Monday, January 22, 2018

1840s Antique Signature Quilt Bucks Co. PA -X Marks the Spot Part 1

This X block or "Old Italian Block" signature quilt is a wonderful combination of Turkey Red prints and light blues (some double/Lancaster blues). It is from Bucks Co. Pennsylvania and the main family name is VanZant or VanSant.

Most of the names were applied via signature stamps. Here's an eagle stamp.

And more of the beautiful Turkey Reds. That paisley print is lovely and so is the blue and red stripe.

And even more of the reds and blue and signatures.  The top left name is D.W.B. Goodno stenciled inside a leaf shape.

Stay tuned to learn about the mystery hidden inside this quilt for more than a century ...

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dated 1858 Antique Signature Quilt from New York City, New York

Wonderful antique signature quilt made for a beloved Methodist Episcopal Sunday School teacher, Esther McAllister in New York City in 1858.

Click on photo to enlarge and read this moving poem showing how much the group loved their teacher.


The full quilt, dated 1858, made by the Willet Street Methodist church.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Antique Bowtie Crib/Doll Quilt- Starley Quilt Collection

Such a charming little antique treasure! The diagonal seams create a bowtie effect and you can never go wrong with a flying geese border.  **And note, as I mentioned previously, the mix of prints and plaids/checks. Don't forget that when you are making reproduction quilts.

Here's the full quilt -found by Molly at Fourth Corner Quilts. Quilt is circa 1850s

 And a closeup of the the blocks and borders.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Antique Lily Crib Quilt -two step greens, turkey reds, and chintz

Lily block center of a charming little crib quilt made for a clearly cherished child in the 1840s. Starley quilt collection, part of my Sweet Little Things antique quilt study class or trunk show and also my Birds and Blooms show.

Here's the full crib quilt

This is another example of a two step green (yellow + blue = green) where the yellow has gone leaving the blue behind. And the flower is a Turkey Red print.

Detail of the blocks and the beautiful chintz floral border.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

1840s antique signature quilt Part 2 Antique Signature Stamps

See yesterday's post for more about this chimney album quilt from Delaware and Pennsylvania and dated in the 1840s. I also shared different close-ups of the signatures. Part of my popular Sign of the Times, antique signature quilt study lecture or class. An amazing opportunity to see these treasures up close, hands on, in the cloth!

The detailed leaf sashing fabric is stunning!

**The signatures from yesterday were hand drawn  but this block was done with a signature stamp.

And here's the type of signature stamp used at the time - I share several of these in my trunk show.


And here is that very same signature stamp used on the 1840s quilt


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Antique 1840s Signature Quilt

Chimney album block or Grandmothers Choice Block - dated 1840s signature quilt from Delaware and Pennsylvania. Starley Collection, part of my Sign of the Times antique quilt trunk show and class.

Here are some of the amazing signature blocks - enjoy!



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Antique Quilt -1850 New Jersey Signature Quilt Part 2

To see the full quilt and more of the story of Elizabeth Hoppough's quilt from Hunterdon Co, New Jersey, click back to yesterday's post. To see more of my antique signature quilt collection, tell your guild or local shop or show, to contact me 

Here's the full block for George Edgar Cox

Don't you just love that tiny gingham check on Ms. Hoppough's block! People often think checks like this are modern repairs but they are definitely period prints.
**Note: one of the tricks to make a reproduction quilt look authentic is to mix prints and checks and plaids as that was a common practice in the 1800s.


And who can resist a Turkey Red and yellow floral strips and the leaf hearts!

And red & white polka dots - always a winner. And those other dots that kind of look like eyeballs ... so much wonderful fabric.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Antique Signature Quilt from New Jersey 1850

chimney album signature quilt from Hunterdon County, New Jersey. I'll post some close-ups below. Main surname is Hoppough and was likely made for Elizabeth Hoppough whose name and birth date of 1835 are listed in a center block and her parents are also on the quilts as well as their next door neighbor Elizabeth Neighbor (no, I can't make this stuff up).

Don't you love this heart fabric !

And this amazing dark Prussian Blue carnation? print

Here's the dedication block for Elizabeth Hoppough who was born in 1835 in Hunterdon Co, NJ. -Western New Jersey next to Pennsylvania. You can see the chrome orange dye was not stable.

And the sashing is a two step green (yellow + blue) and the yellow has come out in  spots leaving only blue. ps. nice zigzag quilting

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Prussian Blue Stars and Stripes - Antique Quilt

Wonderful Prussian Blue stars set in a Prussian Blue stripe. c. 1860

Here's more of the stars, each different based on fabric placement. Click on the picture to enlarge and see the paisley blue/gold binding print.


This is one of my favorite fussy cut stars in the quilt! Starley Quilt Collection

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Antique Caesars Crown Quilt - Starley Antique Quilt Collection

I've become a big fan of the intricate Caesars Crown  quilt block and have several antique examples. It is one of those patterns that really changes with color placement.


Such stunning fabrics especially this Prussian Blue! And it is all hand curved pieced, not appliqued!

The blocks in this early example are beautifully framed by an expertly curved pieced sashing!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Day 12 - more antique printed patchwork and novelty fabrics

More faux patchwork, printed patchwork, aka cheater cloth. This one is a calendar print dated 1881 and featuring a calendar for each month of 1881. I love how each one also details the stages of the Moon. And of course, the simulated patchwork print background is a delight as well.

And even more fun ... finding the print in a quilt! Yes, it is in the same tumbling block star I shared yesterday with the cat/dog print.

And here's a sweet little bird. Also in the photo you can see how closely the maker matched the fabrics in the 3 sets of star points, specifically the points across from each other (the 2 small greens, the 2 yellows, and the 2 dark prints w/red).

And another one, maybe a swan? And again notice how closely matched the prints are (two small scale greens, 2 brown prints, and 2 reds).


Cats and Dogs on Quilts, oh my, Antique Novelty Prints

I know that can't really ALL be my favorite but a lot of them can be favorites! Gotta love this antique faux patchwork print (cheater cloth) with cats (and dogs) and wonderful madder orange paisleys. Part of my fun and educational antique quilt study class.


And the maker of this solid center tumbling block star quilt from PA  obviously really liked the fabric too.

Here's the red tie cat

And the greyhound dog

There are a lot of other novelty prints used in the quilt including a calendar print dated 1881 (more about that one at a later date- calendar humor). And greek keys and several cheeky cherubs like this guy.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Antique Crib Quilt Burgoyne Surrounded - Double Sided Crib Quilt

A rather unique crib quilt featuring 4 Burgoyne Surrounded blocks circa 1860. Burgoyne Surrounded isn't a super common quilt pattern and is even less common as a crib quilt.  Starley Quilt Collection, part of my Sweet Little Things antique crib/doll quilts trunk show or antique quilt study class.


Such an unusual fabric choice for a two color quilt - so busy that the block design can hardly be deciphered close up and needs distance to be truly appreciate.

The pieced backing is a nice surprise. It is an earlier/older top that was likely recycled to create the quilt. Note the Baptist Fan/ Elbow quilting


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