Charming Schoolhouse quilt made very lively by the use of solid red fabrics. While traditional in some ways, the quilt also has an interesting abstract quality due to the placement of the varied colored vertical and horizontal blocks. Has several very light smudges but essentially in excellent condition. Measures 64" x 69"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
This Nine Patch crib quilt is simultaneously crude and sophisticated. It is a basic pattern made with an unusual color palette. The consistently white centers surrounded by irregular placement of calico gives it a
nice, irregular twinkle.
Measurements are 31 1/2" x 38 1/2". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's. Slight fraying to the binding in some places but no other condition issues. The backing is cotton muslin.
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
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.
This miniature hexagons quilt is quite astounding on several levels. It has the smallest hexagons I have seen. They measure about 3/4" to a side. The fabrics range from the 1830's to 1870's. The quilt is in mint, unwashed condition. Use of the red circles is terrific in creating a focus. Quilts such as this with thousand of pieces were often made in the late 19th century for competitions at fairs. I hope this got the blue ribbon it deserves! Measurements are 71" x 83".
There's method to this madness. What at first appears to be a jumble is actually an orderly arrangement of Nine Patch and Hourglass quilt blocks arranged in rows. While different in size, nearly each block is framed by log cabin strips. Three borders are the same triangles; the fourth is diagonal strips. Excellent, probably unwashed condition. Light smudging on one block. Soft calico prints are beautifully combined to create a twinkly palette of light and dark...
This unique quilt depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is a folk art masterpiece. It was made in Vermont in the 1830's by a member of the Sinclair family.
The center of the quilt portrays Creation with the sun surrounded by four phases of the moon. Below the center circle is shown Eve picking the forbidden fruit with a snake rearing its threatening head. To the right we see Eve giving the apple to Adam. At the top, Adam and Eve are driven from the Garden of Eden...
Great combination of Bars and Nine Patch Quilt. Extra bonus is the Cheater's Cloth backing, making it totally reversible to a printed patchwork. Nine Patches are smaller than postage stamp size. Each piece is a miniaturized 1/2" to a side. Excellent condition; damage to only one block - visible in last of the thumbnail photos showing the Nine Patches. Terrific fabrics both front and back. Measures 76" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This painted pot of flowers was probably intended as a decorative table mat. It measures 9 1/4" long x 8 5/8" wide and is professionally mounted on a stretcher that is 11 1/4" x 12". It is signed on the bottom Irena Foater who was probably the proud maker but might also have been the recipient.
There is a small right angle tear in the central flower that shows in the thumbnail. There are no other condition issues...
Variation of Lemoyne Stars Quilt pattern that may be unique. Central star is surrounded by a half star in each corner. White background is pieced so that the central star is in a square surrounded by a diamond. All done in a wonderful, richly colored plaid fabric. Nicely quilted. Professionally laundered; excellent condition. Some staining on back but none on the front. Measures 73" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
This four block Pots of Flowers quilt is over the top both in terms of design and execution. The flowers; leaves; stems and chain sashing are all heavily stuffed applique. Finely detailed embroidery outlines the applique. Exuberant does not begin to describe the dense design that is so full it has something of an abstract look.
The quilt has similarities to the work of Baltimore quilt maker known as Designer Three. Her quilts, as well as this piece, are intense in design and padded applique...
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.
Diamonds in Squares quilt done in deep indigo calico. Triple grid forms Nine Patch intersections for an additional pattern. Professionally laundered; excellent condition. Nicely quilted. Measures 70" x 78". Signed on the back in red thread "Julie N W". Circa 1880.
This terrific positive/ negative quilt pattern goes by both the names of Robbing Peter to Pay Paul and Orange Peel.
It is made with two deep indigo fabrics both of which have orange printed patterns.The entire quilt is the same fabric with the exception of one end which was used to distinguish the side meant for the top of the bed. It is nicely quilted with four lobed flowers in the large white areas.
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition...
Evening Stars quilt with a terrific assortment of red printed fabrics dating from the 1830's - 50's. Sashing and border fabrics appear closer to 1870. Paisley prints consistently used in the intersections. Excellent condition. Measures 78" x 81"; Pennsylvania origin.
Elegant version of the popular Tumbling Blocks quilt pattern. Done in silks with a velvet border. Each half cube around the border is embellished with a different embroidery color and pattern. Excellent condition; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880; measures 66" x 76".
