Antique Quilts: From Stella Rubin Antiques, Quilt expert and author
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All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1930 item #1383789
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$1,085
Vibrant Trip Around the World quilt done entirely in solid colors. The piano key border is the ideal frame. Twentyfive patch corner blocks are a most unusual feature. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. It is from Lebanon County, Pennsylvania; circa 1930's. Measurements are 80 inches square.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1920 item #1383460
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$2,200
This Pots of Flowers Quilt is unusual in that it is simultaneously fanciful and elegant. The blossoms are far larger than their container giving this otherwise elegant quilt a touch of whimsey. The entire quilt is done in cotton sateen making it "dressier" than many. The applique and reverse applique are elaborately done. Measurements are 84 inches square. Unwashed, excellent condition. Made circa 1920.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1920 item #1380859
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$785
This Baskets quilt is actually pieced as many traditional baskets are but the placement of color makes it an unusual variation. The body of the Basket looks like a Flying Geese pattern because the white triangles are on the outside and it doesn't have the blue to give the appearance of an outline. Whether this was intentional or not, we will never know but it makes for a very interesting pattern. The Wild Goose Chase border is a good anchor for the open, airy pattern. The quilt is in pristine, ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1920 item #1380347
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$625
Charming Baskets of Chips quilt done in a soft shade of pink. It is in pristine, unwashed condition. It is nicely quilted with circles and arcs. It is interesting that the quilt is made entirely of triangles. The Basket itself is comprised of three triangles and the border is made of right angle triangles. Measurements are 60" x 72". Made in Ohio; circa 1920.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1920 item #1380060
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$6,800
This classic Lancaster County Amish Diamond in a Square quilt is done with the most desirable of jewel colors. The front is entirely made of wool with a cotton backing. The center square is quilted with concentric stars. Both purple interior borders are quilted with what is known as a pumpkin seed pattern. The outer red border has the traditional scrolling feather. All of the needlework is finely done. The in intials SB are embroidered on a back corner. The interior of the quilt is in excell...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1920 item #1379909
Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts
$875
Unlike the usual overall Tumbling Blocks quilt pattern, this one separates the blocks into clusters. This variation creates six point stars in the white open spaces. The use of solid color fabrics make the three dimensional pattern especially effective. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 72" x 80"; Ohio origin. Made circa 1920's.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1910 item #1379629
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$725
This Fleur de lis pattern is exquisitely quilted. The ivory blocks have an unusual, four lobe oval design. The quilt is made entirely of a blue printed fabric from the very early 20th century. The quilt is in unwashed condition. Some prefer it that way but a wash would make the fine stitching even more prominent. Measurements are 70" x 84". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1910.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1940 item #1379237
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$5,850
Hawaiian quilt are sought by collectors for their beauty and rarity. They are traditionally made of a single applique pattern that fills the entire top. The method by which it is created is the same as paper cutting or scherenschnitte, popular with Pennsylvania Germans. The motif usually reflects local flowers and/or vegetation. They are stitched with echo or contour quilting that follows the applique pattern. This fine example is done in a stunning shade of blue. It has been professionally la...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Textiles : Pre 1920 item #1378600
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$725
This Grandmother's Flower Garden is an especially fine example of one of the most popular quilt patterns of the 1930's. It is made with small pieces that are perfectly color coordinated. The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. It measures 76" x 88", large enough for a queen size bed which is unusual for a quilt of this era. It was made by the same person as the Double Wedding ring item #1378425. Ohio origin; circa 1930's.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1900 item #1378028
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$1,575
This Baskets of Flowers quilt could not be more bold and straightforward. It is well pieced; appliqued and quilted. Using the same colors for the details of the Baskets as well as the flowers pulls it all together. At first glance, it appears that the red and green flowers on the left of each basket are done with reverse applique. Closer examination, though, shows that the green was actually stitched on top of the red. The piece is very well quilted with a wreath in each off block and cable patt...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1900 item #1377666
Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts
$695
Agreed - this is one of the oddest names for a quilt pattern but it is well established. This example is especially graphic because of the use of solid colors and the small scale. Extending the circular blocks into the border gives an added twirling movement to the pattern. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in immaculate condition. The top is probably 50 years older than when it was backed and quilted about 1940. Measurements are 71" x 76"; Iowa origin.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1920 item #1376352
Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts
$1,950
Both sides of this Patriotic and Light and Dark Log Cabin quilt depict iconic American images. The printed flags, with 48 stars, are pieced together from what was probably fabric for parade flags. Arizona was the 48th state admitted to the Union in 1912 and it is likely that the fabric was for that celebration. The way the panels of the printed fabric are pieced together gives a terrific abstract quality to the patriotic image. The Light and Dark Log Cabin on the reverse dates to the 1890's. I...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1900 item #1373784
Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts
$875
Five large starbursts or compass/ stars make a bold statement in this unusual quilt. It is made of blue chambray that gives it a soft, almost denim like quality. It is well quilted with diamonds throughout. The stars are machine appliqued. Repetition of the points of the stars to create the border is a clever touch.The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in immaculate condition. Measurements are 66" x 79". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1920 item #1373452
Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts
$2,850
To the best of my knowledge, this Boots pattern quilt is a one of a kind. Because of the two colors, I am not certain whether they are meant to be boots or high button shoes, but in either case, it is a real rarity. There are 156 boots which gives it all a wonderful abstract quality as well. It is stitched with something of an echo pattern around the boots. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 60" x 74". The quilt came with a vague provenan...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1920 item #1371884 (stock #2450)
Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts
$2450.00
New York Beauty is a difficult pattern to execute which may be why I have never before seen them done as a pair. This pair is especially well pieced and quilted. The off blocks are quilted with finely stitched bouquets of flowers. At the intersections, the maker made the unusual choice of miniature Dresden Plates. The colors are very soft and pleasing. Included with the quilts is a matching pair of square throw pillows. One quilt measures 63" x 96" and the other is 63" x 100". They are from Wa...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1920 item #1370238
Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts
$2,985
Alphabet quilts are a rare breed. When attempted, the maker often has difficulty getting the 26 letters to be placed symmetrically but the creator of this quilt found a good solution. She created star like blocks for the top and bottom corners making it all come out even. There is a quirky element, though, in that only the letter J has a period after it. What could that represent? This quilt is in pristine condition. It has been professionally laundered. It is from Pennsylvania; circa 1920's. ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Textiles : Pre 1940 item #1368559
Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts
$875
This charming House quilt is a pattern designed by Ruby Short McKim in 1935. She sold fabric as well as instructions for blocks to make either a quilt or a pillow or stool top. This example has a combination of solid and gingham fabrics, most likely sold by McKim, that make a soft yet lively composition. It is in unwashed condition. There is one spot about the size of a dime near the bottom binding but no other condition apologies. It is quilted with cable patterning throughout the sashing and...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1920 item #1366363
Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts
$2,350
This precisely made New York Beauty quilt was well stored for the last nearly hundred years. It is in the condition in which it was taken off the quilting frame. It is well pieced and quilted. The off blocks are stitched with large wreaths. LeMoyne stars are a good choice for the centers of each block. It measures a generous 90" x 96". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920's.