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.
Elegant Robbing Peter to Pay Paul quilt with glazed chintz border. Unwashed condition; one area of faint discoloration but essentially excellent condition. Several slightly different printed fabrics used for the lighter areas. Backing fabric, shown in last thumbnail photo, is most likely home dyed. Measures 82" x 108". Circa 1850; Pennsylvania origin. Illustrated in "The Quilt: A History and Celebration of an American Art Form" by Elise Schebler Roberts.
Four Hourglass blocks are combined to create a Pinwheel pattern in this lovely 1920's doll quilt. Excellent condition. Well scaled to the size of the piece, including the cable quilted border. Measures 28 1/2" square. Berks County, Pennsylvania origin.
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.
Charming Four Patch quilt with each small block set in a diamond. Terrific variety of fabrics are nicely framed by a large triangle border. Clamshell quilting in border. Pristine, probably unwashed condition. Circa 1880; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 69" x 74".
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".
Extremely handsome Hole in the Barn Door quilt done in rich, printed fabrics. Pristine, unwashed condition. Generous size of 92" square. Reversible to two printed bands and a striped middle. Well pieced; cable quilting in borders. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
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 extraordinary quilt is so much more than a traditional Double Nine Patch pattern. Not only do the alternate blocks form an additional strong pattern; when seen from a distance, the viewer realizes that each Nine Patch block is set in a brown circle, all of which are gracefully connected. Excellent condition; measures 82" x 84". Well crafted. Likely an original patern. Circa 1870.
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.
Velvets make this Tumbling Blocks Pattern quilt even more alive than this pattern usually is. Wonderful diamond border makes a wonderful frame. Measures 38" x 80", probably made for a daybed. Great size to hang vertically in a stairwell or horizontally over a sofa or fireplace. Cotton sateen backing; both tied and quilted. Pristine condition; circa 1920. Pennsylvania origin.
This velvet Tumbling Blocks quilt is as lush and sensuous as a sable coat - but more politically correct. Rich, dense colors combined with the depth of the fabric make this an exceptional example of an always desirable pattern. Wonderfully three dimensional. Tied on the back which is cafe au lait colored cotton sateen that also forms the binding. Albany, New York origin. Measures 67" x 78"; circa 1880.
This is an extraordinary, bold and original interpretation of a Honeycomb, or Hexagon pattern quilt. Graceful wreaths and vining borders are brilliantly offset against the dominant central pattern. Illustrated in The Quilt Engagement Calendar when I last owned it: I have recently re-purchased it from a collection. Very well pieced and appliqued. Finely cross hatch quilted. Unwashed condition; several area of light discoloration are visible in thumbnail photos...
Very rare and beautiful Antique Burmese Kalaga wall hanging/tapestry depicting 8 dancers with hundreds of hand hammered sequins, pearl and glass beads as well as metallic threads. Due to age and climatic conditions some wear to some parts, but overall nice condition. Mounted/sewn on 100% Thai silk backing. 2 stylized wooden rods not included in price. Size: L. 175 cm x H. 52 cm...
This Four Baskets pattern was immortalized some twenty years ago when it was used as a United States postage stamp. The placement of color in this example makes it even more interesting than most. The use of two colors gives both the original block of two red (it "reads" pink but the material is actually a soft brick color with a white print) and two green baskets. One can see equally prominently a block of four red and four green baskets...
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".