Unusual combination of Four Patch within a Sixteen Patch. Pristine, unwashed condition. Westminster, Maryland origin. Beautiful selection of 1870's fabrics. Measures 73" square.
This unusual Center Medallion would be described by most as a mother-daughter quilt. The center pieced and appliqued original design was done in the 1860's and the outer frames completed some twenty or thirty years later.
The center is a quirky and original design surrounded by more traditional tulips. The red outer frames are done in a calico print from the late 19th century. The quilt has been professionally laundered...
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.
Cross Roads Crib Quilt done with unusual prints in a very sophisticated color palette. Each of the light color fabrics depicts nail heads in red and black. Symmetrically arranged to create the appearance of a grid in the center that seems to be underneath the criss cross of each block. Unwashed condition confirmed on the back by remnants of the paper label from the fabric bolt. Has several light smudges. Measures 42" square; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1890.
This unusual Bars quilt is made of two printed fabrics. A paisley pattern is used for half of the Bars and the border. A second, very compatible print is used for the alternating Bars. Quilting throughout is with double rows of diagonal lines.
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition.
Measurements are 72" x 96". New York State origin; circa 1870's.
This unusual quilt is intended to be completely reversible. One side is a One Patch and the reverse is Wild Geese(aka Birds in the Air). While the quilt was made in the late 19th century, the Wild Geese incorporates some fabrics from the mid century. It is especially interesting to find elegant glazed chintz in three of the blocks of this otherwise country quilt...
Well pieced Ocean Waves pattern done on a stunning forest green ground.Small triangles make up the waves that are a lively combination of light and dark calico fabrics. Has never been washed and is clean but shows several very slight fade lines. Measures 70" x 87". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
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...
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.
Striking Light and Dark Diamonds quilt with a beautiful use of fabrics and rich color. In addition to the outlines of the diamonds, the inside creates an Hourglass pattern. The two unusual fabrics on the border are a great enclosure for the diamonds. The quilt is especially well pieced.
It is as fresh and crisp as the day it was made some 140 plus years ago. Measurements are 76 inches square. Hershey, Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1880.
This four part floral applique quilt appears to be an original pattern. Each stem of two flowers is part of a group of four that creates a dense cluster. The same flowers "grow" out of the swag border. It is very well quilted with feathery designs throughout the white sashing.
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 84" x 92". Made circa 1860.
This Light and Dark wool challis Log Cabin quilt is done with unusually light tones. A note pinned to the quilt explains that the fabrics were from two dresses of the maker, Louisa Dreibelbis. One can only assume they were among her favorites. While the front of the quilt is entirely of fine wools, the backing is made of cotton pieced in a Bars pattern.
The quilt is in excellent condition. There is a very small darned area in one corner where it may have gotten caught on something...
Cake Stand Baskets Crib Quilt on an intense indigo printed ground. Baskets are a nice variety of late 19th century fabrics. Slight water staining in one of the light tan blocks; all else in fine condition. Nice striped backing visible in last thumbnail photo. Measures 30" x 36". Maine origin; circa 1880.
This wonderful Thousand Pyramids crib quilt is made with a rich variety of late 19th century printed fabrics. The maker continued the pattern theme with larger triangles for the inner border. As if she hadn't pieced enough, she continued with a One Patch pattern for the reverse.
The quilt is in mint, unwashed condition. Measurements are 47 1/2" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Streak of Lightning Crib Quilt in pink and green calico so popular in late 19th century Pennsylvania. Colors have softened some with washing. Front is in very good condition; some breaks in the wonderful printed paisley backing visible in last thumbnail photo. Measures 35" x 40"; circa 1870. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin.
Both the pattern and colors make this Sunburst quilt a really powerful design. I like to think that the center and corners choices of flowers warmed by the sun are a symbolic choice as well as good design. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. The body is quilted with postage stamp size squares and a cable pattern in the border.
An identical quilt is in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum and is attributed to a member of Alverda H...