While not technically a Jacob's Ladder pattern, this unusual quilt is closest to the pattern by that name. Elegantly quilted with wreaths in each of the off blocks. Nice variety of late 19th century indigo prints. Sawtooth border makes the perfect frame. Body of the quilt is in perfect condition; very slight fraying on the binding. Measures 70" x 72"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
This Sawtooth pattern quilt (aka Indian Meadow) is as crisp and fresh as the day it was made in the 1870's. The fabrics are beautiful with an unusual soft pink print in the off triangles. It is well quilted with clamshell patterns in the printed triangles; diagonal lines in the pink triangles and a basketweave pattern throughout the border.
A sawtooth inner border surrounds the blocks on three sides. On the fourth, the block itself provides the triangle edge. Measurements are 75" x 88".
The combination of Caesar's Crown with Mariner's Compass patterns and their placement are brilliant. The central and corner block compasses draw the eye throughout the piece. The floral chintz border and pink sashing soften the geometry of the pieced patterns. Professionally laundered and in excellent condition. There is very slight toning to the back that does not show on the front. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1850. Measurements are 96" square.
It is difficult to characterize this unique quilt. The Carpenter's Wheel center is surrounded by Flying Geese; King's Crown and Rolling Stone corner blocks. I'm not sure whether this is enough to characterize it as a strippy sampler quilt.
The quilt was found in eastern Pennsylvania.
It is imaginative and well made. It is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 68" x 76"; circa 1880.
This Birds in the Air quilt is delicately made with small, well pieced triangles. The use of three different size triangles contributes to the effect of birds in flight.
The quilt measures 66" x 79". It is well quilted with a diamonds pattern throughout. Condition is excellent; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This classic Nine Patch quilt is nicely scaled and well quilted. There is a flower in each of the white blocks and a feather running throughout the border. It is freshly laundered. The border fabric is a more ivory shade of white than the interior. The quilt is in outstanding condition. Measurements are 40" x 52". Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This charming crib quilt is made with Nine Patch blocks that abut one another creating a Bars pattern. Between the rows of Nine Patches are four rows of fabric; three of which are different aspects of the same print. The quilt is in very good condition. The fabrics are all strong and intact. There is some very slight discoloration on the pink calico border. Measurements are 40" x 45 1/2".
Oley, Pennsylvania (Berks County) origin; circa 1880.
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.
Outstanding, rare pattern of a Delectable Mountains crib quilt done in one of southeast Pennsylvania's favorite color combinations. Well pieced and quilted. Unwashed condition; water marks on back do not show through to the front. Berks County, Pennsylvania; circa 1870.
This Victorian Courthouse Steps Log Cabin is more elegant and "dressier" than most quilts. It is made of silks and satins. The logs are a wonderful small scale with a great use of light and dark. The Fans pattern border is the perfect frame for the Log Cabin design.
The quilt is mounted and stretched in a plexiglass frame measuring 60" x 62".
Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's.
This bold barn raising log cabin quilt beautifully combines patterned wool fabrics to create added interest to the eye. The use of light fabrics in the center diamond draws your eye immediately to this focal point while the many additional prints lead you throughout the entire pattern. The four triangles of color within the red frame are particularly well placed. Upon close examination, one sees that the border is actually a herringbone pattern combining solid blacks with printed fabrics...
Unusual set up of Variable Stars quilt pattern arranged in strips alternating with plain Bars. Wonderful fabrics which date from the 1840's - 1860's. Pristine, unwashed condition. Interesting quilting pattern of thistles set at right angles to the long Bars. Measures 73" x 80". Lebanon County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860. A real gem for lovers of early fabrics.
Groups of four Pinwheel blocks are set together to create a dense pattern with lots of movement. Browns, greens and teals together make for an especially rich palette. Machine quilted. Several water marks visible on border and one in lowest of middle group of Pinwheels. Fabrics are strong and could probably be washed but I have not touched it. Backing is pieced bars. Measures 78" x 86". Franklin County, Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation project label is shown on thumbnail photo. Circa 1870.
This large size crib quilt might better be referred to as a youth quilt. It is an unusual size, measuring 54" x 46". It is comprised of beautiful, well blended brown prints from the 1870's and 1880's. It has a very light batting.
Condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin; last quarter of the 19th century.
