. Unusual format in that the Central Medallion was popular in the first half of the 19th century but had largely gone out of fashion at the time this was made. Quilted but seems to have originally been tied as well as indicated by regularly placed small dark circles.
Circa 1870. Probably New England origin. Measures 68" x 78".
At first glance, this Hexagons pattern may look like Seven Sisters. With a closer look, it is evident that these blocks are filled with triangles, not the stars of Seven Sisters. It appears that the maker created a unique design. It is made with an extensive variety of printed fabrics with solid red and orange drawing attention to each of the centers. Measurements are 62" x 78". It is is very good, unwashed condition. There is an area of several inches of color loss on the border...
Squares within squares such as this are called an Economy Patch quilt pattern. It is made of a terrific combination of late 19th century printed fabrics. Consistent use of yellow squares on the outer edge make a clever differentiation while actually using the same pattern throughout.The backing is a pink and green calico Bars pattern, often seen in quilts from southeast Pennsylvania. Measurements are 82" square; circa 1880. Excellent condition.
The small scale of these Variable Stars could not be more appealing. They are made of a nice mixture of primarily brown and green prints. The stars are contained with a wonderful zigzag border. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition.
Pinned to the quilt is a label saying "Made by Susan L. Mathews about 1888 Property of Julia Gorham Crane"...
This Birds in the Air quilt is made of a wide selection of printed fabrics that date from the mid 19th century to the 1880's. Placement of darks and lights gives a nice diagonal movement to the whole piece. The quilting is done in a pattern of concentric arcs. Condition is excellent; measurements are 66" x 82".
I believe this to be a unique combination of the patterns Birds in the Air and Straight Furrows. Wonderful arrangement of lights and darks makes this country quilt very dramatic. Pristine, unwashed condition. Lebanon County, Pennsylvania origin. Measures 76" x 80". Totally reversible to Bars back on which the quilting, particularly the cable pattern throughout the border, shows even better than on the front. Circa 1890.
At first glance, this may look like a Log Cabin quilt but in fact, it is concentric squares with Four Patch centers. The quilt is made entirely of wool challis with the same red and green prints used throughout. The centers are a greater selection of prints, many of which have light tones that give a bit of a twinkle to an otherwise fairly dark quilt. It is in excellent condition. Measurements are 82" x 92', quite large for the time period.
Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.