I had a delightful time teaching and presenting my antique quilts earlier this month at Quilt St. George. My friend Deonn Stott caught me in action during my Quilted Garden trunk show sharing this epic applique wreath quilt from my collection.
Another tumbling block star quilt but this one does not have a special solid center star. It does have some of my favorite crazy quilt cheater print (see the bird on the right under the pink diamond and more under the middle blue diamond). 1890.
here's the crazy quilt cheater again from about 1886
And here's a closer look of the crazy cheater diamond.
I was distracted doing genealogy research on this chimney album signature quilt from Lebanon, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. I post some close-ups later this week. 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).
Hexagon quilts are one of the earliest quilt patterns and have been popular (on and off) for more than 200 years. There are seemingly infinite ways to arrange hexagons but the most popular style is in small circular arrangements that we call Grandmother's Flower Garden.
Here's is a more unusual arrangement and quite early
Also popular are the large scale medallion settings:
A more unusual variation is this diamond setting called Mosaic
Sharing a pair of charming and unusual applique blocks from Pennsylvania from my collection.
Here's the pair together
And here is Karen Alexander's fancy computer mock up of a quilt with more of the blocks
There is actually at least 1 existing quilt made up of these blocks and they are an exact match to mine so I think my 2 blocks are leftovers from it. Hope to be able to learn more about it and share a photo. If you have ever seen another quilt or blocks with this pattern, please let me know.
One of my luckiest finds was this 1830s blocks 9 Patch quilt top which was an early addition to my collection. It was sold on ebay as 1880s and I still remember looking at it with Trestain's Dating Fabric book and starting in the 1880s section and having to go farther and farther back in time to finally find the fabrics in the 1830s and pre-1830s sections. The blocks were put together at a later date by machine.