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.
This Cotton Crazy Quilt is truly a collage of fabrics. The center has the structure of a Nine Patch within a Diamond in a Square. This unusual touch pulls in your eye before wandering around the composition of irregularly shaped pieces. It is made of a wonderful variety of late 19th century fabrics and is in mint condition. The red and white polka dot fabric is a bold and effective frame for this unusual quilt. Measurements are 86" x 92"; Pennsylvania origin.
Some would call this pattern Mariner's Compass. I prefer Rising Suns, particularly with the warm orange centers. Never before have I seen an example so tiny and finely crafted. Each ray is but a tiny sliver.
The combination of the Suns with budding flowers appears to be an original combination. Setting it on an indigo ground makes it especially striking and unusual. It is quilted with three geometric patterns...
This unusual geometric quilt can be seen in several ways. Vertically, the large blocks look like giant Hourglass patterns. Horizontally, they look like stylized Baskets. In either case, it is an imaginative pattern, well executed. Unwashed condition with several minor age spots. Measures 70" x 82"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1890. A note pinned to the quilt says it was "pieced by Grandmother Haines - signed Grace Woodbury".
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...
Charming Pinwheels Crib Quilt done on a wonderful small scale. Each Pinwheel block measures 2 3/4 inches in diameter.
The red Pinwheel blades really pop against the blue calico ground. The border is nicely quilted with a pattern of diamonds. The quilt has been washed in its lifetime and remains in very good condition. There is one small snag in the blue that is about the size of a pea but no other condition mentionables...
This extraordinary pictorial quilt depicts images that are both fierce and friendly. On the bottom are hounds chasing stags while on the top is a tree of life surrounded by birds, one of which may be a dove. It's a shame not to be able to speak with the quiltmaker to learn more of her intent but perhaps it is a metaphor for both the danger and kindness of life. Or am I reading too much into it?
The quilt is from Pennsylvania; circa 1870's. Measurements are 77" x 78". It is in very good conditio...
This Lone Star (aka Texas Star or Star of Bethlehem) doll quilt is a terrific miniature. Rarely does one see a small one in this pattern.
The quilt measures 23 1/2 inches square. Because it is square, it would look especially good if hung on point.
It is well quilted with floral medallions in the corners around the Star; cable in the pink border and diagonal lines in the outer border.
The front is in spotless condition. There are scattered small orange spots on the back that do not show throu...
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".
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.
Whimsical would be the best way to describe this unusual fruit quilt. I believe they are meant to be apples but one can also make a case for cherries. Regardless of which you prefer, it is in excellent condition; made circa 1870. It is quilted with concentric diamonds and has a border on three sides that alternates the colors of the fruit. Measurements are 80 inches square.
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.
This Light and Dark Log Cabin quilt is a particularly well done example of a classic pattern. Many log cabins are not actually quilted and this one is, as can easily be seen in the red centers. It is a popular belief that the frequently used red centers of log cabins represent the hearth of the home. The piano key border is an especially desirable edge treatment. The quilt is made from a well chosen and placed variety of wool fabrics. Measurements are 76" square; excellent condition. Pennsylvan...
Classic Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple) Log Cabin quilt done in beautiful light wools. Has a great deal of whirling movement for which this pattern is known. Excellent condition; desirable piano key border on three sides. Measures 68" x 75". Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
This Economy Patch doll quilt is made with a wonderful variety of
fabrics dating from the 1830's to 1880's. It has a lovely distribution of lights and darks. It is in excellent condition with the small apology of one light diamond that may have been replaced at some point. It is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring
20 1/2" square. 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.
This Mennonite Windmill Blades Log Cabin quilt (aka Pineapple Log Cabin) is one of the finest I have had the pleasure to own. It is made of wool challis with deep, rich colors and five borders that repeat fabrics within the quilt. The logs are a mere 1/4" in width. Corner blocks of diagonal stripes are the ultimate finishing point. Measurements are 72" x 83". Annville, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870. Excellent condition.
