Saturday, June 3, 2017

Dated 1846 Signature Quilt Easton, PA

This is one of the more unusual quilts in my antique signature quilt collection. Dated 1846 from Easton, Pennsylvania. A striking combination of the standard album block and the Carolina Lily block.



It was made for Solon Chapin by his mother in law, Mary Hocker. Here's the dedication block. I just adore the makers who labeled and dated their quilts so clearly.


And here's the block she made for herself proudly stating she was 70!

And one made from her friend who had died during the making of the quilt at aged 86.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Quaker Signature quilt - trunk show or class

One of my favorite antique signature quilts is this early variable star quilt from Gwynedd, near Philadephia, Pennsylvania.  Gwynedd was settled by Quakers from Wales. The quilt is dated 1841 and 1843

 Stamped signature block from Henry Jones - Jones is a common Welsh surname and there are several on the quilt.

 There are several blocks from the Simmers family including this sweet little bird carrying a ribbon. This is for one of the daughters in the family. Also Quaker.

C.E. Green- name 'hidden' among the grape leaves.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Treasures from the Newark Museum- Hexagons

One of the wonderful benefits of attending the Annual seminar of the American Quilt Study Group is getting special access to amazing quilt treasures. We saw many at the Newark NJ Museum. Here is one of my favorites. Small scale, fussy cut, hexagons more than 200 years old! Scroll down to end of post to see the display card and read about this wonderful textile.






Thursday, January 26, 2017

New Year Blues- Ocean Waves

Got the blues, I do, right here! Can't go wrong with 1890s Blues. The end of the century was the heyday for blue fabrics in a variety of colors and patterns.


c. 1890 Ocean Waves quilt top, Starley Antique Quilt Collection


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