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
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...
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...
What could be better for the country or textile collector than a rare pair of homespun linen pockets outlined with dark brown thread. They are a little bit darker tan than the pictures. The stitches are tiny on all the seams and then as decoration she used a basting stitch that also was utilitarian in fortifying the seams. The shape is the nice older form with an elongated body with more curves...
This unusual version of a Joseph's Coat quilt pattern has an especially "painterly" quality. Traditionally, one group of the seven colors makes up the entire quilt. This scaled down rendition may be unique.
It is from Pennsylvania; circa 1880. The red blocks are quilted with one inch squares. Quilting in the primary blocks follows the outlines of the stripes.
Measurements are 72 inches square. There is slight fading to one corner of the backing but the front is in flawless condition.
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.
To the best of my knowledge, this geometric indigo and white quilt is an original pattern. When deconstructed, one can see that it consists of Four Patch blocks around an Hourglass. When combined, though, one finds a completely different visual pattern.
It is quilted with straight lines and diamonds. Condition is excellent. The small stars in the indigo print are often associated with the time of the Centennial. Measurements are 76" x 78";Pennsylvania origin.