This beautiful applique quilt appears to be an original pattern alternating with traditional oakleaves. The red fabric is as unusual as the pattern. It is very well quilted with wreaths between the applique. The centers have different designs including hearts; stars; apples; flowers and a pear.
The quilt is in excellent unwashed condition. There is slight unevenness to the background that could be remedied with a wash but I don't feel it is necessary.
Measurements are 86" x 88". Pennsylvania o...
This Feathered Stars quilt is exquisitely made in every way. It is tightly pieced with small triangles to the stars as well as the triple border. Placement of the stars creates wonderful positive/negative images with the off blocks. Floral medallions are quilted in the square off blocks. The diamond shaped blocks are quilted with a variety of floral; fylfot and heart patterns.
The quilt is in pristine condition. It has been professionally laundered since these photos were taken and the backgro...
Pristine condition Star of Bethlehem quilt on an unusual indigo calico ground. Nicely planned with the central star repeating the fabrics of the corner stars. Unwashed condition. Border fabric may "read" as pink but is actually a tiny red and white stripe. Measures 76" x 78: Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
Exquisitely small scale of the pieces make this Tumbling Blocks Quilt a true gem. Each block measures a mere 1 1/16" to a side. Very good condition; a few small mends are visible upon close inspection. Made of a nice variety of lightweight wools. Backing is cotton; a navy blue frame surrounds a red rectangle. Measures 52" x 72"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1870.
Stunning Mariner's Compass Quilt with an unusual Delectable Mountains border. Unusual color palette. Pristine, probably unwashed condition. Measures 86" x 88": Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1860.
This is an elegant version of an Album Patch (aka Chimney Sweep) quilt done in a glorious grouping of fabrics from the second quarter of the 19th century. The binding is a hand loomed tape. The center is signed with the name Martha Harper. She was from Yardley, Pennsylvania; born in 1807. The fabric used for the diagonal sashing and border looks to be pieced but is actually one blue and brown printed material.
The quilt is in excellent condition. There are several light water marks on the back ...
Made of fairly heavy wool fabrics; circa 1870. Maryland origin. The plaid triangles against the solid color bars give the illusion of tremendous movement to the geese. 85" x 86 1/2"
The name Thousand Pyramids does not come close to the actual number of pieces in this quilt. It consists of 8640 well pieced trangles. Unwashed condition. Inked initials; Kempton, Pennsylvania origin (Berks County). Circa 1870. Measures 82" x 89".
This Barnraising Log Cabin quilt is an American classic. It has a very nice variety of late 19th century printed fabrics. The logs are a desirable small scale. The red and green outer borders are good complements to the interior fabrics. It is well quilted with cable patterns in the borders.
Mint, unwashed condition. Measurements are 80" x82": Pennsylvania origin.
This is an extremely unusual and bold variation of the Log Cabin pattern surrounded by a fabulous piano key border. Calico fabrics of the 1870's and 80's. Adams County, Pennsylvania origin. Measures 82" square.
This pulsating starburst quilt is all the more amazing because it is what is known as a "Charm Quilt," which means no fabric is repeated. Many are similar but when closely examined, it is evident that they are not the same. The maker chose a wonderful group of fabrics including several dogs; birds and cats as well as George Washington. Several show apples but when different parts of the same print are used, makers seem to consider them eligible to be charms.
Made in Pennsylvania a the time of t...
Incorporating a house motif in the center, approx, 72" x 86"
This stunning Mariner's Compass crib quilt is unlike any other I've seen in terms of color palette as well as design.
The central Compass is framed with quarter Compasses and a triangle border. Quilting follows the pieced blocks. The quilt is from the Ausherman Family of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania ( Franklin County).
It is professionally mounted on a stretcher that is wired to be hung either horizontally or vertically. The green is more vibrant than appears on my monitor. If you would like to s...
