Striking Straight Furrows Log Cabin quilt done in fine wool challis with an elegant glazed cotton backing. The quilt is made with beautifully combined jewel toned printed and solid fabrics. The centers are unusual in that they are Four Patches rather than the usual single block. The binding is a narrow red wool tape.
Measurements are 84" x 85". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
This patriotic Shields quilt is unusual in both pattern and size. It measures 58 inches square.
The quilt is from Hometown, Pennsylvania (Schuylkill County) and was probably made at the time of World War I. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. There are a few light smudges in the border that can likely be removed with washing. The background is made of several different white cotton fabrics...
Turkmenistan Tekke Bokhara Trible Rug, Before 1910, approximately 6' x 4', all wool hand knotted and flat weave like kilim, beautiful tiny Tekke Bokhara designs throughout the entire rug, the tiny knots are so fine and exact, back side is almost like front, all 4 side edges are in good condition, no worn spots anywhere and very clean.
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 Evening Stars quilt is well pieced and finely quilted. Each miniature star is 2 7/8 inches in diameter. The white blocks echo the format of the groups of five stars with five miniature wreaths in quilting.
Measurements are 89" x 92". Made circa 1870; condition is excellent.
This overall Hexagon quilt is bursting with diamonds and hexagons radiating out from the center. The very center hexagon is a fussy cut duet of roses. Bands of the two shapes are made with an exquisite group of printed fabrics from the second quarter of the 19th century with nice use of light and dark. Quilting is done with diagonal lines.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. The fabrics are strong and totally intact...
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...
This Wagon Wheels quilt has the finest quilting imaginable. The white ground is filled with swirling, intersecting feathers. The center white border is also done with a feather pattern flanked by chevrons in both red borders. Quilting of this quality is not often seen but particularly not in a straightforward pattern like this.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition...
This is an elegant example of a Caesar's Crown quilt. It is extremely finely quilted with a feather border and floral motifs throughout. The teal blue/green and reddish/brown prints are "dressier" than many of the more traditional reds and greens. The sawtooth border in a lighter color sets it all off well.
Some might want this washed but it is not imperative. The small spots could certainly be removed with a bath and the already dense quilting would appear even more prominent...
Classical French Provencal quilt that is totally reversible. The solid red side highlights the beautiful quilting consisting of alternating rows of cables and floral medallions. The reverse side features beautiful printed paisley fabric. The quilt measures 78" x 88", larger and more practical for a bed that these quilts usually are.
Made circa 1870; pristine condition.
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...
Never before have I seen an album quilt in which the flowers and berries are done entirely with stuffed applique. Usually, at most, there is a smattering of three dimensional applique but in this unusual album, it is all done with padding making for a very robust pattern.
The quilt is in excellent condition. It is all solid color fabrics. Use of the same berry or grape blocks in all four corners gives just the right amount of symmetry...
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 early Sunflower quilt is made of a stunning variety of mid 19th century printed fabrics, many of which are quite unusual. The solid red background in which each block is set highlights them perfectly. There is a heart quilted in the four corners of each of the red blocks.
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 70" x 84".
Made circa 1850.
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.
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 is a hand sewn and hand quilted antique doll quilt circa 1850-60. It is random and naïve and very pleasing to the eye. It has been professionally mounted. I love hanging these doll quilts on fronts and backs of doors. (I have run out of wall space!) This one is 16" by 16" and mounted 18" by 18".
All hand pieced and quilted cut corner doll quilt.
It has been professionally mounted. There is one spot more noticeable in the picture than in person. The quilt is 17" wide and 19" long. The frame is 19" by 21". This little amazing quilt is out of a local attic a number of years ago. I love hanging these dear doll quilts on fronts and backs of doors. (I have run out of wall space!) Circa 1840