This broderie perse album quilt has an unusually large number of blocks totaling 156. The chintz cutouts depict flowers; wreaths; baskets and birds, Written in ink is the date 1843 and Trenton, N.J. It has names from the Vallette; McNeely; Aiken and Coleman families.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition with the glaze fully intact. It measures 103" x 110".
Best of all is the tag pinned to the quilt saying it was from the collection of Florence Peto. Mrs...
The richly colored Princess Feather quilt is a color choice with this pattern seen several times only in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Variations exist in the center motifs but the four block Princess Feather on a rich blue ground with red and orange is a combination found only in Lancaster. This quilt has an especially nice continuation of the appliqued feathers throughout the border.
It is well quilted with a waffle design throughout the body. There is a sliver of color loss on one edge...
Elegant Crazy Doll Quilt that is much dressier than doll quilts usually are. Handmade lace is an exceptional border for the piece. Embroidery includes nearly every motif typical of Victorian crazy quilts - flowers, fans and butterflies. Better than usual are the chickens, horse and man. Excellent condition. Maryland origin; circa 1890. Professionally framed; measures 23" x 28".
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.
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...
This Pinwheels crib quilt is set up in such a way that it creates an additional pattern of Streak of Lightning with the sashing. It is made with a very Pennsylvania combination of calico fabrics. The sawtooth border is a nice follow through of the triangle theme of the interior of the quilt. There are several very light spots of some color loss on the peach fabric that are visible with close examination but they are very minor. The back is made of different fabrics than the front that are pieced...
Beautiful Feathered Diamonds Quilt with a diagonal sashing. The white open diamonds highlight the fine quilting of feather patterns. The sawteeth, or feathers, are done with a wonderful variety of fabrics. Excellent, unwashed condition. Measures 80" x 96". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
This reversible doll quilt has a One Patch pattern on both sides. The side with smaller squares has a triangle border on one end to indicate that it was meant for the head. There is some staining in one of the border triangles but no other condition mentionables. Each piece is outlined with pale yellow embroidery.
The reverse side is made up of larger squares (approximately 2 1/2" to a side). The embroidery from the reverse is visible in a pattern of squares within the pieced blocks. Because of...
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.
While Irish Chain is a very popular pattern, rarely does one find it on a brown ground. This is the rich color of milk chocolate. It is a solid color with printed yellow and rust or terra cotta color.
The brown blocks are quilted with floral medallions. Measurements are 80 inches square; condition is excellent.
Made circa 1880; Adams County, Pennsylvania origin.
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 pieced Center Medallion quilt is an extraordinary sampler of fabrics and design. Each frame is filled with a huge selection of fabrics, most of which are printed. A variety of triangle shapes makes for variation but with consistency. The center Sixteen Patch block draws the eye to a pattern not seen elsewhere in the quilt. The red band is especially effective in emphasizing the structure of the multiple frames. Measurements are 78" x 89"; excellent condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870...
This Baskets Quilt has so much going on that it is difficult to know how to name it. An appliqued flower comes out of each basket. It has a triple diagonal sashing intersecting with Nine Patch blocks.
Repeated use of the green calico on the base of the baskets; handles and flower stems makes a nice balance to the strong use of solid red. Stems of the flowers are finely embroidered.
The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. It measures 88 inches square. It is nicely quilted with pinwheel p...
Bold and "Dutchy" Sampler Quilt with both traditional blocks and original interpretations. Colors wonderfully arranged to set off the four central squares. Excellent condition; a tiny amount of discoloration on one block visible in thumbnail photo. Measures 82" square; Berks County, Pennsylvania origin.
This folky Sampler Quilt has a great combination of traditional and original blocks. Nothing could be more traditional than the center Schoolhouse done with nicely inked detail. Below it is a Bear's Paw signed "Fannie J. Gould March 24, 1892".
While the top was certainly made in the 19th century, the backing is later. It seems to be from the 1950's.
The quilt is in excellent condition. Measurements are 76" x 78"; New England origin.
This Four Patch Doll Quilt was likely a practice piece for a young girl.
The diagonal line quilting along the border, for instance, is clearly an effort at fine stitching yet the wobbliness and irregularity of the lines may indicate it was made by a novice. Similarly, the piecing of the printed triangles fabric on the right border was done by someone who had not fine tuned her skills. In spite of (or because of) these technical flaws, the quilt has a real charm to it. It's made with a nice sele...