The Centennial bandanna forms a central medallion for this Log Cabin quilt done in the 1870's. It's always useful to have a date such as on the bandanna in order to verify the age of the fabrics forming the Log Cabin. Slight fraying on the binding and one split in the interior seen on a close-up. Measures 80" x 91"; Pennsylvania origin.
This classic Album Patch quilt is made with a beautiful selection of fabrics from the third quarter of the 19th century. A rich paisley print is used for most of the sashing and pulls together the many other printed fabrics. A related paisley print is used both within the quilt and as an anchoring border. The quilt is in outstanding condition. Measurements are 77" x 80". Maryland origin; circa 1870.
Chimney Sweep Quilt that is much more dramatic than this pattern usually is due to the small scale of the blocks and the deep, inky blue fabric. Unwashed, excellent condition. Nicely quilted. Measures 78" square; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This Classic Baltimore album quilt has all of the fine needlework that one expects to find in this most prized category of 19th century quilts.
It is beautifully quilted with tiny stitches and graceful patterns that wraparound the appliqued blocks. The blocks are done with a combination of applique; reverse applique; embroidery and padded applique making for three dimensional blocks. The vine and flowers border beautifully carries through the applique in the body of the quilt. The quilt has the...
This Birds in the Air crib quilt is a finely made rendition of a pattern usually seen in full size. It is well quilted with a cable pattern running throughout the triple borders. It has been professionally laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 39 1/2" x 41".
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
Embroidered in the blocks of this unique crib quilt is the following message:
Your childhood years, they will soon be over
And your school days, then all will be...
May health, wealth and happiness be your lot
As long as your life shall last.
Your Grandma has made this spread for your feet
And decked it with colors all bright
And when you are warmly tucked into your bed
Then think of your Grandma - Good night.
Harriet S. Smith, Aged 69 June 11th, 1885
Detail photos sho...
Dramatic Star of Bethlehem quilt with beautiful printed fabrics on a solid white ground. Surrounding stars set in squares are an unusual variation. Quilted mostly with patterns of circles that are a nice contrast to the straight lines of the pieced pattern. Professionally laundered; pristine condition. Measures 84" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.
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.
Pristine, unwashed reversible quilt. One side is brick and green calico bars and the other is printed patchwork. Un-used condition; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 86" x 94".
Exquisitely miniaturized Evening Stars Quilt in which each star block measures just 2 1/4" to a side. Beautifully planned to create diagonal lines of color. Each of the borders is quilted with a different pattern, beginning with hearts in the chocolate brown. Mint, unwashed condition. Measures 84" square. Oley, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
This lovely Floral Wreaths quilt has many traditional elements yet shows its own unique personality.
The repetition of the flower in the center of the wreath is an unusual variation. Berries or grapes in the border with a leaf different from the interior is also somewhat out of the ordinary as is the sashing separating the blocks. One does not usually see that in applique quilts. It is very nicely quilted with diamonds throughout. Measurements are 63" x 68" which is unusually small for this kin...
Initially, this pattern looks as though it consists of large pieced triangles. In actuality, they are made up of strips about one inch in width. Wonderful 1870's fabrics. The reverse is pieced in squares. No flaws on the front. A blotch is visible in the photo of the reverse side. Measures 73" x 74". Pennsylvania origin.
Polka dot sashing makes this LeMoyne Stars quilt especially lively and vibrant. The primary and secondary stars are made with a beautiful variety of printed fabrics. The double diamond border repeats the shape of the arms of the stars but placement makes them look completely different. The binding is made of the same polka dot fabric as the gating.
The quilt measures 75" x 85"; excellent condition; New York State origin; circa 1870.
Bold String Stars (aka Spider Stars) quilt done in the fabrics typical of southeastern Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. The blue calico ground and double pink sashing and border scream Lancaster County. Solid colors used in the center of the stars highlight their octagonal shape. The dark solid colors are indigo, not black as they may appear. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. In the upper right corner is the name Bertha done in paint. Measurements are 77" x 80".