I've learned so much studying this antique signature quilt. It is dated 1850 from Chester Co. Pennsylvania and made for Enoch and Mary Hoopes Worrall. From the Worrall, Hoopes, Davis, Windle, Umstead, Hicklen, families.
Love sharing this beautiful signature quilt that is also a genealogical treasure. The center block reads Enoch and Mary Worral's children and then lists them (living and deceased) and in the very center states that it is "Enoch and Mary Worrall's Quilt.
As interesting fact about the quilt, it is really a red, green, and white quilt as it has Scarlett, Green, and White surnames. Thomas & Hester White are in the block above.
And several of the blocks have even more genealogical information.
You may have noticed that there are 2 different blocks in the corners of the bottom row. They are leftovers from the quilt made for Enoch and Mary's daughter Mary Worrall and are dated 1846 when her quilt top was made.
Love the hypnotic effect of this hexagon medallion quilt, c. 1870 from the Starley Antique Collection.
Closer look at the Madder Brown fabrics alternating with shirting fabrics. *Remember to click on photos to enlarge and see more details.
One of my favorite things about this quilting is the simple and yet creative hand quilting pattern. The maker used a simple overall grid pattern. A much easier pattern than quilting around each hexagon by hand and it would be a super way to quickly machine quilt a hexagon design.
One of many signature/name blocks in my dated 1843-44 Ohio Star quilt from Philadelphia and surrounding towns. This block for Henry Jones was stamped with a signature stamp with 2 charming cherubs (angels) on top and anchors and maybe a lyre on bottom. Mr. Jones was a Quaker from Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. A Welsh Quaker living in a Welsh town with a lot of other Joneses.
And here's the block for CE Green: a grape vine branch. A number of blocks also have Green surnames. From Gwynedd, PA
Love this wonderful little bird carrying a ribbon for RL Simmers. Several blocks have the Simmers name. This one belongs to a teenage girl from Gwynedd PA.
Here is the full quilt, very large 104" x 108" with a variety of signatures/names from Philadelphia, PA and the Welsh Quaker town of Gwynedd, also Bristol, Bucks Co, Montgomery etc. Some of the surnames are Green, Simmers, Foulke, Lukens, Jones, Downing, Huffnagle. Based on Quaker meeting records, I have confirmed that this is a Quaker quilt. And the surnames and Quaker style dating method on blocks, also support this conclusion.
An amazing quilt full of LOVE! Made in 1858 for Sister Esther McAllister, a Sunday School teacher in New York City. She was one of the founders of the Methodist Episcopal Sunday School program and her husband was the Reverend at the time of the Willet Street ME Church.
The quilt is full of love as shown by the heart motifs (both visible and hidden) and the loving sentiments written in the quilt blocks.
Bethlehem Star, circa 1850 from Pennsylvania. One can't help but smile when looking at this quilt! Part of my antique quilt trunk show, Quilt Masterpieces.
From the eBay listing: "An amazing rising sun quilt with satellite stars and deep blue print background. I love the way this quilt was designed with the blue background. The center star floats against a blue background sky."
Note: the quilt top is from around 1850 BUT it was finished much more recently probably in the 1940's or 50's. That is when it acquired that wild yellow backing.
Sending Holiday Cheer with this floral wreath from my 1850 Virginia Crib Quilt. The quilt was clearly made for a beloved child. Amazing this quilt survived the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
And another lovely floral motif from the VA crib quilt. And yes, it is a "signature" quilt but mostly initials instead of full names. And done in teeny cross stitch. be sure to click on the wreath photo to enlarge it and see the little stitches.
And tulips on this block with more cross stitch initials.
And a bit more of the antique quilt with my recreation.
Caesar's Crown is a technically difficult pattern which is probably why I'm collecting antique versions rather than making one of my own. This is a signature quilt from 1851 from Berks/Montgomery Co, PA (near Philadelphia) from the Starley Antique Quilt Collection.
It was made for Elizabeth Bickel or Bechtel (seems to depend on the neighborhood and how English or German it was). The blocks were "signed" written by a paid professional scrivener or writer.
Such beautiful quilting expecially for a signature quilt which generally have very basic quilting as they are "all about the signatures/names".
Antique Princess or Prince's Feather Quilt, c. 1870.
Starley Antique Quilt Collection.
Back in the day, this would have been a very Christmasy Red and Green quilt but unfortunately, the green dye is "fugitive" and most of it has run away. Fugitive dye means it is unstable and there will be color loss. The turkey red dye was very stable.
Another Christmas-y quilt, an elegant reel block quilt in red and green. 1850-likely from Maryland. Love the secondary design created by the block placement and of course that swag and tassel border!
Starley Antique Quilt Collection
Close up of the swag border. Look at the quilting under the green swag piece - yes, those are 2 spoons. Now look above the swag- a pair of quilted scissors. Be sure to click on the photo to enlarge so you can see the detail.