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 area of fade ...
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.
An interesting fragment of Victorian needlework, the somewhat shiny black (chintz, silk?) fragment of an irregular shape, later laid on a dull black linen backing to attempt to match the color, the final result currently round and 12 1/2" diameter, and 19 1/2" on a side in a new square frame (in excellent condition) with clean mat. The design includes a butterfly, daisies, pansies and other flowers, and grasses gone to seed. I am not a specialist in textiles but that is my best take on what I ...
Crib quilt with unusual arrangement of Nine Patch set in Bars. Orange centers add just the right zing to this charming piece. Nicely quilted with extremely tiny stitches. Front is in excellent condition; a small area of wear on the back does not come through to the front. Measures 29" x 39". Circa 1880; Wisconsin origin.
After considerable searching, I discovered that the name of this unusual quilt pattern is Full Moon. It combines the great positive/negative qualities of the Mill Wheel pattern with additional, larger circles. The bold zig zag border is a wonderful counterpoint to the round shapes of the body of the quilt. Professionally laundered; pristine condition. Measures 72" x 76"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1870.
This is a finely made version of the Wandering Foot quilt pattern both in terms of piecing and quilting.
The red and green diamonds are especially small. The group around the central block are nicely placed to create an additional circular design.
Quilting patterns are wreaths with pinwheel centers. The quilt is in pristine condition.
Measurements are 74" x 88". Made circa 1860.
This Evening Stars Quilt is a lovely variation of a traditional pattern. Placing one star within another and placing the red stars abutting one another creates a variety of optical illusions and additional patterns. The quilt is from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; circa 1880.
It is finely quilted with several different floral patterns in the white blocks, a nice counterpoint to the geometric stars. It has been professionally laundered. There is very slight fading along part of one green edge but oth...
It's not often that one sees a Lone Star (aka Star of Bethlehem or Texas Star) quilt in a crib size. This fine example is done with perfectly Pennsylvania colors. Four different calico prints are well combined with a fifth one for the backing.
The blue corner blocks are nicely quilted with small diamonds and a cable pattern in the border. Measurements are 40 inches square. It is in excellent condition with a pea size smudge in the outer border. There is a tiny hole on the back where it probably...
This Princess Feather (aka Prince's Feather) quilt has two particularly unusual features. The central motif as well as the centers of the feathers are all stuffed applique. Four hearts surround the very center motif. Yellow within the stuffed work appliques really makes them pop. The other especially distinctive feature is that the feathers terminate in unusual pointed shapes.The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. It is nicely quilted with a variety of patterns. Pennsylvania origin; circ...
This charming One Patch Doll Quilt was either the practice piece of a child or the work of a mother whose good intentions exceeded her skill. I believe it was meant to be a One Patch with all equal squares. Overall, it does "read" like a checkerboard pattern but in fact, some of the blue striped blocks are elongated rectangles (one in a different direction than the others) and some of the red blocks are narrowed. It is hand quilted in brown thread. Measures 16 1/2" square. There is a hole in one...
Pattern; color and scale are combined in this Wild Goose Chase Quilt to make a very bold statement. The quilt is in pristine; un-used condition. It is from Walkersville, Maryland (Frederick County); circa 1890. Measurements are 71" x 84". The pattern is equally effective whether shown vertically or horizontally.
It's difficult to say whether or not the maker of this Fifteen Point Lone Star Quilt set out to make this pattern or whether it got out of control. In either case, it is likely unique. It is interesting that five point stars surround the central image and the overall star essentially has five sides. So maybe this was all intentional? Unwashed, immaculate condition. Wonderful selection of fabrics. Measures 80" square; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Dramatic Irish Chain quilt framed by a most unusual variation of a swag border. Signed and dated 1890; Pennsylvania origin. Unwashed condition with several light spots that could be removed with laundering. Nicely waffle quilted. Measures 82" x 90".
This LeMoyne Stars quilt is made with a glorious combination of richly colored printed materials. The border consists of two different glazed chintz fabrics with flowers; fruit and birds. The Stars are milk and dark brown chocolate colors with one lone indigo corner block.
The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Several of the fabrics in addition to the border are glazed.
It is quilted with straight lines and outlines around the Stars. The backing is a plain white cotton. Measurements a...